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
By Bishop Jose Luis
In the Catholic Church, February 11 is the day of prayer for the sick as we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. It was then Providential (with a capital “P”) that we chose the day before to gather at Hope House for a short prayer for our sick children and their families.
Today marks the 27th Anniversary of International World AIDS Day, a day when countries the World over stand together in solidarity, and reflect on the progress made in the fight against HIV and its impact on individuals, families and communities. It also is time to honor and commemorate those who lost their lives and have succumbed to HIV and its related complications. Read more
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 alleviate 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.