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Patient care

Why you need a living will

South Africa’s Living Will Society has been inundated with calls from the public in recent weeks, likely as result of media coverage of Nelson Mandela’s hospitalisation. What is a living will and why do you need one?

Dealing with death

Facing up to death is difficult being able to communicate openly and honestly with family and friends is often of immeasurable comfort.

Palliative care treatment

Palliative care treatment may vary between patients. Each patient is individually assessed and managed according to a patient care plan drawn up by the palliative care team.

Medical care and patient rights

Patients nearing the end of their life face many tough decisions. Understanding your rights regarding the healthcare, legal and personal choices you may have to make is critical.

The importance of a will

A will is important so that patients can give instructions about distribution of their money and property when they die.

Palliative care book – ‘world first’

The world’s first book addressing the legal aspects of palliative care was launched by the Hospice Palliative Care Association (HPCA) of South Africa in Cape Town.

What is end-of-life care?

End-of-life care is a general term that refers to the medical and psychosocial care given in the advanced or terminal stages of illness.

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