News from Hope House

By Sr Elsa Joseph MSMHC

Hope House is a faith based charity centre serving as a hospice facility, a home for the terminally ill, HIV/AIDS and HIV/AIDS related illnesses. It is a center which serves as a half way-house between, hospital and home for those in need. Read more

HOPE HOUSE: a quiet and familiar place to support HIV/AIDS patients in Swaziland

HOPE HOUSE 3HOPE HOUSE is a faith based charity center, initiated by the late Bishop Louis Ncamiso Ndlovu in the Catholic Diocese of Manzini, and officially opened in April 2011.

It is a part of Caritas Swaziland’s  HIV and AIDS  Program, serving as an hospice facility. In this regard the center serves as a half way between hospital and  home for those in need because of the terminally ill, HIV/AIDS and HIV/AIDS related illnesses, regardless of their faith.

Our main objective is to HOPE HOUSEalleviate the physical, psycho-social and spiritual suffering of the terminally ill, through the provision of a quiet environment, palliative care, nutritional advice, counseling and companionship. The holistic care, comfort and user-friendly services are provided by a small group, including the Program Manager, palliative care nursing staff and gardener, who work closely with the caregivers and the housekeeper. Hope House provides a counseling service for patients and their carers, and a training of caregivers on how to support the person with a terminal illness on discharge.

The Center comprises 25 self-contained and furnished units, including a kitchenette, toilet and shower. Each unit can accommodate 2 people, the patient and his/her carer such as a friend or relative. We  also have a children’s unit who work in collaboration with the Rocking Horse project; a physiotherapy unit with a part-time physiotherapist and a part-time medical doctor to assist our patients.

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