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Hospice Voices of Love campaign

Ntombi Hatta

Introduction:

1. What is your name?
Ntombi Hatta

2. Which hospice do you work for?
Hospice Wits

3. What do you do there?
Home care Nurse

4. How long have you been there?
10 years and 5 months

In-depth:

1. Why did you decide to focus on palliative care?
I got interested in caring and helping others.

2. What gives you the greatest fulfilment?
Seeing the patient and family happy.

3. What do you find the most challenging?
To drive around and time management.

4. What do you think people find the most challenging about a life-threatening diagnosis?
Fear of the unknown.

5. What do you think that you personally bring to your job that reflects who you are as a person?
Compassion, care and patience.

6. How do you take care of your own health and balance?
Diet control, exercise and religion.

7. What is your advice to anyone else wishing to join your profession?
Dedication and compassion are the key.

8. What is your advice to anyone given a life-threatening diagnosis?
Contact Hospice and learn more about your disease.

9. What is your advice to the loved ones of anyone who is given a life-threatening diagnosis?
Same as above.

10. How do your loved ones feel about the work that you do?
Respect for my work. They rely on me with everything and anything.

11. What do you like the most about the hospice that you work with?
Professionalism.

12. Do you have a “motto” that you tend to live by that you would like to share?
Take it one day at a time and stay happy.

This article was first published on HPCA Care & Support click here to view the original article.

HospiceWits and Polofields Crossing team up for inaugural annual Book Fair

Books have always been a staple of HospiceWits shops in Johannesburg, with many people regularly dropping by to see which new pre-loved publications are gracing the shelves.

In an effort to expand this fundraising effort further, HospiceWits has now teamed up with the Polofields Crossing shopping centre in Waterfall for the first-ever annual Polofields Crossing Book Fair, set to be held at Polofields Crossing on 20 and 21 March 2021.

Promising to feature our largest collection of books yet, a special book tent outside Polofields Crossing will be erected for this weekend in celebration of the written word. Featuring everything from romance novels to science fiction, the Polofields Crossing Book Fair will have something for every reader. Whether you prefer fiction or non-fiction, self-help or history, poetry or prose, there’s sure to be something to satisfy your literary cravings among the wide variety of books on offer – and at great prices, too.

Adding to the festivities, Hot 91.9 FM and Mark Pilgrim will also be joining the reading revelry.

HospiceWits cordially invites all our loyal backers to support this effort by dropping by on Saturday and Sunday. We will also be accepting book donations – please feel free to bring along any pre-loved reading material when you come to replenish your stock!

Your contribution is invaluable, and enables HospiceWits to continue providing palliative care and support to the many terminal patients and their families that we serve across Johannesburg.

Visit the Polofields Crossing Book Fair in the book tent outside the centre from 09:00 to 15:00 on Saturday, 20 March and Sunday, 21 March, and page through some of the literary jewels on offer.

Just so we’re on the same page, though: take care to arrive early, before all the good stuff is sold! Get your caffeine fix from Manaka Coffee, and stock up on snacks at SuperSpar Polofields Crossing – we can’t wait to welcome you into this wonderland of words!   

Homecare sister goes the extra mile to help each patient

Sister Yolanda Tomlinson describes herself as an energiser-bunny caregiver who feels happiest when she sees others feeling comfortable.

Tomlinson works as a homecare sister at Hospice Wits Houghton, serving between 20 and 30 patients and their families in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg at any one time.

“It’s not a job. It is a calling. Palliative care is a very emotional, difficult job with people in the terminal stages of life. My job is to care for both the patient and their family. It requires a lot of patience and good listening skills,” said Tomlinson.

“Patients, most of whom are struggling with cancer, are in a lot of pain and families are often in denial and will not accept the diagnosis. My job is to get everyone on the same page and walk them through the final journey.

“It is so fulfilling to show people that they are not alone and there is someone that they can turn to.”

Tomlinson trained and worked as a nurse early in life and left the profession to pursue a career in the commercial world for a number of years.

“I always saw myself as a caregiver and knew the timing was right to return to nursing. My job requires a wealth of life experience and people skills, which helps me to face everyday challenges.”

She began working for HospiceWits in 2019 and has never looked back.

“The gratitude you get from families is so incredible. To see the stress fall off their faces and allay their fears is very fulfilling.”

Tomlinson describes her car as her office as she drives from patient to patient, picks up medicines and attends to calls.

