Kia ora – welcome.
This week is Hospice Awareness Week. Click here to find out more.
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 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.
To celebrate Hospice Awareness Week from 16 – 22 May, 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 Hospice Awareness Week is so important.
Watch Ann’s story below, or click here to watch more stories and learn more about Hospice Awareness Week.
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.