oa South African Family Practice - Home-based care : caring for people in the community - challenges and opportunities : case study

Volume 52, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



The Department of Family Medicine in the George Complex shares in the healthcare of about 600 000 people in the Eden and Central-Karoo districts. One of the roles of the department is to provide clinical backup to our colleagues working in the community. To this end, we regularly join the home-based carers on a weekly morning round. A recent visit provided a fascinating insight into the challenges facing home-based carers, and community care more broadly, but also highlighted the excellent opportunities for intervention when providing care to people in their own homes. Based on these insights and interviews with home-based carers and the group partly funding their work, we lay out some suggestions on how these challenges could be met.

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