Our Vision and Mission
Our Vision is to make high-quality palliative care readily available for all patients with life-threatening illnesses living on the North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. These objectives shall be achieved by: Providing high quality medical, nursing, social, psychological and spiritual care to patients in their home environment or in a hospice facility. Enhancing the quality of life of those cared for and their families through a multidisciplinary approach. Early recognition, prevention and impeccable treatment of pain and other distressing symptoms of their illnesses. Advocacy and education of health care workers, patients and families about palliative care.
On 24 April 2019 on our first information evening at Ashton international college, the winners of our logo competition were announced. We were very grateful for the participation of the Ashton Grade 4-7s in partaking in this Logo search. We took inspiration from the wonderful pictures of the children and using elements of each, used it to create our logo.
When to seek Palliative Care:
Palliative Care is important as soon as the diagnosis is received, regardless of life expectancy. The sooner support is offered, the more the families, care givers and patients can benefit.
Who pays for palliative care and how does it work ?
South African medical aids may cover part of the cost of home-based palliative care services. This may improve in the future. As palliative care is a developing field in South Africa however, not all medical aids support such care and may require a special motivation. In some instances, medical aids do not cover palliative care services despite special motivation, in which case palliative care services would require private funding.
This is the main reason that Beacon of Care was created as a non-profit entity. Our S18A tax exemption application has been lodged with SARS and still in progress. The funds we raise will assist those who are not on medical aid and not able to afford this care in their private capacity.
All donors will receive an S18A tax certificate.
We rely on Community funding and Donors to enable us to treat all those in need (even those who cannot afford to pay for care).