“It sometimes becomes a juggling act when you have to see up to eight patients a day. I need to hold myself together and always give 100 per cent. The person who sees you at 8am and the person who sees you at 5pm must get the same you.”

With the exhaustion and emotional pressure of the job, Tomlinson said it was very important to look after herself, take time off, go for counselling and ensure that she was healthy, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I must ensure that I don’t have any symptoms of Covid-19 in order to protect my patients.”

HospiceWits CEO Jacqui Kaye described Tomlinson as a sister who provided quality nursing care to each patient.

“Yolanda is passionate about every patient and goes the extra mile to care and offer support.”

Published by the Rosebank Killarney Gazette, you can read the article here.

How you can help HospiceWits in 2021

The pandemic has put increased financial pressure on just about all of us, and this is also the case for NPOs like HospiceWits, who rely heavily on donations from the public in order to conduct our daily business. Taking care of the patients using our services and providing assistance to their families is what fulfils us and gives the team a wonderful sense of purpose and reward.

As the new year kicks off, we ask for your continued assistance to lighten the financial burden we carry. There are a number of ways in which you can contribute to the cost of patient care, as detailed below.

Fundraising

As a non-profit organisation, we do all our own fundraising to cover the costs of patient care in both Johannesburg and Soweto. This is a very important function, and we have diverse fundraising activities that are ongoing throughout the year.

These include our charity shops, where a variety of donated goods are sold. Ongoing appeals are sent to individual donors, corporates, trusts, foundations and other grant-makers. As a public benefit organisation, donors may claim donations as a tax deductions. Donors may also claim BBBEE points against the Socio-Economic Development (SED) element of the BBBEE scorecard, as HospiceWits has 76% black beneficiaries.

By becoming a member of our Club 2000 programme, you could be the lucky winner of a monthly R20 000 cash prize, for a donation as small as R50 per month. We also have regular annual fundraising events for which we are well known, like the HospiceWits Tree of Light and Night With the Stars. Friends and supporters of HospiceWits are also encouraged to donate on their birthday and other special occasions by requesting donations to HospiceWits in lieu of gifts.

To learn more about joining Club 2000, click here.

Donate your unwanted household goods to HospiceWits shops

HospiceWits shops can be found in Parkmore, Orange Grove and Kensington, and we also have a stand at the Rosebank Flea Market. Please make our shops your first stop when shopping for special bargain household and gift items. By donating your pre-loved goods to our shops, you are contributing to one of our most important streams of income. We are happy to receive:

– Pots, pans and kitchen goods
– Crockery, cutlery
– Linen and curtains
– Ladies’, men’s and children’s clothing
– Furniture
– Electrical items in working order
– Ornaments, bric-a-brac, general home goods
– Books, DVDs and CDs
– Toys

– Non-perishable food donations for distribution to our patients

If you have a large quantity of items to donate – we collect!

Please call our depot on 011-728-1052.

Make HospiceWits a beneficiary on your MySchool card

By choosing HospiceWits as a beneficiary on your MySchool card as a part of the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet loyalty programme, you will be ensuring that a percentage of the transaction will be donated to our vital work. Joining the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet programme and selecting HospiceWits as a beneficiary is very easy to do online.

HospiceWits is grateful beyond words for the continued support of the public, and we convey our heartfelt thanks to the people keeping this ship afloat amidst a storm that is ravaging the entire globe. We wish everyone the very best this year – may compassion reign.

VACANCY – SOCIAL WORKER

PURPOSE

To co-ordinate and provide psychosocial services to patient, families and significant others who are referred to the organisation, as an integral member of the interdisciplinary team.

KEY PERFORMANCE AREAS

  • Provide psychosocial services to Patients, Families and significant others
  • Attend, participate and represent the psychosocial department at all relevant meetings
  • Network and advocate on behalf of clients and their families
  • Participate in training activities to widen the reach of Psychosocial Palliative Care
  • Comply with administration tasks to meet organisational and legal requirements
  • Submit statistical data and information to support the organisation’s MER plan

