Wheel Chairs as Part of Palliative Care

May 2nd, 2018

Many of our clients are confined in bed in dark rooms as they cannot walk and thus totally dependent on care givers to carry them around.

Godfrey is 50 years old. He came to Rays of Hope Hospice Jinja in January 2016, when he had suffered an infection of his brain which left him bedridden, paralyzed, and unable to speak. He was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 2007, was given treatment with ARVs, but had not taken the drugs well. Godfrey was also left alone most of the day, he depended on well-wishers to give him food, and he was still not taking the drugs well.

The Rays of Hope Team worked with our community volunteer in the area, and she got Godfrey’s brother involved in the care. He had little money to support his sick brother, but the food and soap and a small monthly support of $3 helped –more than anything, the brother felt that he was not alone with his brother –he was part of a team of care.

In January 2018 Rays of Hope Hospice Jinja fulfilled Godfrey’s biggest wish -to get a wheel chair.

When we come on home visits now, we will find him –not on his bed, but sitting among friends in the market, being part of the buzzling life around him –no doubt his quality of life is much improved thanks to a simple wheel chair.