When you are old and frail
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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.


NOTHING BEATS A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP ...

After serving more than 600 elders over the past ten years, the mattresses at our John Dunn House are finished! They’re sunken in the middle, stained and torn. And we urgently need to replace them.

Because, a worn out mattress leads to all sorts of health problems. Like agonising back pain ... increased risk of pressure sores ... asthma ... and fatigue due to disturbed sleep.

Right now, all 55 old mattresses in the frail care section need to be replaced. And – if people like you will help – we can buy special pressure reducing mattresses, designed specifically for use in old age homes.

At the moment, we have to turn elders every two hours, to prevent pressure sores. As you can imagine, this does not make for a restful night’s sleep! But these special mattresses have air bubbles – making them so gentle that turning is unnecessary. Plus they're also x-ray translucent and suitable for CPR.

But, at a cost of R2 700 each – multiplied by 55 – it adds up to nearly R150 000! And we simply can’t afford it, unless caring people like you will help.

Please will you make a contribution now towards this very real need? Whether you’re able to
donate the full cost of one mattress – or R1 000, R500 or even R200 towards it – you’ll help give a frail
elderly person the comfort of a good night’s sleep.

If you’ve ever suffered from insomnia or back pain yourself, you’ll know how much that means.

Many of the old people in the frail care and assisted living sections at John Dunn House are victims of a stroke – or suffer from diseases like Alzheimer’s, cancer or diabetes. Some are terminally ill with not much longer to live.

Please help us make their last weeks and months as pleasant and pain free as possible, by making your contribution right away.

You’ll probably never meet the elder who benefits from your kindness ... see their delighted smile ... or hear their words of thanks. But you'll surely feel their gratitude in your heart. Thank you!




worn out mattresses

Mattresses in the frail care unit at John Dunn House are sunken, worn and very uncomfortable. Please help us replace them!

Yes, I'll help

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