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide in-depth Counselling for individuals, couples, and families.
  • Work with individuals, families and carers diagnosed with a life-threatening illness who are in need emotional, social or spiritual support.
  • Assist and link clients to community resources when needed.
  • Assess and evaluate patients’ emotional, social, practical and financial needs in collaboration with an interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary team, which requires the ability to analyse, interpret and explore options.
  • Develop and review psychosocial care plan which reflects the needs of the patient and their families/carers.
  • Understand and respond to ethnic, cultural and religious influences on the patient and family.
  • Provide psychosocial palliative care training to internal and external service providers and organizations.
  • Facilitate Community Education Workshops on topics such as Loss, Grief and Bereavement.
  • Plan for discharge of a patient, including the co-ordination and continuity of care when required.
  • Facilitate advance care planning and caregiver support.
  • Provide Crisis intervention when needed.
  • Facilitate conflict mediation and family meetings.
  • Assist and share information on legal matters, finances, and grant applications.
  • Participate at interdisciplinary team meetings, care planning, and ethics consultations on behalf of the Psycho-social team.
  • Comply with legal, professional standards for documentation and maintain records used within the service, including the use of IT systems.
  • Advocate on behalf of the patient and family.
  • Address safety issues pertaining to the environment and concerns about potential abuse and neglect.

QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE

  • BA Social Worker
  • 2-5+ years’ experience as a social worker
  • Experience in a Hospice environment would be an advantage

SKILLS/KNOWLEDGE/COMPETENCIES

  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Application of knowledge and skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Strong planning and organisational ability
  • Client focused
  • Self-reliant
  • Compassionate
  • Positive attitude
  • Team player
  • Work with minimum supervision

Should you wish to apply for this vacancy, please include a motivation letter and completed job application form.  Applications must be forwarded to Human Resources for attention: Mandisa Sindana msindana@hospicewits.co.za , by close of business 3rd February 2021

Application Form

HospiceWits Tree of Light 2020: Get your globe at these centres

Whilst the HospiceWits Tree of Light picnic and tree-lighting ceremony won’t be taking place as usual this year due to challenges posed by the Covid-19 outbreak, this annual fundraising event is still taking place in the online sphere.

Featuring a virtual tree instead of the brightly lit arboreal giant that HospiceWits supporters have grown used to, this year’s Tree of Light is now more accessible than ever before, enabling people from across the world shine their own light in remembrance or in honour of a loved one. The virtual HospiceWits Tree of Light has already garnered many donations and beautiful dedications to family and friends who have passed.

In order to make it as easy as possible for our supporters to make donations, help us meet our day-to-day financial needs and provide essential care to patients in Johannesburg and surrounds, HospiceWits will be visible in a number of shopping centres where donations can be made and globes to place on the virtual Tree of Light can be purchased.

HospiceWits are in the following shopping centres this festive season:

• Benmore Shopping Centre
Corner of Grayston Drive and Benmore Road, Benmore Gardens, Johannesburg.

HospiceWits will visit the Benmore Centre on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 25 November to 5 December. Find us in the Dis-Chem court.

• Bryanston Shopping Centre
15 Ballyclare Drive, Bryanston, Sandton

HospiceWits will have a station in the old Bubble Shop exhibition area on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 25 November to 5 December.

• Eastgate Centre
43 Bradford Road, Bedfordview

Find the HospiceWits station at Eastgate on from Thursday, 26 November to Saturday, 12 December. Our station is located at the information kiosk in front of Toys R Us, Entrance 1.

• Melrose Arch
1 Melrose Square, Old House Lane, Melrose Arch

We will be at the lower-level Galleria at Melrose Arch, Thursday to Saturday from 3 to 5 December, as well as 10 to 12 December.

When visiting these shopping centres, please feel free to drop by and say hello to the HospiceWits foot soldiers manning our stations. Every globe bought for display on the HospiceWits virtual Tree of Light will add to the crucial funds needed to keep our operations going, and will assist us in providing ongoing quality of life to the patients in our care.

Of course, you are still able to purchase a globe online by clicking here.

HospiceWits Night with the Stars brings fashion, celebs and top SA designers straight to your lounge

HospiceWits’ annual Night with the Stars event has become one of the country’s premier fashion fundraising events over the past six years, inviting South Africa’s top celebrities, media personalities and designers to a runway dedicated to goodwill, and raising funds HospiceWits critically needs to continue doing its important work.

While the who’s who in South African fashion and entertainment won’t be able to grace the catwalk this year, HospiceWits Night with the Stars 2020 brings them straight to the public’s living rooms with the online Lounge Edition, set to take place on Instagram on 28 July from 18:00 to 22:00.

The coronavirus outbreak has affected HospiceWits quite dramatically, particularly in its ability to raise funds through Events.
The NWTS2020 Lounge Edition looks to build on the traditions of years past with the help of a star-studded list of local celebs and top SA designers, who have again kindly agreed to lend their voice and influence in order to help HospiceWits garner donations.

