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CANSA Care Rooms

CANSA understands that specialist support is required when a cancer patient is very ill, and family members need assistance in caring for their loved one, or when circumstances demand that they are temporarily not able to care for their loved one. CANSA is able to offer a respite service for a short period to help patients and their loved ones through this difficult time through its Care Rooms.

CANSA can offer this service through our partnerships with local retirement homes which have frail care facilities. The retirement home allocates a room to CANSA and then local community members and businesses assist CANSA to furnish, decorate and prepare the room to ensure that it is comfortable for our patients.

Cancer patients have priority access to this service. Patients must be registered with CANSA to access this service and will be supported by CANSA volunteer services.

There are two different kinds of respite service available at our Care Rooms:

Care for Terminal Cancer Patients

These CANSA Care Rooms are for the use of terminally ill cancer patients that are registered with CANSA and require palliative care. They will receive care and support when admitted to a Care Room in Gauteng. To register as a CANSA patient and arrange for admission, please contact the staff member listed per Care Room.

Care for Non-Terminal Cancer Patients

These CANSA Care Rooms provide accommodation and care for non-terminal cancer patients for the purpose of nursing care, pain control and alleviation of symptoms. Members of patient’s family are also able to take a break from the hard work of caring for a bedridden patient. Respite accommodation is available for a period of 14 days for patients. To register as a CANSA patient and arrange for admission, please contact the staff member listed per Care Room in the Northern Cape and Western Cape.

Queries

Please direct general queries regarding this service to:

Olivia Curlewis ocurlewis@cansa.org.za (Gauteng, KZN, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West)

Please note that at this time this service is not available in KZN, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West…

Dorothy du Plooy dduplooy@cansa.org.za (Eastern Cape, Free State, Northern Cape, Western Cape)

Please note that at this time this service is not available in Eastern Cape, and Free State…

Support Resources for cancer Survivors & Loved Ones

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