The aim of the specialist palliative care service provided by Hospice Taranaki is to support patients of all ages with a life-limiting illness, based on individual need and to optimise quality of life until death and bereavement. This support is achieved by assessing and addressing the physical, psychosocial, spiritual and cultural needs of the patient and their family/whanau. Support is also provided for the individual's family/whanau, throughout the illness and after death.
The comprehensive care is available both at our in-patient unit Te Rangimarie and in the community.
Palliative care is provided in such a way as to meet the unique palliative care needs of individuals from all cultures, ethnic backgrounds, communities or groups. These include: Maori, Pacific People, Asian, people with disabilities and mental illness, the elderly, and those in rural communities.
The services provided include support of the patient in the community, inpatient care, respite care, a 24hr advice service seven days a week, out patient clinics, day procedures, an activities-based day programme, social work services, family support, pastoral support and bereavement support. We have an extensive range of equipment to assist patients to remain in their own home.
You matter because you are you. You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die.Dame Cicely Saunders 1918 - 2005 (founder of the modern Hospice movement)
The history of the kowhai and hospice:
The Kowhai has been a feature of the Hospice N Z Logo since the organisation was founded in 1986. The kowhai is considered the unofficial flower of New Zealand, so is an appropriate emblem to represent the national organisation for all hospice services throughout the country.
Historically the kowhai flower and bark was used in rongoa (traditional Maori medicine) for its healing properties. Over the past years as individual hospice services were created, many chose to include the kowhai flower in their organisation's logo, a tribute to the national scope of hospice services and membership of Hospice New Zealand.
In 2009 we started to look at the national branding of hospice services and Hospice New Zealand. A priority was to maintain the connection with the organisation's history and build on the established link between hospice and the kowhai.
Today the kowhai flower remains a prominent element of the hospice ONE brand logo and brand, now adopted by most hospice services throughout New Zealand.