Care in the community
The comfort of home, familiarity of surroundings with family members and friends is very important to people facing a life limiting illness. Hospice Taranaki supports people at home, helping them to remain as independent as possible.
Our community palliative care team of nurses in North and South Taranaki, doctors, counselor and volunteers provide practical support and telephone advice 24/7. Patient and family needs are assessed regularly and support provided to meet the need.
The community service provides:
- home visits for patients living at home or in aged care facilities
- 24 hour phone access for advice and visits if needed - 06 753 7830
- Liaison with GP's and other health professionals involved with the patient's care
- Equipment such as beds, mattresses, wheelchairs, etc
- In Inglewood and Mokau area the home nursing care is provided by district nurses who work in close liaison with Hospice Taranaki's staff.
If required patients may borrow loan equipment which includes beds, wheelchairs, walking aids, chairs, mattresses, commodes and more...
Therapeutic massage and library resources including: books, pamphlets, CDs and DVDs are available for patients and families.Our community team makes around 8000 visits each year.