On the 14th of July I experienced what I can regard as perhaps the most devastating events of my life when my beloved wife Thandeka, passed away.

I wish to take this opportunity to thank you so much for the dedicated care which you gave my wife in the last days of her life. Though she suffered greatly, she died knowing that there were people like you who did their best to ensure that she was as comfortable as possible in the circumstances of her terminal illness.

I wished that we could have grown old together but alas, it was not to be. I will always treasure her memory and love her in her death as I have always loved her during her life. It is people like you who make difficult situations of pain and the death of loved ones less traumatic. My family and I really appreciate the palliative service and care you rendered to my wife and my family. We have grieved but now have reached a stage of acceptance that she is with the angels. We are learning to live without her physical presence but with her spirit. I dreamt about her last week and it was a beautiful dream.

Thank you so much,


Prof Monde Mbekwa (PhD)

My wife suffers from Parkinson's disease and fell and broke her hip and left elbow on 1 March 2017. She required surgery for a full hip replacement. She spent three weeks in a private hospital and because of the number of orthopaedic patients, per ward, received below average care particularly over weekends when staff reductions were implemented.

Her surgeon recommended "step down" treatment at a rehabilitation centre on her discharge from hospital. But our medical aid offered us a wonderful alternative. They suggested we consider "SA Home Care" for a period of two weeks. We accepted their offer on condition she was cared for by competent carers, both day and night, and that a physiologist visit her 5 times per week.

We recommend SA Home Care for the following reasons:

  • Patients are more comfortable and recover quicker in their home environments;
  • A bond developed between my wife and the Carers who were guided by an experienced and knowledgeable Nursing Sister;
  • The two Carers displayed empathy and warmth - typical behaviour of most Black African mothers;
  • Physio sessions were also conducted in our home and proved to be more therapeutic.

To sum up, we would recommend "home care" to anyone if it involves a team comprising Carers, an experienced Nursing Sister to mentor and guide them and a qualified Physio.

Nat and Helen Kaschula