When "Hospice" Started
Swaziland Hospice At Home was established in 1990, by visiting nurse Mrs. Stephanie Wyer. On its inception the main focus was caring for cancer patients who were discharged and left to suffer at home. With the proliferation of HIV/AIDS in the country the organization had to broaden its scope and accommodate Aids sufferers who also were sent home because hospital capacities could not accommodate terminally ill patients.

What is "Hospice"?
Hospice is a specialized program of care for patients facing the debilitating effects of serious or terminal illness. Hospice also serves as a source of support for caregivers and those close to the patient. The hospice program is dedicated to helping maintain the highest possible quality of life by relieving pain and other symptoms of illness. We also help patients and caregivers understand and manage the changes associated with illness.

We recognize that every individual has unique physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs, and we are committed to ensuring that every patient receives care that is:

  • Comprehensive, coordinated and expert.
  • Provided with respect and dignity.
  • Delivered in a safe, comfortable setting.
  • In accordance with individual needs and beliefs.

Role of Hospice
To care and support the terminally ill patient by alleviating pain and suffering. Care offered by hospice is patient centered, tailored to meet the patients and relatives complex needs. Hospice is not a place but a philosophy of care which can be taken to the patients wherever they are at home or residential care. Hospice care purposeful and focuses on living rather than on dying.

Pallative Care
Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life threatening illnesses, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.

Terminal Illness
Is an illness that is active and progressive and there is no hope for cure.

Chronic Illness
Is illness that is incurable but can be controlled by medication and other interventions.