Tag - dying

How an extra layer of care is bringing relief to a family dealing with serious cancer

Heather Duiker* is 78. Her daughter, Geraldine (45) describes her mom as creative, loyal, and straight-forward. Two years ago, Heather was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer, and Geraldine now adds “tough” to the list describing her mom. “When we heard the diagnosis, there was such disbelief. Then we were just shattered,” says Geraldine. But Heather just wanted to find out what she...

Sign here for meaningful, cost-effective palliative care

Because a forward-thinking, patient-centric medical scheme partnered with Alignd, a 74-year-old man with metastatic cancer received the care and support he wanted right from diagnosis until he died peacefully in his own bed. Morally sound design. High quality care. Cost effective. Three phrases every medical scheme wants to hear. And that’s how we’ve developed Alignd.Palliative. Most people want to die at home,...

Palliative care? But I’m not dying

For many people, accessing effective palliative care will mean the ability to live longer and to experience each moment of their lives more fully as a result of effective pain and symptom management, and holistic assessment of physical, psychological, social, emotional and spiritual needs. But many misunderstand it, or can’t afford it. Palliative care has had a bad rap. It’s often underutilised...

Lessons in life and death

How our first patients let us know we were doing the right thing. When we started Alignd, and building the Alignd palliative care offering, we had years and years of training, research, networking and experience between us. It covered all the fields and skills needed to launch a business like this. And we had planned everything in minute detail. But until we...

COVID-19 is a chance to talk about death

In the midst of the current health crisis, and a time of medical resource rationing, it's time for honest communication about dying. The COVID-19 crisis cuts deeply, not just because of the spectre of widespread illness and death, but also because the global response goes to the heart of what it means to be a human being. How do we sustain...

Dr David Cameron

Palliative care in South Africa: An interview with Dr. David Cameron

Dr David Cameron has been involved in the care of people with advanced serious illnesses over the past 30 years. These patients face many challenges, including unpleasant symptoms and a significant loss of independence. They need increasing help with their daily activities. They also face an uncertain future with regards to recovery or further decline and a premature death. Managing...

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