Care Services

Our Care Services

Our programs and services are designed to provide holistic support and care for both individuals with life limiting illness and their loved ones. Services are available at no charge. Care service are provided by a multidisciplinary team (MDT) of healthcare professionals and volunteers. They work closely and in partnership with partner organizations and other community services to ensure the best and effective care plan is in place.

Community Hospice Program

In-Home Care

• In-Home Care is available to individuals with progressive life-limiting illness and their families.
• Services are provided by specially trained staff and volunteers in the person’s home and includes symptom management and psychological support.
• Visiting volunteers offer a reassuring presence, companionship and support to address psycho-social, spiritual, emotional, informational and practical needs.
• The In-home service can also provide support and respite for caregivers, allowing a family member personal time to run errands or to rest knowing their loved one is being well care for.
• Support at home after discharge from hospital.

Care Coordination

• Care Coordination was created to provide care and support that enables an individual with progressive life-limiting illness to remain in their home for as long as possible, including when the wish is to die in the comfort of their home.
• Regulated health care professionals co-create care plans in collaboration with other healthcare providers and the client based on the expressed goals of the individual.
• The Care Coordinator facilitates a process to explore wishes, needs and assists with system navigation, makes referrals, provides information and engages in advocacy while coordinating and monitoring supportive services.
• Care Coordinators also assess caregiver needs on an ongoing basis and provides supports as required.

Family and Caregiver Support

• This support is available to family members experiencing challenges associated with caring for a person with a progressive life-limiting illness.
• Delivered by specially trained staff and volunteers.
• The support is also aimed at giving caregivers new approaches to caregiving as per their own residential setting and cultural beliefs.
• Yathu has 2 projects under this support and these are:-
1. Tiamangile/ Hope Builders – Aimed at infrastructure development for patients and their loved ones thus including the elderly, orphans, and widows. This is a joint initiative with the community at large. Community supporting the community.
2. Tilinawo – This project was established to empower the patient and family members financially. Yathu Hospice works with the family to identify a business idea, provides training and mentorship until the family is able to make profits and sustain the business on its own.

Psychosocial and Spiritual Care

• The service offers carefully planned, collaborative, supportive care for your needs as well as the needs of your family, friends, and caregivers.

• Through compassionate listening and inclusive, welcoming presence, we assist you to draw upon your own emotional and spiritual resources or find new ways to create meaning, value, purpose, and connection in the face of illness or dying

Day Wellness

• Day Wellness is a weekly program for people with progressive life-limiting illness. Staff and trained volunteers provide an experience that offers a gentle day in the community to enjoy a time of relaxation, caring companionship in a safe, comfortable setting, and even just plain fun!
• It provides tranquility and social sharing, peer support, education, enjoying a mid-day meal or snacks and taking part in complementary therapies. Another benefit of the service is respite for the caregiver, enabling the family member or friend an opportunity to run errands or to rest.
• Service offerings include: “Shared Experience” Community Outreach Socials, Coping Strategy Workshops, Art and Music Therapy.

Grief & Bereavement Services

• Support is available for caregivers, families, and friends following a death of a loved one. Support is also available to those who are anticipating a loss.

• The services offered include: One-on-one bereavement support, Support groups, One-on- one anticipatory bereavement, Memorial events and activities, Educational workshops etc.

Advocacy

• This includes engage the general public and policy makers in education about the need to appreciate and invest in palliative and hospice care, mobilize individual and collective action towards support of palliative and hospice care, and advocate for inclusive and responsive policies that leaves no one behind.

Education

• Yathu Hospice believes that innovative and collaborative thinking must be a key element in the continuum of care, therefore education and support of its staff, volunteers, caregivers and patients themselves is essential.

• We hope to explore various learning opportunities with institutions both local and internationally.

Hospice Residence Program

• A residential hospice will offer an essential choice to individuals for whom dying at home is not an option and alleviate the pressures on acute-care resources.
• A residential hospice is a desired alternative when home is not possible. It offers the right care at the right time in the right place.
• In our community, we can no longer ignore the increasingly complex healthcare needs of many individuals and family members affected by Cancer, HIV and AIDS and the challenge it presents to the healthcare system.
• Estimated at a construction cost of MK55,000,000.00 – CAD 85, 000.
• Equipment and furniture estimated at MK23,000,000.00 – CAD 35, 000

Hospice Residence Target Population

• Both rural and urban areas within Lilongwe district.
• Those requiring RESPITE for family members/caregiver support (at a fee).
• Those living with a life‐threatening or terminal illness.
• Those living within the geographic boundaries of the hospice as determined by the DHO.
• Significant others of an individual living with a life‐threatening or terminal illness.
• Wherever possible, persons who do not meet the eligibility criteria to be referred to alternate service(s) as appropriate.

Prison Support Program

Why should we care how prisoners die?

• A more considered response is that we should care because all of us, even those of us who are well-to-do and strictly law-abiding, are at risk of winding up in similar circumstances as we approach life‘s end.
• There are striking similarities between being given a long prison sentence and receiving the diagnosis of a debilitating or terminal illness.
• More striking still are the similarities between imprisonment and the forced confinement of a stroke, multiple sclerosis, ALS, or the disability of an advanced illness (loss of function, independence, etc.).

At Yathu Hospice our goal is to implement the EOL care in prisons by supporting and training prisoners to be the caregivers to fellow offenders with life limiting conditions or those in End of Life.

Street Hospice PC Program

Where do you go to die when you have no housing?

• Every day we see homeless individuals struggling on the street trying to survive. Life is even more difficult when homeless individuals have life limiting conditions.
• A need to bring care services/ support to places where individuals in need call home.
• Friendly, compassionate, non-judgmental, no-fees and caring. Not for a photo op
• Yathu intends to support to people who are homeless or vulnerably housed and face a higher risk of illness and many gaps and barriers in accessing mainstream healthcare services.
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