Frequently Asked Questions

Question #1: Is hospice only for people with cancer?

No it is not. At Tygerberg Hospice we provide services to individuals with any terminal diagnosis including Alzheimer’s, dementia, COPD, Parkinson’s Disease, heart and lung diseases, renal failure, AIDS, and many other life-limiting diseases.

Question #2: What is Palliative Care?

Palliative Care is any form of medical care or treatment that concentrates on reducing the severity of disease symptoms, rather than striving to halt, delay or reverse progression of the disease itself; or provide a cure.

Question #3: Who pays for the service from hospice?

We offer free services to anyone who has an incurable life threatening illness, but if the patient is on medical aid we do claim from the medical aid.

Question #4: If I feel well, do I still need to register with hospice?

Yes. This will give us an opportunity to familiarise ourselves with your medical history and to get to know you and your family, so that if the time comes when you are not feeling so well, we can step in and assist you without you having to go through the process of registration.

Question #5: Will my own doctor be able to care for me?

Yes. We will liaise with your doctor regarding your treatment and we will carry out his/her orders accordingly.

Question #6: If I move are there other Hospices to which I may be referred?

Hospice is an international organisation. Tygerberg Hospice is a member of the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa, and is fully accredited by the Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa. Most cities and towns have a Hospice and we would refer you to a member hospice.