Home based care training for the Deaf

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By Veronica Mwanza

Home based care (HBC) is when one takes care of the terminally ill, babies, the elderly or a patient with a disability in a home environment.

Home based care has been a part of our society since time immemorial and continues to take place on a daily basis in many homes in the country often without any training on the part of the caregiver.

I am sure each and every one of us has at one point in time encountered situations where terminally ill individuals are taken care of by their families.

Home based care happens at times due to lack of finances, where it may be expensive for terminally ill patients to be kept in the hospital for such a long time.

DZT in partnership with St Johns Ambulance are training Deaf and hard of hearing people in home based care.

This is being done in order to equip the Deaf community with skills to provide support to each other in situations of illness.

Through this training, participants are taught to take care of a patients in their homes including how to ensure that the patient is comfortable.

To date, 60 Deaf people have been trained.

The HBC training is equipping the Deaf community with valuable skills that they can use to assist those in need.

This is empowering for Deaf people who can use their newly acquired skills as a source of income. A practical exercise during HBC training

About DZT

Deaf Zimbabwe Trust was formed and registered as a trust in 2012 and began operations in 2013. Initially the organisation was formed to advance the rights of Deaf children.

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