Kia ora – welcome.
Many people think of hospice as just a building, when in fact it is a philosophy of care. The hospice philosophy places equal importance on the physical, spiritual, cultural, emotional and social well-being of a person living with a life limiting condition.
Anyone with a terminal illness, not just cancer, can access hospice care and support. People with life limiting conditions such as multiple sclerosis, lung failure, 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 whanau 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. Each year hospices must raise over $77M nationally.
As the election referendum approaches we want to assist people with understanding our position on the End of Life Act and our concerns.
It is important to acknowledge your vote is not about the concept of euthanasia. Your vote is about whether this Act is the best possible legislation to keep people safe.
No matter the result, hospice will continue to support people regardless of their desire for euthanasia. This is a complex, emotional and challenging topic and we acknowledge the range of individual opinions that exist.
Make sure you follow us on facebook as we share articles, facts, opinion pieces and examples of end of life care ahead of the election.
We’ve created the following to share why euthanasia has no place in palliative care and our concerns on the Act, please take some time to read through:
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.
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.