GARDEN ROUTE DISTRICT NEWS - CANSA welcomes the re-opening of four more of its care homes, including George.
Most of the care homes have remained open despite the lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and where homes were temporarily closed due to restrictions, plans were made to admit critical cancer patients full time at specific hospitals and treatment centres.
“CANSA's Care Homes fulfill an important role, as they provide accommodation to cancer patients who live far from treatment centres, for the duration of treatment. They also provide meals and transport to treatment centres. It’s vital that cancer patients continue with treatment during lockdown and so it’s wonderful to be able to re-open," says Gerda Strauss, CANSA Head of Service Delivery.
"This means that 10 of our CANSA Care Homes are now operational, with strict infection procedures and protective measures in place, as cancer patients are among those most vulnerable to the Covid-19 infection. At some Care Homes, a limited number of patients are accommodated at a time to ensure safety, and as we’re fully booked, waiting lists have been initiated.”
The staff and volunteers continue to provide patients with WhatsApp support and counselling and online support through the website, social media support groups and platforms during the lockdown period and have provided patients with information they need to know to lower their risk for Covid-19. A list of staff on call is available on the website should patients require counselling or advice.
“CANSA is selling masks, face shields and newly designed head wear as a means of raising funds towards our service programmes and ensuring sustainability. We’re appealing to the public to please support us and purchase these from our local CANSA Care Centres as your help eases the burden and anxiety of the people living with cancer in so many ways and for this, we are enormously thankful,” concludes Strauss.
CANSA also continues to assist stoma and ostomy patients with orders and deliveries that are processed once a week on Thursdays. Patients and survivors can email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or WhatsApp 078 942 9290.
For more information, visit www.cansa.org.za or contact the nearest CANSA Care Centre, call CANSA toll-free 0800 22 66 22 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition to online resources and Facebook support groups, CANSA offers multi-lingual support on WhatsApp: 072 197 9305 for English and Afrikaans and 071 867 3530 for Xhosa, Zulu, Sotho and Siswati.
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