There are many people who are caring for someone who is dying throughout New Zealand. Sometimes it can be difficult to know what to do or what help and support is available, especially during the current COVID-19 situation.
It is important to remember you are not alone, there are many organisations who have support services, you just need to reach out and ask. Often your GP is a great place to start, asking for support isn’t a sign of weakness, it just means you want to do the best job possible caring for your loved one. There are also organisations and businesses who have developed specific support for those at home during the lock down and alert levels.
Some websites and links you might find useful:
Hospice Guide for Carers
We’ve created this booklet to provide a clearer picture of the situation and to answer some of the questions or issues that might come up as part of this journey.
There are few experiences more difficult than caring for someone at the end of their life. Each of us faces death as uniquely as we lead our life. We all hope that when death comes it will be as peaceful and dignified as possible. We also hope we’ll face it feeling comfortable in our surroundings, well cared for and that those we love are well supported.
The type of topics covered in the guide include being a caregiver, caring for a loved one, circles of support, home nursing tips and practical matters.
You can download and print the full booklet, or individual chapters if you would like.
• A Guide for Carers – Full Booklet
• A Guide for Carers – Chapter 1: Being a caregiver
• A Guide for Carers – Chapter 2: Caring for a loved one
• A Guide for Carers – Chapter 3: Circles of Support
• A Guide for Carers – Chapter 4: Home Nursing Tips
• A Guide for Carers – Chapter 5: Practical Matters
Please contact us with any queries on this resource.