CHOC’s Parents Supporting Parents programme consists of a group of parents who have had the experience of a child with some form of cancer or blood disorder to help parents of newly diagnosed children.
Parent Supporting Parent Programme
CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA is the leading childhood cancer organisation in South Africa. With six regions and 13 home-away-from-home CHOC houses close to specialised treatment centres, CHOC offers a holistic approach to children with cancer and life-threatening blood disorders, and their families.
What is the Parent Supporting Parent (PSP) Programme?
The Parent Supporting Parent (PSP) programme consists of a group of parents who have had the experience of a child with some form of cancer or blood disorder.
Selected parents are trained by the CHOC psychosocial team, to volunteer support to parents of newly diagnosed children. These parents have walked the treatment path with their own children and can help new parents navigate their way on this emotional journey. The role of this volunteer is to LISTEN and provide emotional support through the stresses of diagnosis and treatment.
CHOC also offers bereaved parents the opportunity to get together and provide support to each other as well as to parents who are recently bereaved. The compassion of a parent who goes through this tragic journey offers comfort to the recently bereaved parents.
What does PSP offer?
Who to contact
If you would like to be contacted by a member of the PSP care team please feel free to discuss it with your CHOC social worker, social auxiliary worker or CHOC representative and submit to them your contact details listed below. Alternatively, you can contact your CHOC regional office.
T: 011 486 1212
F: 011 486 1551
16 Eastwold Way, Saxonwold
T: 012 323 3490
F: 012 323 3492
185 Monument Avenue
T: 031 240 2917
F: 031 240 2917
Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital
Lower Block A Residential Village
800 Vusi Mzemela Road,
Cato Manor, Durban 4091
T: 033 347 1441
F: 033 347 5777
29 Carnoustie Road
T: 021 531 0052
CHOC HOUSE PLUMSTEAD:
T: 021 761 5304
CHOC LODGE TYGERBERG:
T: 021 932 9427
F: 086 110 6441
12 Sybrand Road
Cape Town 7700
There are also many other opportunities for parents to get involved in CHOC programmes, that will strengthen the support given to children and their parents.
Please enter your details below and hand in to the CHOC social worker, social auxiliary worker or CHOC representative
Tips to Keep Your Child Healthy at Home
Remember that the treatment process reduces your child’s immunity and ability to fight off germs. This is an essential part of treatment, but it makes your child more likely to get sick, so here is how you can help:
- Washing hands or using a hand sanitizer to reduce the spread of germs.
- Regularly clean any toys that your child plays with.
- Do not anyone who has a snotty nose, runny tummy, chickenpox, shingles, mumps or measles visit your child. It could delay your child’s treatment if they get sick.
- When your child’s blood count is low, limit visitors to one or two healthy people at a time, and avoid very young children visiting at all.
- Avoid all take away foods and reheated food. If possible only allow your child to eat freshly made home food.
- Use clean knives/forks/spoons for your child. Avoid sharing utensils or food.
- Avoid all pets that are kept in cages (especially birds and reptiles) and limit contact with other pets. Do not let pets sleep on the bed of the child or in your child’s room.
- Do not smoke near your child or in the house.
- If your child has a fever over 38 degrees, phone the treatment hospital and speak to the sister in charge to get instructions. If the temperature does not reduce, please phone the ward again and then bring your child in.
- Do not give your child any over the counter/homeopathic medicines or supplements unless cleared with your paediatric oncologist. These can interfere with the treatment process and reduce its effectiveness.