New Year greetings from Knysna Sedgefield Hospice!
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Welcome to Eflash January 2017!
In this month's news letter we cover;

  • A day in the life of a Hospice Doctor/CEO
  • Month 1 Challenge - Maintain Well Being
  • Up coming events
  • Lilita House and staff
  • Donor Club 4th quarter 2016 winners
  • My Village card appeal
A day in the life of a Knysna Sedgefield Hospice Doctor /CEO

What does your job entail?

There are 2 parts to my job:
  1. I am part of the clinical team and am involved in caring for patients’ pain and symptoms, so I see patients in their homes with the nurses working in each area or at day care. I am also involved in the training of our own staff and others who want to learn more about palliative care.
  2. I am the Manager of the organisation and work with a team of 4 managers to manage the day to day business of the organisation. We have a very supportive and involved Board of Directors whose members support us in overseeing what we do and a great team of hospice staff on both the clinical and non clinical sides .
Describe your average work day?

My day involves:
  • Visits to patients in their homes. This is very different from seeing patients in a consulting room as you are the visitor and the patient is more able to feel in charge. It also helps to understand the resources and challenges which inform the care plan.
  • Seeing patients at day care, where private conversations are easier than in a small home.
  • Working with the management team, administrative team and Board members to keep the organisation running.
  • Meeting with partner organisations, learning and teaching from time to time.
Best part of my job?

I love working with the clinical team and being involved with patients. I learn from every patient and family we are privileged to work with.  I also love working with our dedicated admin team to make sure things run smoothly and our wonderful volunteers who affirm the value of what we do by offering their time and talents to hospice.

Worst part of my job?

The worry about knowing what we need to spend each year, but not being sure where it will come from.

Why did you choose this area of specialisation in your career?

I studied for a Masters degree in Palliative medicine though UCT when the AIDS epidemic was affecting many of my patients and there were no antiretroviral (ARV) medicines available in the public sector. My aim was to learn to help patients manage their symptoms, which was all that could be done. The year I completed the degree, ARVs became available in the public sector and I was approached to apply for a job at Knysna Sedgefield Hospice. During my time working in the clinics, I had always admired the work of the hospice, so, despite being nervous about what I thought would be a very sad place to work, I applied. I started here in 2006, and have found it very fulfilling, with the knowledge that we are helping patients and their families to stay at home and be at the centre of choosing the care they wish for.

How to become a Hospice Doctor:

After basic medical degree, a 1 year diploma or a 2 year degree in Palliative medicine are offered at UCT
Knysna Sedgefield Hospice specialises in Palliative Care and holistic support and care for our patients and their families, we have decided to provide you with one challenge a month to help you and your loved ones lead a
Whether you’re a patient or a carer or not; your wellbeing is your most valuable resource. It determines your ability to work, cope with stress, recover from illness, have meaningful relationships and live a full and happy life. Maintaining wellbeing is a purposeful and deliberate act. It requires active self-care and for many of us the idea of self-care evokes a sense of exasperation and guilt. We battle to find the time, money and energy to do what we think is required to take care of our families and loved ones, let alone ourselves. So what can we do?

The simplest way to start is with nourishing yourself – body, mind and spirit. With all the different fads and theories out there, it can be difficult to know the best way to do this. I recommend that you keep it simple. Take time to tune in and really listen to what you need - rest, food, hydration, movement - and nourish accordingly with fresh un-processed food and drink, stimulating wholesome entertainment, connecting with people who care about you and time to be quiet and rest. Tuning in to your needs and nourishing yourself in a holistic way will build strength and resilience, but it can be difficult to do on your own, especially if you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed. There are self-care courses that you can do, but you can also work with a coach or counsellor to put a tangible and sustainable self-care plan in place.

Sometimes the greatest and most courageous act of self-care is reaching out for help from a professional like a counsellor or a coach, but it can also be the greatest act of care itself as we are the instrument of the care that we provide. In other words; taking care of ourselves is a service to our loved ones, because the more reserves we have in our little cup, the more we can offer.

