In early 2003 a conversation among hospice staff at Lifetime Care Home Health and Hospice revealed a sincere concern for the AIDS epidemic in Africa. We applied to the Foundation for Hospices of Sub-Saharan Africa, now Global Partners in Care for a partner. We were twinned with Zululand Hospice of Empangeni and Richards Bay, South Africa.
Lifetime Care staff and volunteers make annual visits taking medical supplies, clothing and toys for AIDS orphans, teaching materials for staff and a check.
Zululand Hospice is committed to serving the Umhlatuze Region by providing specialized palliative care for patients with progressive disease as well as bereavement support for their families. Funding the work is a challenge as the government does not fund hospice and most patients do not have medical insurance.
In 2010, Lifetime Care was one of 11 of the 92 partners of FHSSA who provided over $10,000 for their partner. Funds are raised by sales of craft items purchased in South Africa, framed paintings and pictures of animals taken during visits to game reserves, and donations of goods and money.
In 2015, Zululand Hospice added the third vehicle with the Lifetime Care logo as it was purchased with funds donated to our partner.
Jane Ashburner, Nursing Services Manager wrote, “It is an amazing feeling to know that there is friendship and support available from so far away, and I know I will draw strength from our association.”