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The Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA) has a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with The Association for the Aged (TAFTA). This collaboration aims to improve access to palliative care for older people in South Africa through training, support and policy development.


Tafta carers are at the heart of our work. These dedicated women are a lifeline to frail elderly people ... someone they can depend on to help them out of bed in the morning and guide them to the loo. Gentle hands to help with washing and dressing, brushing hair and settling them comfortably in a chair. All with a cheerful smile and encouraging words to comfort and reassure.

This is the incredible service provided to frail elderly people by our dedicated care practitioners. And what better time to pay tribute to their unique contribution to elder care than now, during Women's month?

Thanks to these incredible women, Tafta is able to provide quality care for around 300 frail seniors who require constant assistance, 24 hours a day. But with the ever growing demand for these services, we urgently need to train and employ more carers. And this is where your contribution would be such a blessing.

Please consider sponsoring a carer now, by making a donation towards this vital service. One day, you – or someone you love – may also need someone like Mary*.

One of our home based carers, Mary visits seven elderly people every day, spending about an hour with each. Apart from helping with bathing, dressing and feeding, Mary also provide primary caregivers with moral support and a sympathetic ear; listening calmly to tales of confusion and angry outbursts caused by dementia, soiled linen, frustration and hopelessness.

Mrs M has spent the last year caring for her mother, who was left paralysed down one side of her body after a massive stroke. Whilst doing her best to look after her mother, Mrs M also has to care for her two children, the youngest of whom is 2 years old. On top of this, she is stressed about money and trying desperately to secure permanent employment. Mary’s cheerful presence is a lifeline.

And it's no different at the next house. Mary helps with some domestic duties before soaking and massaging Mr R’s feet. He is having a bad day. He barely utters two sentences – and then it's only to complain that the massage is too hard. Mary’s visit is an opportunity for Mr R’s wife to share her challenges. After the hour is up, Mrs R’s mood seems lighter; Mary’s mere presence has helped.

‘Patience, kindness, being gentle and emotionally strong are important characteristics in working with the elderly,’ says Mary.  ‘For many Elders, this is the only hour they enjoy care and companionship.’

In celebration of women’s month this August, please join us in supporting the work of these compassionate and caring women. Help us continue our Home Based Care service by sponsoring a carer ... or providing incontinence products, nutritious meals or hygiene packs for elders living on a State pension.

Any amount you can spare will be turned into comfort and care for an Elder in need. Thank you!

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