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Social workers and palliative care

Author: Dianne Waddington, Helderberg Hospice
05 April 2018

At Helderberg Hospice we specialise in palliative care.

By definition, palliative care doesn’t look for a cure for a disease, as it is the active and holistic care of patients whose disease no longer responds to curative treatment. 

Our aim is to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Our comprehensive holistic care embraces medical, nursing, psychosocial and spiritual aspects.

Patients and their families affected by terminal illness are confronted by a number of difficulties, which may include family conflict, unresolved relationships, depression, anger and anxiety. Added to this are worries about practical issues, such as financial strain, employment, future care and the care of minor children in the family.

It is important to note that our social workers do not remove children, but that they work with families to ensure timeous planning for the care of potential orphans and vulnerable children. Should children be in need of alternative care, our social workers refer to child and family welfare organisations in the area for further follow-up and intervention.

It can be traumatic for the patient and their family to accept their circumstances and continue the difficult process of end-of-life planning for their loved one. Our professional social workers are highly trained and experienced, with a wealth of knowledge and skill, while their true worth lays in their caring hearts.

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