Home Based Care

The Home-Based Carers singing.

The Home-Based Carers singing.

WUCT runs a Home Based Care Program in partnership with the Department of Health. We employ a registered Professional Nursing Sister who co-ordinates the program, 18 trained home based carers, including a full-time community healthcare worker, who visit and care for sick people in their homes in Westlake village, as well as the surrounding suburbs such as Tokai, Kirstenhof, Bergvliet, Diep River, Meadowridge and Constantia . We also employ 2 Community Care Workers who monitor anti-retroviral treatment (ART) and report back to the ART roll-out site, as well as TB treatment, together with Westlake Clinic.

We also employ a Facilitator who runs 6 CHRONIC DISEASE OF LIFESTYLE SUPPORT GROUPS in Westlake and surrounding areas, for mainly elderly people who suffer from conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, etc.

WUCT works in partnership with MSAT South (Multi-Sectoral Action Team), a City of Cape Town initiative whereby NGOs in the South Peninsula network and work together in the fight against HIV/Aids and TB. MSAT co-ordinates strategies to address the challenges associated with TB and HIV/Aids and organises HIV testing campaigns in the South Sub-district.

Our SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT team of fieldworkers are mainly focussed on helping the growing number of OVC’s (Orphans and Vulnerable Children) in Westlake. They run 3 psycho-social support groups in the afternoons after school.

WUCT runs 2 HIV/AIDS support groups, including one for children who are HIV positive. They are called ITHEMBA (Xhosa for HOPE). Ithemba deals with a range of issues including education, prevention, home based care and anti-retroviral treatment. Support is given in the form of monthly food parcels and assistance with transport to hospital, whenever necessary. Problems are shared and members are encouraged to help, care and support one another as they come to terms with living with HIV. We also offer spiritual support and work in partnership with the Fikelela Aids Project, the Anglican AIDS outreach organization.