Experience has taught us that knowledge is power.
By promoting community and even doctor awareness of the total Centurion Hospice service we not only create awareness about the necessity to detect life-threatening illnesses early for better success in treatment, but also that there need not be any fears associated with such a prognosis and that isolation and indignity associated with the dying process is groundless.
Most importantly, in advocating for palliative care, we demystify pain management giving patients with a terminal illness the opportunity to extend their quality of life by pain and symptom control.
In our world terminal does not mean contagious, dying does not have to be accompanied by pain, and death certainly does not include loneliness or obscurity!
Hospice care is about life and living well until the time of death
Palliative care affirms life and looks after the ‘whole person’
As an NPO, we are reliant on public donations
The In-patient Unit is a peaceful and welcoming place, with a high ratio of staff to patients ensuring best quality of care. Everything is done to ensure that patients are comfortable and supported.
Palliative Care staff understand that honest and open communication between patient, family and care team is essential. Patient autonomy is upheld and decisions respected.
The IPU has 4 single rooms and one 4-bedded ward.
Funding & Sustainability:
As a non-profit organisation that serves the community the hospice unfortunately does not benefit from the receipt of a state subsidy, yet we strive to maintain sound financial stability to maintain or improve our various services. This we can only do through long-term sustainable projects, continuous community and business support including fundraising programmes, or individual and corporate donations and sponsorship’s.
We are proud of the fact that we have a successful Bargain Shop on our premises which is maintained by the input of a corps of motivated volunteers. The shop depends on public donations of second-hand or unwanted goods and word-of-mouth marketing – and it raises a large part of our monthly income.
This is supplemented by a tea garden with a venue where various projects, including events or small conferences, can be accommodated.
We also supply items of equipment including wheelchairs at a nominal rental fee
Should any of these sources of income or components to raise funds fall away, we would be in dire straits as we cannot cover our running costs from any other structured benefactors or sources.
Continuous soliciting through additional funding proposals, generous and continued community support, and a committed volunteer staff all contribute and play a critical part in the bid to ensure our financial survival in today’s global fiscal slide.
There are now several major projects – either as an identified priority, or in an advanced planning stage – to increase our effectiveness as an important social service provider within the community, and with the community as the targeted beneficiaries of these services. These will include a separate paediatric wing with all its related needs, another adult in-patient care wing, a chapel and remembrance wall, extending the Bargain Shop and developing an efficient state-of-the-art clinical services and administration building.
Every one of these can be seen as an integral part of the hospice deliverables, but by becoming a reality and functioning as a whole they will provide for a complete and sustainable facility for the future.
We are therefore sourcing providers that can donate, subsidize or sponsor several specific needs or assist in making it a reality. This includes:
- Planning and executing extensive upgrading of the existing buildings, building of the new office and clinical building, the chapel and remembrance wall.
- Procurement of a satellite hospice venue in Midrand and facilitate a similar business model as in Centurion.
- Upgrading our IT network, including hardware and software.
- Increasing our transport fleet. Vehicles are such a necessary and vital part of our ability to function as it is required to transport care givers, nursing and other professional staff, as well as patients to and from the hospice. We also need to take delivery of donations, deliver equipment and other items to patients and make courtesy visits to benefactors, donors or transport staff to events.
- Paediatric beds, accessories, toys and even electronic items. There will also be an outside play area that would require various items.
- Landscaping of the premises to make it a more attractive and welcoming venue to visit.
In addition we would like to participate and be included in any future fund-raising events being planned by individuals or business people.
Volunteers are encouraged to join our team including school learners who need to score social responsibility points. Every helping hand makes a huge contribution.
Every person taking part in our activities is making it possible for another living human, being faced by the approaching inevitability of their final journey into the unknown, to do so with dignity and quality of life.
What if this person was your child, a family member, or YOU ?
We offer the following Services:
- Home Based Care
- Bereavement Care
How can you assist us:
- Our Charity Shop accepts and sells all donated items.
- Visit our Tea Garden for delicious light meals
- Our Training centre can be used for group meetings and functions
- Any cash donations or monthly payments are welcome.
Criteria for registration with hospice:
- If a patient doesn’t fall within Centurion Hospice’s registration criteria, they will be referred to the appropriate support system.
- Chronic illnesses that are not end-stage e.g. alzheimers, renal dialysis, psychiatric disorders.
- alcohol/drug withdrawal
- What can you expect from Hospice care?
- Quality palliative care and support by an Interdisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, social workers and counsellors.
- Holistic assessment and management of pain and other distressing symptoms
- Support that protects the dignity of the patient, and honours their individuality.
Centurion Hospice is a community-based organisation belonging to all those within the boundaries of Centurion, Laudium and Midrand (each hospice area has its own allocated service area). The hospice is driven and maintained by its membership base.
The hospice first opened its doors in 1966 with an 11-bed in-patient care unit and a home-based care unit. The in-patient care unit ran for several years until the running costs exceeded the income necessary to keep such a unit operating.
The current staff and board of governors see it as their calling to serve every person, regardless of race, young or old, suffering from a life-threatening illness.
The hospice encourages the community to register for the palliative care programme as soon as possible after diagnosis so that they can provide the patient, the patient’s family and close friends with the necessary holistic quality care.
The hospice has a dedicated staff of registered nurses and psycho-social workers who visit the patient and family on a regular basis to ensure that the correct care is provided in all the phases the patient goes through with their illness. This care ensures that the patient and their family maintain dignity throughout the course of the illness, in death, and into the bereavement period.
The hospice goes the extra mile to provide assistance in the spiritual and cultural aspects of care. We have spiritual leaders and counselors who offer their loving support voluntarily to the patients and their loved ones.
The palliative care team are very ably supported by the administrative staff who work to ensure that sufficient funds are generated through donations from the community.
The hospice has embarked on creating sustainable income through the Lime Tree Tea Garden, the laundry and a nursery.
The current management team and board of governors had a dream to reopen the in-patient care unit as there is such a big demand for this service. Throughout the Tshwane municipal area there are currently very few beds available where those suffering from life-threatening illness can be assisted. In September 2016 we re-opened the in patient unit with 8 beds.
The hospice encourages the community to become involved through the following: monetary donations, becoming members/friends of hospice, offering their time as a volunteer or becoming involved in the board of governors. Community members can also speak to their friendly staff to find out more on how they may help.
No donation or involvement should be seen as insignificant, the hospice can use all one has to offer to sustain this vital service.
The Centurion Hospice has a fully equipped restaurant for private functions or lunch with international chef, Safwan Karkout.