Nightingale Hospice De Aar

3 Voortrekker Street / P.O. Box 342 De Aar 7000
tel: (053) 631 1418; Fax (053) 631 1377
Cell: 082 202 4088
NPO No: 011-332


History of Noghtingale Hospice

Noghtingale Hospice Non-Governmental Organization in De Aar that falls within the Pixley Ka Seme region in the Northern Cape. It is spread over a large geographical area within 6 Municipalities. Because of the high rate of unemployment and poverty there was a rapid increase of people infected with HIV/AIDS and the service of this nature was identified. Following the sound development principles and the Social teaching of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of De Aar, Hospice was then established in 1994 and became a satellite of Good Shepherd Hospice Middleburg Eastern Cape through the dedication of Bishop Joseph Potocnak and Sr Catherine Thomas (SCJ).

A governing board was elected and Professional Staff was appointed i.e. Professional nurse, Staff nurse, Secretary, 5 Caregivers as volunteers and a Cleaner. Training and support programs were provided to a small number of HBC, as at that time the Church focused only on 8 towns.

hospiceIn November 2001 a new governing board was elected and thus partnership with the Department of Health and Department of Social Development was formed with a very good relationship. The need had since then became bigger and a demand of more service delivery was needed and at this stage the Eastern Cape Good Shepherd Hospice could no longer assist Nightingale Hospice in the Northern Cape. More Professional Staff has been appointed and the service have spread to 11 extra towns.

Noghtingale Hospice has ever since become affiliated member of HPCA – Hospice Palliative Care Association of SA.

Services rendered

  1. Home Community Based Palliative Care
  2. Day Care Centre – programs: Pediatric Palliative and Supportive care to Orphans and Vulnerable Children
  3. HIV/AIDS Counseling and Testing (HCT)
  4. ART Adherence support and TB Treatment Support
  5. Peer Education – Health promotion, Prevention and Education programs, Infection control and prevention.
  6. Care and Support to Health Care Workers in all programs.

Hospice is governed by a Board of governors, who are selected out of the community. They oversee that Hospice delivers quality comprehensive palliative care for all, as it is the vision of Hospice Palliative Care Association (HPCA) with whom we are affiliated. As members of HPCA we are involved in an accreditation process through COHSASA (Council of Health Standards Accreditation of SA), which ensures us to deliver quality palliative home based care in the 6 sub-districts of Pixley ka Seme District.

Our 5 main objectives are:

  1. To provide quality holistic home based palliative care to terminally ill, chronically ill in the end stage of life, orphans and vulnerable children (linked to Hospice patients) and the families.
  2. To provide comprehensive care and education to communities to be proactive in caring for families and to ensure that people have access to care and follow up, through an effective referral system.

This includes:

    • Door-to-door visits,
    • referral to appropriate service providers,
    • assist families to provide basic care to the frail,
    • assist clients to apply for legal documents and social grants where applicable and
    • DOTS to TB patients
  1. To facilitate support groups to provide psychological support to people infected and affected with HIV/AIDS and TB
  2. To provide an effective care and support network for the wellbeing of caregivers to ensure healthy and well-balanced carers.
  3. To promote positive living to our clients in providing health education, awareness and prevention programs.

Step-down / Sub-Acute Palliative Care Facility 2016:

Again the initiative taken by the Catholic Church, Diocese of De Aar in the Emthanjeni municipality Sub-district of Pixley Ka Seme Region Northern Cape, renovated the former Holy Cross Convent to be utilized by Noghtingale Hospice as a Step-down facility for terminally ill patients.

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