We are extremely excited to be expanding the care offered by The Camphors to include Palliative Care. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines Palliative care as:
“…an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing problems associated with life-threatening or life limiting illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.”
Our Palliative Care services will include:
- A full home care assessment to determine the needs of the patient and their immediate family. This includes making use of recognised pain and functional assessments tools.
- Liaison with other relevant health care professionals, including doctors, specialists, oncologists, pharmacists, social workers or psychologists.
- Practical tips and advice for managing various symptoms at home.
- Discussion around quality of life and advance care planning.
- Counselling and assisting with adjustment to end-of-life losses
- Ongoing support visits and monitoring in your own home, or arrangement of admission to The Camphors, or any other appropriate care facility if requested.
- Grief and bereavement support
There are many myths around Palliative Care, and we hope to be instrumental in dispelling these myths in the community and giving individuals who are seriously ill the opportunity to live as well as they can, for as long as they can in their own homes with our support.
Our Palliative Care facility is based in Hillcrest, Durban.
PALLIATIVE CARE MYTHS
|Palliative Care hastens death||No! It provides comfort and support from the time of diagnosis of a life-limiting illness until the end-of-life.|
|Palliative Care means there is no hope||PC can be given whilst still receiving active treatment! It focuses hope on the quality of life and living life as fully as possible.|
|Pain is a part of dying||Pain does not have to be a part of the end-of-life experience. PC aims to alleviate pain and suffering.|
|Morphine speeds up death||No! Morphine is effective for pain relief and appropriate doses do not hasten death. Going on to morphine does not necessarily mean you have just days left to live.|
|Palliative Care means going into a hospital or hospice||Palliative Care can be provided wherever you are.|