Help us be the first Hospice in SA to have a Snoezelen Room!
- By: Liezl Kennedy
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/senses
One of the most famous quotes by the founder of the Hospice movement, Dame Cicely Saunders, reads: “You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life. We will do all we can not only to help you die peacefully but also to live until you die.” Within that quote lies the heart of hospice.
And it is for this very reason, FWC Hospice in Hursthill, Johannesburg, is raising funds for a Snoezelen Room, as such a room will provide a multi-sensory environment bringing moments of joy and healing to those facing the challenges of a life-limiting illness.
The term Snoezelen is a contraction of the Dutch verbs “snuffelen” (to seek and explore) and “doezelen” (to relax). During the late 1970s, two Dutch therapists, Jan Hulsegge and Ad Verheul experimented with a sensory tent at the DeHartenburg Institute.
The goal was to increase enjoyment and sensory experience for those with intellectual disabilities. The result of a one-weekend fair was overwhelmingly positive for both verbal and non-verbal patients.“We hope to be the first hospice facility in South Africa to offer this service to our patients,” says Liezl Kennedy, general manager at FWC Hospice.
“Snoezelen can help to relax an agitated person or stimulate and raise alertness levels of someone who has sensory processing disorders. Our elderly patients can benefit through stimulating their senses such as smell, hearing, sight and general movements. Suddenly they don’t feel so hopeless anymore,” Liezl explains.
Nurse Manager Lucille Dawson, recalls the case of a patient who had a last wish of being on a beach, again, hearing the waves and smelling the sea breeze. “We wanted to create a scene for her where she could have this experience, using a projector showing sitting by the ocean listening to the waves, and placing her feet in-tray of play sand simulating the beach. If we had the facility and the means, we could have helped her make this last wish come true.”
“This beautiful journey called life is one to be treasured and embraced. Our five senses are one of the greatest gifts we have been blessed with; how wonderful it would be for us to ignite and stimulate the patient's senses once again,” Liezl says.
Gearing up to World Hospice & Palliative Care Day on Saturday, 9 October 2021, Liezl hopes to raise the R30 000 needed for this project.To donate via Snapscan, please click here.
Snoezelen Room Link: Snoezelen Multi-Sensory Environments | Sensory Rooms and Therapy Explained
- Oct 09, 2021 - R 500.00
- "God Bless this endeavor!" - Libby Weimers
- Oct 09, 2021 - R 150.00
- "So grateful for the work you do." - Leigh Meinert
- Oct 07, 2021 - R 5 000.00
- "Let's make this happen " - Robert Miller The Charity Stores
- Oct 07, 2021 - R 200.00
Thank you for caring" - Mark Okkers
- Oct 06, 2021 - R 500.00
- "All the best and keep up the good work." - Lizle Van Niekerk
- Sep 29, 2021 - R 200.00
- "with love..." - Nicolene Reichel
- Sep 29, 2021 - R 200.00
Blessings to you" - Anonymous
- Sep 28, 2021 - R 1 000.00
- "Everyone Dies, Not Everybody Lives. Life Matter!" - Roxy
- Sep 28, 2021 - R 200.00
- "️️️️" - Carlyn
- Sep 15, 2021 - R 200.00
- "Light and love" - Isabel
- Sep 13, 2021 - R 200.00
Let's do this!!!" - Shandre
- Sep 10, 2021 - R 200.00
- "With God all things are possible" - Anonymous
- Sep 10, 2021 - R 100.00
- "This sounds amazing. Hope you get the funds " - Bronwen
- Sep 10, 2021 - R 100.00
Anything is possible" - Janine Lackay
FWC Welfare and Development
Since 1991, we have been making positive and impacting changes through active community outreach and participation in Hurst Hill, Gauteng. Today, we have increased our capacity to a building that houses our HPCA accredited 50-bed hospice. Death is an unavoidable part of life, but the provision of care and comfort at the time of death is less so. The most basic care patients with life-limiting diseases and illnesses receive is home-based care.
This causes immense economic and emotional strain on loved ones and creates anxiety for everyone involved. The journey for those with life-limiting illnesses does not have to be fought alone. FWC’s Hospice allows patients to feel less of a burden to their loved ones improves the quality of remaining life to guarantee that patients appreciate time left with family and allows them to experience a natural, dignified and pain-free death.
We set the standard for compassionate and comfortable end of life care. Our goal is to ensure that patients have the freedom from unnecessary suffering and takes the strain off loved ones while providing world-class treatment. We have the resources, capacity and infrastructure to ensure that your loved ones are well taken of physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually.
We strive to surpass the clients’ expectations while maintaining the highest standard of medical care and ethics. We pledge along with the patient’s loved ones that they receive the best medical care in a loving and caring atmosphere. Our core values of Commitment, Compassion, Faithfulness, Peace and Gentleness focus on the needs of each individual patient.