We offer the elderly a peaceful retirement environment with all amenities, close proximity to medical services, entertainment and major shopping centres. We provide a loving and healthy home to our children who thrive and enjoy a well-balanced and happy life. The Special Care Centre/ Hospice provides medical treatment to individuals infected with HIV and AIDS and other life threatening conditions. We reach out to the poor and homeless in the surrounding areas with food, clothing and blankets, and emotional support.
Care of the Elderly
Nazareth House is more than "home" to our residents, it is a place of peace and enjoyment, safety and hope.
Secutity, dignity, comfort and peace
For a frail elderly person without family or finances, life can be a terrifying ordeal. Add other various delititating physical and mental diseases that affect the elderly, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, and the options becomes even more limited.
With Government subsidised homes for the aged stretched to the limit, care of these vulnerable elderly people falls onto the shoulders of organisations such as ours.
We feel that caring for the elderly is a privilege as each one has made a valuable contribution to society in his or her own way.
The National and Provincial Social Welfare departments, the Children’s Court and the South African Police refer abandoned babies and children to Nazareth House. We currently have 30 babies and children in our care.
We are entrusted with caring for their physical, emotional and spiritual needs - we provide 24 hour care, housing, nutritious food, clothing, education, specialised nursing and medication.
Funding Helps us
Thanks to funding arranged by the South African Catholic Bishops’ Conference & PEPFAR and with the approval of the Health Department, all the eligible children started on an anti-retroviral drugs programme. This has been in place since 2004 and is having a huge impact on their well being and their ability to fight opportunistic infections.We are eternally grateful for this blessing and thank the funders for their generosity.
We strive to provide the children with as normal a life as possible. They attend the local nursery and primary schools, have fun playing in the gardens, riding bikes, going on outings, baking cakes, reading, watching TV and listening to music. (Some even receive horse-riding lessons, through the generosity of a benefactor.)
In co-operation with the Catholic Bishops of Southern Africa and PEPFAR, we provide a clinic for over 2000 patients from the local community, where ARV treatment is available for HIV/AIDS sufferers. We are also delighted to announce a new agrrement has just been signed with the Department of Health, Gauteng Province.
All of the Sisters and Staff involved in the ARVD programme have attended training courses regarding the administration of the medication, drug literacy and pre- and post-therapy counselling.
The patients are all given drug literacy training and will receive on-going counselling. But, more importantly, they have access to doctors and nurses who can treat the opportunistic infections they might also have, in a calm and loving environment.
St Basil’s Hospice
The hospice has transformed from a facility for terminally-ill patients to a comprehensive palliative care facility where patients receive 24 hour quality effective care, including psychosocial support and are equipped with income generating skills such as knitting. The number of discharges continuously increases as patients’ health improves, especially single mothers who need to provide and care their dependants. The number of children left orphaned or vulnerable therefore also decreases, with more children growing up as contributing adults within their community.
The Support Group
The successful treatment given at the Hospice and the Clinic has necessitated the formation of support groups to assist in the rehabilitation of patients. Sewing, cooking and beadwork workshops are held to establish life skills for the generation of income by the recovering patients.
Many young TB or HIV sufferers give up hope and stop taking the medication that is critical for their survival. The younger support group meet to encourage adherance to the medication plan and to receive professional assistance.
The TB infection rate has escalated beyond control and there are many different campaigns to motivate people to adhere to their medication as the virus is spreading at an alarming rate. The development of multi Drug Resistant TB has increased the need for the outreach programme even more.
This has created new challenges within the organisation, with the need for urgent care and malnutrition due to overcrowding in the homes and shelters. Providing care and support to patients extends beyond treatment but also aims to prevent infection between individuals and in communities. The overcrowded living conditions are extremely unhealthy for ill patients and an ideal environment for the breeding of germs and infections. Patients are encouraged to adhere to their medication, however the number of defaulters is still tremendously high.
Sister Bridget works closely with the Hillbrow Clinic. With her volunteer helpers, she visits, counsels, and ministers to needy AIDS and TB victims and their families, as well as the poor and destitute in Hillbrow, and the squatter camps in Jo Slovo and the Denver areas. Bread, nappies, mealie-meal, vegetables and clothing for the children and adults are distributed each week. In winter, blankets are sorely needed.
The outreach programme includes home visits, medical, physical and emotional support. Nazareth House provides food for those who are ill, to improve their nutritional status and enable them to adhere to their medication and heal without infecting others due to ignorance.
The risks and options available.
The biggest challenge for the outreach programme is to provide continuous care to patients, as many move around and leave no forwarding address. Tracing them requires lot of time and is not always possible. Even with these challenges, the number of beneficiaries of the outreach programme continues to grow as more people are in need of care and support
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