Prestige lends Hospice a helping hand
Bidvest Prestige in the Middelburg region has been donating cleaning services at Hospice Middelburg since 2007. Their building is a 13 roomed house which a Bidvest Prestige Cleaner cleans three times a week.
Hospice Middelburg started operating in 1999 as a non-profit organization serving the community of Middelburg Mpumalanga and is supported by the Rotary Club of Middelburg, community donations and councils. The beneficiaries of Hospice are terminally ill patients, young and old, of all races, who are given treatment and taken care of free of charge.
The support offered by Bidvest Prestige, including hygiene services, makes a difference by allowing the organisation to use funds to buy much-needed medicine and focus on taking care of their patients with the peace of mind of knowing their premises are clean.
In August 2015, Bidvest Prestige also made a contribution of R18 500 to Hospice Wits. All funding goes toward the organisation’s various programmes.
They offer a wide range of care services and support to patients in Johannesburg and Soweto with life-threatening illnesses. Hospice Wits extends support to the patient’s families and broader communities as well. Their experienced, multi-disciplinary team ensure they manage the pain and symptoms of patients under their care in order to improve their quality of life. Palliative care is provided either in the comfort of the patient’s home, or in the in-patient units situated in both Houghton and Soweto.
Owing to the high rate of indigence among their patients, Hospice Wits relies on donors to assist with monetary and in-kind support, without which, many patients and their families would have nowhere to turn.
The Hospice Wits clinical care programme objectives are as follows:
- To provide nursing care and support to the ever-growing number of people facing the trauma of life-threatening illness
- To relieve patients and their families of the fear and uncertainty associated with having to cope with a life-threatening illness
- To assist patients in living a quality life for as long as possible, by walking the journey of life-threatening illness with them and being there to ensure dignity and freedom from pain to the very end
- To provide nursing care and support to patients in their own homes through a vast home-based care programme, as well as through the In-Patient Care Units
- To provide psycho-social support and other essential components to both the patients and family
- To spread awareness of Hospice Wits services in order to reach more patients and families in need
- To encourage and allow affected individuals to go about their daily work and engage in economic activities that benefit the family, community and the country at large.