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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The following are answers to some of the questions that we are commonly asked.

If you can't find the answer you're looking for please contact us on 09 407 7799 or 0800 40 40 79

What is hospice?

Contrary to popular belief, hospice is not about a building, it is a philosophy of care which extends beyond physical needs, encompassing the emotional, spiritual and social needs of a person and their family/whanau facing end of life issues.

Hospice palliative care can be provided in Hospice in-patient facilities, hospital rest homes or in a person's home or place of residence in the community.  In Mid-Northland Hospice care is provided within the patient's home or chosen place of residence.

Hospice or palliative care is a special type of care for people whose illness is no longer curable. It enables them to achieve the best possible quality of life and also supports their family/whanau.

What care and services does Hospice provide?

Hospice provides services based on the communities need.  At Hospice Mid-Northland we provide nursing assessment care and on-going support, bereavement care, counselling and spiritual care, day-stay care, respite care, equipment hire, as well as education and research.

The services are provided by a multidisciplinary team, which may include: doctors, nurses, counsellors, spiritual counsellors, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers. Many services are provided by volunteers, such as massage therapy and pet therapy.

Where is hospice or palliative care provided in Mid-Northland?

At home - community Hospice palliative care services work alongside the patient's own doctor and district nurses and family.

Who can use hospice services?

Hospices can provide care for anyone who has a life limiting illness irrespective of age, religion, ethnicity or ability to pay. The majority of patients have cancer, but patients with other terminal illnesses also receive care (e.g. motor neurone disease, MS, heart failure)

Do you have to pay for Hospice palliative care?

No, Hospice or palliative care is free of charge to patients and their families.

The cost of care is covered by a contribution from Government through the Ministry of Health; the remainder is raised from the community through fundraising activities.  Mid-Northland's hospice care is funded by a 45% contribution from the Northland District Health Board, income generated from our 3 Hospice Shops in Kawakawa, Kaikohe and Kerikeri, as well as through fundraising activity, donations and grants.

Are Hospices scary places?

Hospices are warm, caring places, which provide the highest possible standard of care to people at their most vulnerable. The emphasis is on improving a person’s quality of life and to support their family, whanau and friends.

What is Hospice's position when it comes to euthanasia and physician assisted suicide?

After considerable discussion, international consultation and investigation Hospice NZ has developed a position statement on this issue - you can view the statement here.

Hospice mid-northland
Address - 464 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri
Postal - PO Box 141, Kerikeri 0245
(Please use our PO Box if you intend on sending mail)
Phone 09 407 7799 - email
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