PALPRAC offers the following guidelines and supporting documents for all health care providers in the support and care of patients and their families during COVID crises.

Hand outs to families and carers

During the COVID crises families will unlikely be able to visit their loved ones. Use this handout for families to tell health care care workers in hospitals or care facilities a little more about their loved one and to ensure that the right family contact details are available.



Oral morphine is an important component in the management of dyspnoea and pain due to Covid-19. Use this flyer to give clear instructions to families on the use of oral morphine at home.

PALPRAC A guide to giving oral morphine at home [1]

Caring for a dying loved one at home can be daunting. This hand out will assist families and carers in understanding what the elements of care are. that needs to be paid attention to in this time.

PALPRAC A guide to caring for someone who is in their last days:hours of life

Carers need to be able to stay safe while caring for COVID positive patients, for the sake of themselves, their patients and their own community. This guide will assist them in doing so.


Guidelines for health care professionals

Palliative care patients need ongoing care during the COVID crises. Now more than ever, discussions around their goals and wishes will be important. Many might want to stay at home even if they become Covid-19 positive. This guideline will assist in the management of these patients in their homes.


Many healthcare practitioners will come to understand the value of a palliative approach in managing patients with serious illness such as Covid-19. All will need to hone their skills in symptoms management and communication skills. 

The following guide, which will be updated regularly, will be a useful reference to use within the South Africa context. 

PALPRAC Providing Palliative Care in South Africa during COVID-19