We are situated in Nyeri County (Mount Kenya region) in central Kenya. We were the first rural Hospice which started on the 1st of October 1995 as a satellite branch of Nairobi Hospice to cater for patients with life limiting illness of Cancer.
We provides care to the terminally ill cancer patients focusing on improving quality of life, thereby turning the end of life into an important time of living. supporting us will help us raise vital funds to continue our nursing care.
Nyeri Hospice medical team makes an average of two to three home visits daily. They assess patient’s needs and the problems, empower the family on how to take care of the patients and give medications as necessary. All this is done to All this is done to those with advanced nature of the illness, either they are bedridden or too weak to come to the hospice. These visits are made regardless of the distance in all areas of operation.
We holds carer's training at least twice annually. This is to offer basic skills on palliative care to the members of the public from any professional background.Through this training we are able to get future volunteers who offer their Through this training we are able to get future volunteers who offer their services to the Hospice and in the community. Professional training is also carried out in the existing health care facilities and also at the hospice. In future, we intend to be a resource centre in Mt Kenya region on palliative care.
Nyeri Hospice was appointed by Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA) in the year 2012 to carry on mentorship programme to up coming palliative care units and Hospices.We have been able to mentor Intergrated Aids Programme(IAP) Thika, Provincial General Hospital Nyeri, Thika Level 4 Hospital and Thika Hospice.
Every Wednesday, the patients and their relatives come to Hospice day care centre. This gives them a chance to meet and share their experience amongst themselves. They are provided with a balanced diet and reviewed by the medical team. Several other activities are included to make the day worthwhile.
This is a clinic of patients with colorectal cancers which is held every second Wednesday of the month. During this clinic, patients are issued with colostomy bags free of charge.
Those families that cannot cope with the bereavement are given bereavement counseling.
We offer counseling services to the patients and their families.Several other activities are included to make the day worthwhile.
The clinic is held every third Wednesday of the month. During the clinic, Volunteer lawyers come to the Hospice to advice patients and relatives on legal issues.
Counseling is an interactive process between the counselor and the counselee. In palliative care this a continuous process hence hospice care team is fully equipped with the appropriate skills and knowledge on matters pertaining to break bad news, anticipatory grief, bereavement support and holistic counselling. Counselling is a very imperative service that determines how well the patients/ relatives cope following a diagnosis of a life threatening illness. Nyeri Hospice has opened doors to all in need of counseling services since the upcoming issues in our day today living are predisposing people to anxiety, stress and depression. Everyone is encouraged to seek services from the right people since all human beings are potential candidates for counseling for no one knows when calamity can strike.
Every month, we create awareness on cancer, HIV/AIDS (mainly behavior change) to self –help groups, schools, colleges and churches. We network with the adult education department and approach others directly. This has had a great impact as more and more people are seeking our services.
In order to help the community know their status PICT was started ten months ago (July 2008) and so far over 200 people have been tested. Most of our cancer patients present to us when they are already tested, so our target is the relatives accompanying the patient and those willing to be tested during sensitization.