Home Based Care - 2016 (1)

Post date: Jan 24, 2018 6:44:14 PM

A lot has happened since the previous newsletter.

All the workers from Home Based Care and the mothers of Foster Care attended a two day EHBO course.They were very thankful for this opportunity. They all received a certificate proving their completion of the training.

We have welcomed our new CEO, Riesl Spies, and hope she feels at home soon. She has built up good relationships with all the workers. Since September, she has been working hard with drug addicted youngsters. She gave them a lot of creative things to do which helped divert their attention. Bible studies are very important to them, as they feel encouraged by them. They also try to practically apply what they have learned, by helping elderly people and others to do small jobs.

The vegetable garden looked very healthy in September, delivering many vegetables. We used these vegetables in the food parcels for education, and we gave them to patients who were unable to afford buying vegetables themselves. However, the drought came and the plants suffered due to the lack of water. In the beginning ofNovember, New Eersterust was struck by an enormous hailstorm with hailstones as large as golf balls. The storm also ruined many shacks and people had to be evacuated. The vegetable garden was also totally destroyed, and we had to start from scratch. We could however, easily mix in some compost and fertiliser before we began again. Our gardener, Thabo, was upset but has started anew. We haven’t sown as much this year due to the extreme heat and water restrictions.

There are 10 home carers caring for 80-90 patients per month, some of whom are critically ill. On average we cared for 8 to 9 daily patients what limited the total visits to 15 to 20 visits a day. 13 Patients passed away in 2015. Most of them were so sick, as they ceased taking their medication.

The support group and the elderly group work under Paulinah, who is a home carer and also a qualified seamstress. They make a lot of clothes. Initially, the foster care mothers chose clothes for their families, with the rest going to the community. There is even a lady who tries to attend the weekly aerobics classes after having suffered a stroke. It is a really nice group of people; people care for each other.

A new patient (38years old) came to the office asking for help. She suffered from TB and AIDS. She was diagnosed with TB and was receiving strong medication forsix months which lead to her becoming deaf. Initially, she lived with her mother in a small town half an hour from New Eersterust. Her mother treated her as a small child and she hated it. Her mother took her ID document and her card from Sassa preventing her from receiving her grant. So, this patient decided to live by herself. She got a small shack in Moshate Village - which falls within our care area. The problem was now that she had no income. We are now helping her to stop the previous grant and to get a new one. She is now also attending the support group and is very enthusiastic about it.

Another patient was discharged from the hospital for the second time with multiple serious pressure sores on her back, hips and heels. Her legs were pulled up at 45 degrees, and she couldn’t straighten them. The home care workers tended to her needs for 5 months visiting her twice a day, 7 days a week, assisting herin exercises amongst other things. She is now completely healthy. This patient is very thankful to the carers for their intensive care. She is now telling everyone willing to listen about these home carers and what they did for her. Even the neighbours confirmed what she said, ensuring that the carers helped the patient with a lot of compassion. The patient wanted to express her gratitude in this newsletter.

“I am Conny Sithole, a 41year old female. I live in New Eersterust, F4. I became sick in March 2015. I lost weight, and my health status was critical, and I was admitted to a hospital. Later I was transferred to another hospital. Slowly but surely, I developed huge pressure sores on my back, hips, heels and toes. It was truly horrible. I was discharged in this condition. At home, I remembered Kothatsong home care assisted me years before. Therefore, I sent my daughter to the Khothatsong office to ask for their help. The carers came twice a day ensuring wound care. They also assisted me in exercises to improve the position of my legs. It was very difficult for me, but the carers never gave up. They were very patient, hardworking and loving. They are amazing. They helped me physically, mentally and spiritually. The minister came three times per week. I want to thank the personnel and manager of Khothatsong from the bottom of my heart. I didn’t believe I would survive. Now I feel it my duty to make all sick people aware of the amazing organisation that is khothatsong home care. I am very proud of them. May God bless you.”

The home care workers always buy fruit and vegetables from a market named Fruit and Vegs. One day, the manager asked them what organisation always needs so much food. They told him about home care and Khothatsong. The manager asked them for a letter from the head of the organisation. Riesl wrote the letter. At the end of December, Fruit and Vegs donated 45 food packages to give to patients as well as a package for each home carer. The patients and carers were very happy with their gifts. Andrina, the head home carer, wrote him a thank you note. Next year they want to send Fruit and Vegs another letter, as well as Shoprite and Clicks.