If you would like to learn more about developing and sustaining holistic wellbeing, please feel free to contact Susan McGarvie on 082 574 7556 or or look at her website for more of her articles and services:
Susan McGarvie - Mindfulness and Wellness Coach
A big congratulations from all the staff here at Knysna Sedgefield Hospice to Andrew and Kim Joubert (Admin Manager and Bookkeeper) on the birth of their baby girl Sarah Ann Joubert on the 2nd January 2017. May she bring you all the joy in the world!
Upcoming Events 2017:
  • 2, 3, 4 March - Mega Book Sale 
  • 14 March - Gordi Brown concert
  • 24 March - Simola Golf day
  • 28 March - Remembrance Service
  • 5, 6 , 7 May - Simola Hillclimb
  • 11, 12, 13 May - Ballet
  • 14 October - Voices for Hospice
  • 4, 5 November - Leisure Isle Festival

Lilita House

Lilita House is a step-down facility, named by our staff (Lilita meaning 'light' in isiXhosa) managed by Knysna Sedgefield Hospice but funded by the Department of Health.

The step-down facility is a small house located on the grounds of the Knysna Provincial Hospital. The unit is managed by our professional nurse, Sr. Laminie. She is assisted by 10 Community Health Workers who work shifts. There are two 3 bedded wards for male and female patients.

Patients are referred to Lilita House by the Knysna Provincial Hospital when patients are still too ill to go home, but well enough not to be kept in hospital or they simply may not be able to care for themselves at home. The people admitted there are often orthopaedic or palliative care patients, their stay is up to 2 weeks.

Patients are provided with holistic care and are visited by a multidisciplinary team from the Hospital and Knysna Sedgefield Hospice to ensure excellent palliative care is delivered.

Sr. Mary-Anne Laminie
Our Lilita House staff from top to bottom, left to right; Patricia Mbangi, Elizabeth Gaula, Dalayne Michaels, Orienda Magida, Kaylene Christians
Our Lilita House staff from top to bottom, left to right; Gladys Zangana, Teresa Pedro, Bianca Olifant, Alicia Lourens, Chrissie Pretorius
R1985 was raised over Dec and Jan! We are thrilled with this amount but we are aware that now that Christmas spending is done, that figure will drop significantly. We unfortunately only average at R1600 per month. We desperately need help to reach our target of R2500 per month in 2017.

This is a passive and most importantly a sustainable form of income for us and one that is so easy to administer, saving precious time which enables us to focus on the many fundraising activities within our organisation.

This so easy it achieve with the help of you, our loyal Friends of Hospice. If you already have a card, please click on to check that 'Knysna Hospice' is nominated as one of/your only beneficiary. If you do not have a card yet, please pop into the office to collect an application form, we will even submit it for you and issue your card here at the office.  Please encourage your friends and families to take out cards and name us as the beneficiary.

Just a reminder that you can earn money for Knysna Sedgefield Hospice just by swiping your My Village card at Woolworths, Engen 1 Stop shops, Falcon Spur, Wimpy and many others.  Your contribution is greatly appreciated!
"Knysna Sedgefield Hospice is happy to announce that the last draw for 2016 has resulted in the following winners:
  • Philippa White from Knysna 1st prize
  • Chris Bourlay from Knysna 2nd prize
  • Robert Gibson from Cape Town 3rd prize
Mr Gibson has generously donated half of his winnings back to us! 
Donor Club is an on-going income generating project for Knysna Sedgefield Hospice. However, YOU as our loyal Hospice Friend, stand a great chance of winning up to R10 000!  All it entails is filling out an application form and paying R50 (the cost of one entry) per month/R600 per annum. This can be done via EFT, cash, cheque or debit order. 
Please contact Mariana for more details on 044)384 0593 or email her on
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