Waipuna Hospice provides specialist palliative care for patients living with a life-limiting illness, and support services for them and their families. Our geographical area covers Waihi Beach to Paengaroa. 1 out of 2 people facing death in the Western Bay of Plenty require hospice care and services.
Hospice isn’t just a building - it's a philosophy of care. The majority of people receiving support are cared for where they feel most comfortable - in their homes. Our goal is to help people make the most of their lives; to live every moment in whatever way is important to them.
You will often hear the term palliative care which means alleviating without curing. We provide palliative care – symptom control and pain management where cure is no longer an option. 3-6 months is the average length of care and often it’s much longer, with some people requiring care for over a year. We care for the whole person, not just their physical needs but their emotional, spiritual, cultural and social needs too. In addition to palliative nursing care and specialist medical support, we provide respite care, practical support such as meal preparation, loan equipment, bereavement support and a chaplaincy service.
We care for families and friends as well, both before and after a death. We also offer support services to patients and their support networks whether this be family/whanau, friends, neighbours, or staff at rest homes and hospital.
- Last year we made 31,176 contacts with 956 patients and their families.
- We have 110 staff working in a variety of roles.
- Around 820 – 840 volunteers support all components of our service.
We are an independent charitable organisation providing care and support at no cost to people in our community.
This year our services will cost $8.8 million. Waipuna Hospice isn’t government funded. While 52% of our services are contracted from the District Health Board, they’re not guaranteed. This means we need to raise $4.25 million through fundraising and our Waipuna Hospice Charity shops. That’s about $81,000 per week to meet the shortfall in our operating costs so we can continue providing services at no cost to our patients and families.
Every gift counts. To make a donation to Waipuna Hospice's Community Group Fund, click here.