Local divas Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Judith Sephuma are among more than 80 public figures that have confirmed their participation, as is South African fashion royalty Gert-Johan Coetzee and former Miss SA, Cindy Nell-Roberts. HospiceWits is also thrilled to announce that international songstress Judy Cheeks, as well as Marcia Barret of the iconic group Boney M. will also be lending a hand in the fundraising efforts.

Presented by Umzingeli Productions and About Entertainment, the HospiceWits Night with the Stars Lounge Edition will highlight the work of the organisation, whilst increasing awareness surrounding the needs of people living with life-limiting illnesses. Additionally, the event will let the spotlight fall on the local entertainment industry, which has also been dealt immense blows by Covid-19.

How to tune in

You can follow the HospiceWits Night with the Stars Lounge Edition by logging into Instagram on 28 July between 18:00 and 22:00, and following the participating stars. Expect a look back at all the lustre and glamour of previous Night with the Stars events, as celebrities and fashion icons come together to make an impassioned plea for funds. If you aren’t able to follow the stars online on the day, you can make a donation to HospiceWits here at any time.

All proceeds will go to this non-profit organisation, and will ensure that HospiceWits has all the equipment, manpower and PPE to weather this storm, while continuing to provide vital home-based and in-patient end-of-life care and support to terminal patients and their families.

As HospiceWits is entirely reliant among the support of the public and corporate sponsors, please be assured every rand you donate will make a real difference.

Here is how you can help HospiceWits

As a registered non-profit organisation, HospiceWits has been looking to the public to support the work we do for the four decades of our existence. Now, more than ever, we are reliant upon the generous support from both the public and corporate spheres.

While much of our country’s industries come back online in June, following the lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19, the work that HospiceWits does has gone on uninterrupted.

Rendering essential services, our healthcare workers have kept providing much needed support to the many patients in our care, despite the threat of the novel coronavirus. As your organisation starts doing its work again, please consider contributing to the work HospiceWits does – becoming one of our partners will be beneficial to both our organisations.

How corporates and individuals can assist us

Corporate organisations and individuals can become donors or sponsors in various ways:

  • Donate essential monthly items like pharmaceutical consumables, medication, food and toiletries (our wish list is a good guideline here, but we are grateful for any and all donations).
  • Donate your professional services.
  • Sponsor a ward in our in-patient unit.
  • Sponsor a home care vehicle.
  • Sponsor the repair and maintenance of the shaded car park.
  • Make HospiceWits one of your company’s CSI beneficiaries.
  • Encourage your employees to contribute directly from their salary via payroll giving.
  • Celebrate events like birthdays or wedding anniversaries by asking family and friends to make a donation to HospiceWits in your name instead of giving a traditional gift.

All donations are tax-deductible, and a Section 18A tax certificate can be emailed to donors or collected from our Houghton offices.

If you have a Woolies card or a MySchool, MyVillage or MyPlanet card, please nominate HospiceWits as one of your three chosen charity beneficiaries. Doing this will give a percentage of your purchase value back to HospiceWits every time you swipe your card.

Remember to link your Woolies cards to your MySchool card here – you’ll be contributing to our work every time you shop at Woolworths or at partner businesses, including Bidvest Waltons, Engen and loot.co.za.

Discovery Vitality members who have listed Woolworths as their nominated food store will also ensure that HospiceWits benefits every time they swipe for healthy food purchases.

Become a monthly contributor and win!

A monthly commitment of just R50 per membership number makes you a part of Club 2000 and enters you into the monthly draw for one of seven cash prizes. The more numbers you take, the greater your chances! Every month, contributors stand a chance of winning:

1st prize: R20 000
2nd prize: R2000
3rd prize: R1000
4 x R500 prizes

Giving in the age of the coronavirus

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus has put strain on just about every organisation out there. During this time we would be highly appreciative of donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) for our healthcare workers, as well as food donations for patients.

From 1 June, our charity shops will be open again, and in this regard, we kindly request that you donate any clothing or other goods to aid us in our fundraising efforts. Please also feel free to browse through the extensive collection of bits and bobs that are available in your nearest HospiceWits charity shop.

As all our other fundraising events are on hold for the foreseeable future in the light of the Covid-19 outbreak, our charity shops, together with donations from the public and corporate sectors will keep us afloat in this time. It is thanks to you that we are able to do our important work every day.

To find out more about how you can help, please contact HospiceWits on 011 483 9100, and choose the Fundraising/Events option, or send an email to info@hospicewits.co.za.