In Hospice Tororo we provide palliative care via several models. In all models we work according to a multidisciplinary approach. This means that all patients can benefit from medical, psycho-social and spiritual care.

The models of palliative care used are:

1. Hospital based care
There are three hospitals in Tororo district. We have a close cooperation with these hospitals; complementary to the care and     treatment in these hospitals we provide palliative care and treatment at the bed-side.

2. Home based care
Most of our patients can’t leave their homes due to their disease. Some are simply too weak or in too much pain. To give them the care they need we visit the patient at home.

3. Hospice based care
Those patients who are able, are asked to come to the Hospice clinic from where they will receive the needed care. The hospice clinic doesn’t have the facility for inpatients. When admission is necessary, this will be arranged in Tororo Hospital where also our clinic is located.

4. Community based care
This program is expected to be implemented in the near future. It means that patients can get their palliative care in their own community. The team of Hospice Tororo will visit a community center. Most of the time this will be a local health center, where other medical care is also available. In order to make sure that when the Hospice team is not around, patients still get the appropriate care within their community centers, we need to train professional health workers in these centers and also so called Community Volunteers.

Besides offering palliative care to patients and their relatives Hospice Tororo is also involved in other activities.

1. Bereavement 
After a patient dies the care normally stops and the family is left alone in their grief.
However the care of Hospice Tororo doesn’t stop when a patient has passed away. We offer a program whereby the medical social workers visit the family after one passed away. This to share in the grief, to counsel the relatives and to close our care to the family in a professional way.
Special attention during the bereavement will go to the children younger than 15 years. Although this attention does not start after a parent dies, but already while the parent is still living. When a child becomes an orphan, arrangements are made for a future with the sick parent, future caregivers and partner organizations. A child will be followed-up till about 6 months after the death of a parent.

2. Sensitization and awareness
Many people in Uganda don’t have much knowledge about life-limiting diseases and the availability of palliative care. Hospice Tororo has it within her aim to sensitize both communities and health professionals about life-limiting diseases and palliative care. By creating awareness  stigma’s and social  isolation will be reduced and more people will benefit from our services.
We create awareness through meetings at health centers and schools, posting posters, keeping radio talk shows and attending relevant functions.

3. Cancer screening
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) cancer screening  is part of the palliative care services in Africa. Hospice Tororo is not able to do the cancer screening herself, but works together with other organizations to realize this. Most common screenings are for breast cancer, cancer of the cervix and prostate cancer.

Biopsies of skin cancers and cancer of the cervix can be done in Tororo Hospital.For other biopsies patients are often referred to Uganda Cancer Institute, in Mulago-Kampala.

 

 

 
 

 

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