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CANSA Irma Bruschi Care Home

Please see list of in-kind donations, maintenance and services required at the bottom of the post

The CANSA Irma Bruschi Care Home provides home-away-from-home accommodation for cancer patients, who live far from treatment centres, while undergoing treatment. Patients’ length of stay varies from six to eight weeks.

Patients go home on weekends.

The Care Home is on the same premises as the CANSA George Care Centre and staff are available during the day. A staff member is there at night.

If a patient requires assistance a caregiver may accompany them, however, this depends on whether a bed is available as preference is given to patients.

Patients staying at the Care Home come from the Klein Karoo and Southern Cape regions.


The CANSA Irma Bruschi Care Home is situated in George, in a secure environment, near the following treatment centres: George Hospital and CancerCare Private Oncology.

When driving en route to or from treatment, patients may be dropped at the shops or pharmacy should they need anything.

For bookings or more information, contact the CANSA Irma Bruschi Care Home on 044-874 4824  or 082 408 9237 | 0800 22 66 22 or

103 Merriman Road, George, 6529
P.O. Box 1428, George, 6530


Fees per day are calculated taking income and medical aid benefits available into consideration. Patients who can afford to do so pay R360 per day.

Patients supply their own toiletries and towels. Linen is changed and washed weekly.


  • Meals: Three meals (breakfast, lunch and supper) are provided daily and meals are adapted to the medical needs of the patient
  • Capacity: 12 patients may be accommodated in 4 bedrooms (two rooms have four beds and two rooms have two beds)
  • Rooms: Communal lounge and dining area, a sun room, kitchen, and two bathrooms
  • Outside: Secure garden area shared with CANSA George Care Centre


  • Transport: Provision of transport to and from treatment centres (free of charge)
  • Medical Equipment Hire: Wheelchairs, walking aids from CANSA George Care Centre (free of charge)
  • Assistive Devices: Wigs, breast prostheses, mastectomy and lumpectomy bras, lymphoedema garments and stoma products from CANSA George Care Centre (a reasonable fee or donation is required)
  • Information: CancerCare Coping Kit & information regarding patients’ illness (free of charge)
  • Emotional Support: Individual counselling is provided by the CANSA George Care Centre social worker (free of charge)
  • Recreational Activities: Volunteers come in to do arts & crafts sessions
  • Spiritual Support: Interdenominational group x 1 per week


The CANSA Irma Bruschi Care Home was established in 2010.

Mrs Bruschi donated money to CANSA in honour of her late husband Dr Bruschi, after he received lymphoedema treatment and support from CANSA, which enabled the purchase of the home.

Our aim is to ensure that cancer Survivors (patients) and their loved ones know that they are not alone, and to support them through every step of their cancer journey.

To this end our Care Home provides patients with peace of mind, as they receive treatment.


The CANSA Irma Bruschi Care Home relies on donations from the public in order to continue providing a home-away-from-home to cancer patients. No government funding is provided.

Please consider making an online donation to support the CANSA Irma Brushci Care Home or see EFT details below:

Account Name: CANSA Association of South Africa NPC
Bank: ABSA
Branch Code: 632005
Account Number: 100 751  1287
Reference: Irma Bruschi CH

Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) number – Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA): 130001397

Non Profit Organisation Registration number – Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA): 000-524 NPO

Support Resources for cancer Survivors & Loved Ones

Cancer patients and loved ones are invited to join our FBK Support Group: CANSA Cancer Survivors – Champions of Hope or to join a support group by submitting the online form.

Find additional online resources for cancer Survivors (anyone who has heard the words ‘you have cancer’) or loved ones, and about coping with cancer.

Make an appointment for free CANSA Tele Counselling with a trained CANSA counsellor by submitting the online booking form.

This is a confidential, professional, cancer-related telephonic counselling service to cancer patients (adult / child / teen), caregivers and their families and parents or guardians of children living with cancer.

Counselling is available in seven languages (English, Afrikaans, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sesotho, Setswana and Sepedi) and is free of charge.

2024 – Donations Appeal:

We would appreciate the following donations – if you are spring cleaning, upgrading or downscaling, please remember us:

Maintenance / Repairs / Services / Safety

  • Maintenance repairs to buildings and front wall
  • Varnish wooden floors and replace damaged slabs
  • Installation gutters
  • Installation of a G-Ultra on electric fence
  • Replace damaged vibracrete wall



  • Appliances: 13 kg washing machine, 10 kg tumble-dryer




  • Appliances: 54” smart TV, x 4 ceiling fans

Grocery items

  • Breakfast cereals: Jungle Oats, Weet-bix, Maltabella, Morevite, Future Life (sachets)
  • Meat (red or chicken) and fish
  • Fresh and frozen vegetables
  • Fresh and dried fruit
  • Soup tinned and frozen
  • Tinned food: baked beans, butter beans, sweet corn, pilchards, tuna
  • Spreads: butter, margarine, cheese, Bovril, Marmite, peanut butter
  • Condiments and spices
  • Cooking oil
  • Dry ingredients: rice, sugar, cake flour, pasta, samp, maize meal
  • Drinks: coffee, tea ordinary and rooibos, milo, long life milk, Oros
  • Cremora
  • Dessert: custard, jelly

Cleaning materials

  • washing powder, fabric softener, bleach
  • dishwashing liquid and soap, scouring pad, dish cloths, disposable gloves
  • tile cleaner
  • Handy Andy
  • toilet cleaner, air freshener, toilet paper
  • hand wash
  • mops, brooms, dusters
  • black refuse bags

Toiletries (patients)

  • bath soap, shower gel
  • toothpaste, toothbrushes
  • roll on deodorant (male / female)
  • wash cloths
  • vaseline

Entertainment (patients)

  • Puzzles, games and activity books
  • Art and craft supplies (adult colouring in books and colouring pencils)
  • Wool and knitting needles

Contact Person

Contact Sharon Venter regarding in-kind donations…

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