Wherever you need us to be, we are.
Hospice is a holistic wrap around service of care. It’s not just a building and its not just doctors and nurses.
Hospices provide a range of supportive care from music therapy, sharing your life story with a biographer, bereavement counselling, spiritual care, and physiotherapy, plus many other services. It’s whatever brings the individual and their Whānau peace and joy.
As Clinical Services Manager, Lea says from Nelson Tasman Hospice;
“Hospice cares for people in any place you call home. We are in the community, in people’s homes, in the park, or in our purpose – built facilities. It’s wherever we need to be we are.”
Anyone with a life limiting illness, can access hospice care and support. People with life limiting conditions such as multiple sclerosis, lung failure, cancer, motor neurone disease, or dementia can benefit from palliative care.
Whilst hospice care is primarily focused on the person who is dying, services are also for the family and whānau both before and after their loved one has died.
Everything we provide is free of charge. As an essential health service the majority of funding comes from Government, the remainder comes from community fundraising. In 2021 hospices needed to raise over $87 M nationally.
Click here to find out more about hospice services
Share our stories
Hospice staff and volunteers share their own stories in a heart warming and insightful video series. A story’s end may be sad, but it can also be peaceful and beautiful.
Everybody needs understanding and care. It’s these things that allow us to thrive when we are well, and get through when we are struggling. And we need these most when we are dying. At the end of our lives, when time is precious, hospice exists to ensure we do. Understanding the care, the value, the comfort that Hospice provides – is why stories are so important.
Watch Ann’s story below, or click here to watch more stories.
COVID- 19 information
As you will be aware the COVID-19 virus continues to be a worldwide pandemic as classified by the WHO. (World Health Organisation)
New Zealand is currently operating under an alert level system to put measures in keep us safe from the virus.
For more information on the current alert level and what this means please visit the dedicated COVID-19 website
Due to the alert levels it is really important you contact your local hospice service before going to an inpatient facility for any reason.
Please click here to find your local service.
Make a donation
All hospice services and support are provided free of charge. As an essential health service, the majority of hospice funding comes from Central Government, but each year just over $77M needs to be raised nationally to bridge the gap.
Thank you for supporting your local hospice service by making a donation.
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