Nairobi Hospice Description
Nairobi Hospice is a registered charitable non–profit making organization that was established in 1988 and officially opened in February 1990. It was the first of its kind in East Africa. Nairobi Hospice cares for and supports patients and families facing life limiting illnesses especially cancer and HIV/AIDS. Services are provided at the Hospice on out-patient basis, in hospitals and at the patients’ homes within a 20km radius.
To be the leading institution in holistic palliative care service, education and research in Kenya and Internationally.
To alleviate the suffering of patients with life limiting illnesses and their families, through commitment to cost-effective and accessible holistic palliative care service.
In order to accomplish our mission, we at all times strive to address the following values which underpin holistic care.
- Affirming the patient as a unique and valued individual irrespective of race, creed, social or financial status.
- Preserving the quality of life, dignity and independence of the patient.
- Promoting an open and honest relationship with the patient in which confidentiality is respected within the multi-disciplinary team.
- Providing an environment where the patient, family and friends feel accepted and safe.
- Affirming the importance of the patient’s family and friends and supporting and counseling them in order to cope during the patient’s illness and during bereavement.
- Affirming life and regarding dying as a normal process and neither hastening nor postponing death.
- Providing relief from pain and other distressing symptoms.
- Meeting the psychological, social and spiritual needs of patients and their carers.
- Working as a multi-disciplinary team where each member is valued as an integral part in achieving our values and beliefs.
- Using resources efficiently in providing the service.
- Respecting and working with all other disciplines and agencies to meet the total needs of patients, families and friends.
- Maintaining an environment of support and encouragement for both staff and volunteers.
- Promoting the principles and practices of Palliative Care to other disciplines in the wider community.
- Educating and training staff and encouraging personal and professional development.
- Advancing the understanding and rational treatment of progressive disease through appropriate research.
Nairobi Hospice Services
- Hospice Care
- Palliative Care
- Home Care
- Clinical Visits
- Spiritual Care
- Day Care
Diploma in Higher Education in Palliative Care DipHE a franchise with Nairobi Hospice
Nairobi Hospice teaching team hopes this information will help you to understand the format and ideas underpinning the DipHE in Palliative Care.
Aims of the course
This multidisciplinary course is designed to enable practitioners to develop skills and knowledge related to the care of individuals and families coping with a life-threatening illness and bereavement. Such care is internationally recognised as palliative care.
The DipHE in Palliative Care encourages you to develop a critical understanding of the philosophical basis of palliative care and the socio-political factors that influence it. This course is a franchise agreement between Nairobi Hospice, Kenya and the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Oxford Brookes University and offers practitioners from Africa and neighbouring regions the opportunity to achieve an internationally respected qualification with minimum absence from their own practice and workplace setting.
Delivery of the Course
Venue: Nairobi Hospice, PO Box 74818, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
Facilitators: Nairobi Hospice teaching team.
Study Blocks: The following subjects are covered during three blocks of study
- Death and Dying
- Impact of disease and the management of distressing symptoms
- Relationships and the Dying
- Understanding Pain
- Professional Issues in Palliative Care
Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients facing problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment, treatment of pain, and holistic treatment of other problems including the physical, psychosocial and spiritual. A key component of Palliative care is the support of families and caregivers.
- Provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms.
- Affirms life and regards dying as a normal process.
- Intends neither to hasten or postpone death.
- Integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care.
- Offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death.
- Offers a support system to help the family cope during the patients illness and in their own bereavement.
- Uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families, including bereavement counseling, if indicated.
- Will enhance quality of life, and may also positively influence the course of illness.
- Is applicable early in the course of illness, in conjunction with other therapies that are intended to prolong life, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy, and includes those investigations needed to better understand and manage distressing clinical complications.
Nairobi Hospice health care professionals who are experts in this field provide counseling to patients and their families to empower them to prepare for any eventuality.
At Nairobi Hospice we not only care for the patient but we also care for the family of the patient by giving them moral support. In case a family loses their beloved one we offer Bereavement counseling and support to the family members as and when necessary. Whenever you need any form of counseling and support do not hesitate to come and seek professional help from Nairobi Hospice.
Every Thursday is set aside for patients to meet at the Nairobi Hospice to share experiences and talk with the staff. It is a much needed change of environment for patients. The focus is on physical, economic, spiritual, social psychological and emotional needs of patients, care givers and their families.We are very grateful to all who have been supporting the day care through cash and kind. Our volunteers who prepare meals for the patients and well wishers who donate food and drugs are valuable contributors. We extend our appeal for more support from friends and well wishers for the success of the Day Care programme.
Every human being has spiritual needs and That is why Nairobi Hospice Professionals encourage Patients and families to derive strength and comfort from their spiritual beliefs and convictions. This helps patients and families to be able to understand and accept their situations.
Why Spiritual Care?
Studies have revealed that the health and well being of a person improves when his/her spiritual needs are met.
Benefits of spiritual care
- Peace of mind.
- Better management of cardiovascular needs e.g heart rate and blood pressure.
- A sense of well being.
Nairobi Hospice Contacts
Categories: County Hospitals
Physical Location: Kenyatta National Hospital Compound
Postal Address: P.O. Box 74818-00200,Nairobi, Kenya.
Telephone: 020-2712361, 2726502, 2719383