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Palliative Care, Ghana
Palliative Care, Ghana

Ripples Health Care's Services

Ripples is growing to become a leading home care service provider in Ghana. Ripples' service delivery is driven by our passion to meet and exceed the expectations of our clients. It has grown to provide an extensive range of expertise in specialist palliative care. Ripples is recognized as, and has an important role in the local palliative care provision where we work in close partnership with other stakeholders.

Our clinical team comprises doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplain, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and complementary therapists. We also have access to other professionals outside the Hospice and our work is complemented by specially selected volunteers. Some of the services we provide are:

Long Term Home Care Services
Assessment indicates that client needs are such that assistance will have to be provided for a considerable length of time. Such cases are mainly terminal.

Short Term Home Care Services
In this case care is needed for a short period or on a temporary basis. These are not terminal cases. They may involve family with a challenged or ill person on holidays.

Treatment Counseling
We provide assistance in dealing with the social stigma associated with patients’ diseases and treatments. We endeavour to provide detailed information on the clients’ condition and guide him/her to make choice decisions. We respect absolutely the client’s choice.

Death and Dying / Bereavement Counseling
This service may be provided at the request of client or client’s family usually in terminal cases. Client and family are prepared for the eventual departure of the loved one through counseling by an experienced grief counselor to make les painful and reduce/prevent disastrous consequences. Families are encouraged to make funds available for the comfort of loved whilst cutting down on expensive funerals. Counseling and support may continue even after departure of client.

Education (Training Centre)
Carer training Individuals with youthful energy are trained through high quality courses and study sessions promoting specialist palliative care through education, in response to the needs of the community which we serve. The skills taught are customized to suit local conditions/situations. Continuous education and development programs are important in ensuring that the high standards set are improved continually.

Complementary Therapy
The complementary therapies available to patients in the Hospice are: massage, aromatherapy massage, reflexology and hypnotherapy. These are offered as a means of communication, care and compassion nurturing body, mind and spirit. They can be especially helpful in relieving pain, anxiety, stress, and muscle tension.

Ostomy Supplies
Assistance to ostomates FOW Canada and Vitas USA

Patient and Family Assistance

  • Universal precautions
  • Assessing a client’s nutritional status and developing a plan of action
  • Promoting healthy eating
  • Preparing and presenting food hygienically
  • Bed-Bathing
  • Maintenance of personal hygiene and appearance
  • Monitoring vital signs
  • Care for persons with impaired mobility
  • Prevention of other complications of immobility
  • Wound management
  • Comfort and emotional support (for the patient and family members)
  • Massage
  • Promotion and monitoring of safety and security
  • Assist with exercise
  • Mitigation of communication difficulties
  • Alleviation of boredom
  • Other specialized services provided on request