Hospice Palliative Care at Home & at Day Care
Respite care, end of life care and activities in your community.
When it comes to hospice palliative care, the earlier we’re involved, the more we can help. Lake Taupō Hospice supports people at home, helping them to remain as independent and active as possible. Patients can use as many or as few of our services as they wish.
Nursing Care @ Lake Taupō Hospice:
Our hospice community nurses are registered nurses. They visit patients and assess their needs on an on-going basis. They will also …
- liaise with other health professionals such as doctors and district nurses involved in the patient’s care
- organise the loan of equipment such as motorised beds, wheelchairs and showering aids to allow continued palliative care at home
- provide advice and support for caregivers
- assist with pain control and other symptoms that may be causing concern
- arrange respite care if required
- arrange for personal care services and home help if required
- liaise with other members of the Hospice team to arrange other support services
Like many other hospices in NZ we use PalCare, an electronic information management system designed specifically for managing palliative care patients. This ensures that all members of the team have the most recent information about the patient and we can also refer patients onto other NZ hospices if required.
A summary of non clinical patient services
Day Care (Tuesday Club)
Every week our patients and their caregivers are invited to our Tuesday Club. As everybody arrives we share a “cuppa” and delicious baking provided by a group of volunteers and then patients are welcome to join in organised activities ranging from entertainment to creative projects. Those patients who prefer to just sit and chat or perhaps do a jig saw or challenge each other on our Wii are of course welcome to do so. At midday, our volunteers serve a lovely meal and then people depart when they wish. In conjunction with the Tuesday Club we have a massage therapist working in our massage room, offering therapy to patients and caregivers.
Life Biography Writing
Trained volunteers are available to record a patients life story ( or part of) in their own words, which is then printed and bound as a lasting memento. Recording their life story is fun and often therapeutic for our patients as they have an opportunity to record personal and family milestones which often helps reinforce the value and significance of a life’s journey.
Complementary Therapies for Palliative Care
Professional massage therapists are available to provide gentle, soothing massage and relaxation treatments for patients and their caregivers. Other treatments available can include Refexology, Aromatherapy, and Reikei Therapy.
Qualified volunteer beauty therapists are pleased to offer their skills to make a patient feel better about their appearance, and services include manicures, hairdressing, and podiatry.
Art & Craft Group
A group of volunteers run an art and craft group at Hospice House. Each week there is a class covering anything from sketching to card-making and fabric art to pottery. Patients are welcome to participate in the class or work away on a project they have started – either way there is great assistance available to them.
Our legal adviser will provide information on matters such as creating an ‘enduring power of attorney’ or a will.
Visiting: Home Cooking, Gardening, Walking the Dog & More
When family members/caregivers need time out, our trained volunteers can provide some respite care by simply sitting, reading or talking with a patient at home. Volunteers also help with gardening, walking a dog, taking patients out and about for a change of scenery or to do shopping or to transport them to and from appointments. We can also provide baking and tasty meals to our patients and their families.
We have a wide range of equipment that we can lend to patients including beds, chairs, bathing and showering aids and wheelchairs. The need for various pieces of equipment are assessed by our hospice nurses and then delivered by our volunteer team
Lake Taupo Hospice cares for and supports partners, family and friends through the entire journey with the patient and this extends to bereavement counselling and an invitation to join our Kowhai Group which helps bereaved people re-engage with their community again.
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Our palliative care services provide specialist and compassionate nursing care at home for people in our community.
All patient and family enquiries are welcome, we would love to hear from you