Red Willow Foundation

Cause Profile

RED WILLOW FOUNDATION (Hospice, Palliative and Respite Care For the severely disabled children e.g. un-educable children who can not go to school due to too many disabilities and deformities and caring for children suffering from HIV/AIDS in rural areas and informal settlements

We are helping the patients to regain control of their lives and bodies to live a healthier and more productive life. Red Willow Foundation services are mostly free of charge. It is community based to service and rehabilitate the disabled children of our rainbow nation, giving them all a better chance of living. During the above-mentioned training and mobile visits a needs analysis are done of the children and circumstances. With help of charity, fund-raising and donations the children are supplied with blankets, clothing, toiletries, toys, food and medicine. The children are also supplied with wheelchairs, stand-frames for disabled children, bath equipment, feeding equipment, beds, cots, splints, and all kinds of medical apparatus and aid to equip the patient best to our ability. All the equipment is manufactured by Red Willow Foundation. The equipment is not just to help them cope with their illness or disabilities but in some cases help them to rehabilitate, thus a better and more normal life style and future. 

MOBILE UNIT – EDUCATING THE CARE-GIVER, PARENT AND PATIENT

The mobile field workers are teaching parents who look after their disabled, how to care for their children at home and dealing with emergencies. This service includes various other sessions, discussion groups and awareness forums within the rural communities such as:

 

 

 

·             Basic caring at home

·             Bathing the child / patient

·             Feeding the child / patient

·             Massage the child / patient

·             Care for a bed-ridden child / patient

·             Relieving severe spasticity at home

·             Basic physio-therapy

·             How to play with your disabled child

·             First aid for premature babies

·             Dealing with epilepsy

 

·             Dealing with fever fits

·             Dealing with the disabled ADD/ADHD child

·             Medicines to avoid

·             Importance of Nutrition

·             Dealing with HiV/Aids

·             HIV Infections

·             Importance of Family planning

·             Women Rights

·             Sexually Transmitted Diseases

·             Practicing Safe Sex

 

Other service our home nursing services include:  

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    • wound dressings;
    • wound irrigations;
    • O2 administration;
    • tracheotomy care;
    • drug (IV) therapy;

 

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    • nebulisation;
    • CVA administration;
    • ante- and post-natal care;
    • geriatric care
    • genital mutilation
    • Counselling
    • Trauma counselling

 

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