Waipuna Hospice provides specialist palliative care for patients living with a life-limiting illness, and support services for them and their families. Waipuna’s geographical area covers Waihi Beach to Paengaroa and while its focus is on Hospice at Home, it also has a nine bed Inpatient Unit for short term admissions and a Day Services Clinic.
You will often hear the term palliative care which means alleviating without curing. Hospice specialises in providing palliative care – symptom control and pain management where cure is no longer an option. It also offers support services to patients and their support networks whether this be family/whanau, friends, neighbours, or staff at rest homes and hospital.
Hospice staff and volunteers care for each person as an individual and take into account the person’s physical, emotional, social, cultural and spiritual needs. In addition to palliative nursing care and specialist medical support, it provides respite care, practical support such as meal preparation, loan equipment, bereavement support and a chaplaincy service.
Over the last year, Hospice nurses made more than 14,320 visits and over 20,000 phone calls to patients in the community. Hospice has 110 staff working in a variety of roles and around 820 – 840 volunteers who support all components of its service.
Acorn funding allows Waipuna Hospice to continue to provide care and support to people with a life-limiting illness in our community.
Waipuna Hospice has received over $400,000 in (tagged) funding from the Acorn Foundation via the D&L Caird, M&L Bellerby, L&K Christie, K&R Hunt, J&P Laing, G&C Olsen, J Round, K Pensabene, P&D van Loghem and R&E Shepherd Funds.