Hospice receives an upgrade

2019-04-16 06:01
The tranquillity room.

The tranquillity room.

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St Luke’s Combined Hospices in Kenilworth recently completed the much-anticipated renovations of their in-patient unit.

The hospice provides specialised palliative care to people with life-limiting illnesses. They assist more than 900 home healthcare patients every month through their satellite community day hospices located in various areas of greater Cape Town. Their services include quality nursing support, physical, emotional, psychosocial and spiritual care and bereavement support for patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

The hospice runs a 20-bed unit with a mix of single rooms and four-bed rooms. The renovations included the entire revamp of all the bathrooms, the upgrade of the garden and reflooring, as well as revamp of the patient accommodation, in particular, the signature patient suite – the Tranquillity Suite.

The majority of the renovations were carried out by the organisation’s in-house maintenance team to minimise the costs of the upgrades.

They pride themselves in the Tranquillity Suite which is designed to accommodate a patient and their family members to stay with the patient whilst they are receiving the necessary care.

The suite also has en-suite bathroom facilities, a bar fridge, television and lounge space. The suite opens onto a patio where families and patients are free to relax and enjoy the ambience of the garden and the recently built succulent rockery.

Bianca Moyo, marketing and events coordinator, says they feel proud that they are able to have the tranquillity room.

“It is heartwarming and amazing at the same time that we are able to afford the families quality time with their loved one in the most crucial time of their lives,” she says.

Moyo says the last few days for the patient are important and they wanted to make it special for them.

“With hospitals, you only get visiting hours. Here a limited number of family members can stay with the patient for the duration of their stay hence they are able to spend quality time together.

“Unlike a hospital, there are no rigid visiting hours and the Tranquillity Suite takes this a step further by allowing families to be present at the unit in a private space whilst the patient receives high-quality palliative care,” she says.

Patients are usually admitted as in-patients at the request of the organisation’s nursing team, for a short stay of up to 14 days to stabilise symptoms and manage pain, give families respite care or provideterminal care.

The unit itself provides 24-hour care to patients by means of a skilled team comprising of doctors, nurses, carers, social workers as well as spiritual counsellors.

V For more information visit their website on www.stlukes.co.za

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