Arebaokeng hospice in Tembisa has been providing palliative care for the terminally ill and their families for almost 20 years after founder, executive director and registered nurse (RN) Florah Modiba saw the need in her community.
“Arebaokeng” – ironically, a Sotho word meaning “let us care for the sick” – is also the name of Tembisa’s only hospice care facility, which is now facing shutdown due to lack of funding.
“Prior to founding Arebaokeng hospice, Tembisa only had home-based care organisations run by people who were not nurses. I believed that to deal with terminally ill patients effectively, an institution run by a medical professional was required. A medical professional should always assess a patient fully in order to determine their needs and therefore the intervention required.”
Arebaokeng assists patients in dealing with various diseases that require specialised care.
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