Palliative Nursing Care for Patients in their Homes
The Palliative Care Co-ordinator or the Specialist Nursing Team is the patient's first point of contact. They provide information on services and options available to patients and their family/whanau. The team maintains a close working relationship with the patient's GP and any other health professionals who may be involved in their care. They provide assessment and management of pain and symptoms as well as assistance with personal cares and hiring of equipment.
Nursing service on call 24/7 for advice and support
After hours telephone support and advice is provided by the registered nurse on call and a registered nurse is available to visit out of hours if required.
Grief and bereavement counseling and support
Bereavement support offers support to family members after the patient has passed away. Regular contact is provided by initial home visits and telephone calls and additional support is offered if necessary.
Specialist equipment on loan
We have a wide range of equipment including beds and pressure mattresses, commodes, shower stools, walking frames and wheelchairs. Delivered and installed at no charge.
Day stay activities once a week
Day Stay programme is held at the Hospice rooms every Wednesday 10am to 12 noon. Volunteers can provide transport, refreshments, entertainment and hand & foot massage. Fellowship is on offer giving a welcome break to patients and their caregivers.
Palliative beds in rest homes for respite or end-stage care
Hospice does not have an inpatient unit at this time. We do however fund and co-ordinate short -term access to residential care facilities. For further information please contact the Palliative Care Co-ordinator directly.
Hospice NZ Guide for Carers