Positive Dreams, Positive Futures

Often for anyone living with HIV one of the most difficult challenges is figuring out where to go from the diagnosis. Frequently upon diagnosis many patients feel a sense of hopelessness and that a normal life is no longer available to them. Our care facilities and programs at SHARP provide assistance and support so questions and concerns can be addressed effectively and in a manner that will help those with HIV make positive choices for their future.

Just as each person is unique, each person’s experience with HIV is unique; no patient can be treated with the exact same methods as another. Some of the factors that influence how we care for a patient are history, current state of well being, social support availability, and physical or mental disabilities. Age is also a factor we take into consideration as a secondary diagnosis such as cancer or Parkinson’s disease is common with the ageing of the patient. HIV hinders a person’s immune system so these secondary diagnoses can have a severe effect on the patient.

The major hurdle of looking beyond diagnosis and finding hope for the future is often extremely difficult for patients and with this in mind, we develop a Case Management Initiative to help patients achieve a normal life.

Case Management is built on holistic values to include not only the mental and physical aspects of HIV but also psycho, social, and spiritual aspects of each individual’s care.

Our four key areas of Case Management are:

  • Assisting each client in determining areas for growth, developing individual goals, and strategizing on how to achieve them
  • Supporting clients in building an appropriate social support network
  • Assessing clients, evaluating the effectiveness of the care plan and progress made by a client, and conducting a case review
  • Advocating within the community and interacting with partner agencies on behalf of our clients

Frequently when those diagnosed with HIV come to SHARP, they don’t have the ability to fully care for themselves any more  With 24 hour caregivers at the care facilities patients are never at a loss for the support they need; from figuring out medications to eating dinner caregivers assist residents wherever necessary.