My wife suffers from Parkinson's disease and fell and broke her hip and left elbow on 1 March 2017. She required surgery for a full hip replacement. She spent three weeks in a private hospital and because of the number of orthopaedic patients, per ward, received below average care particularly over weekends when staff reductions were implemented.

Her surgeon recommended "step down" treatment at a rehabilitation centre on her discharge from hospital. But our medical aid offered us a wonderful alternative. They suggested we consider "SA Home Care" for a period of two weeks. We accepted their offer on condition she was cared for by competent carers, both day and night, and that a physiologist visit her 5 times per week.

We recommend SA Home Care for the following reasons:

  • Patients are more comfortable and recover quicker in their home environments;
  • A bond developed between my wife and the Carers who were guided by an experienced and knowledgeable Nursing Sister;
  • The two Carers displayed empathy and warmth - typical behaviour of most Black African mothers;
  • Physio sessions were also conducted in our home and proved to be more therapeutic.

To sum up, we would recommend "home care" to anyone if it involves a team comprising Carers, an experienced Nursing Sister to mentor and guide them and a qualified Physio.

Nat and Helen Kaschula

PINELANDS