In the Community
Care in the community
People facing a life-limiting or life-threatening illness often find the comfort and familiarity of home to be the preferred place of care. This allows family/whānau members and friends to visit and offer support. Te Kahu Pairuri Hospice Taranaki as a service supports people at home, helping them to remain as independent as possible. Our community palliative care team of nurses in North, Central and South Taranaki, doctors, counsellor’s and volunteers provide practical support and telephone advice 24/7. Patient and family/whānau needs are assessed regularly and support can be provided to meet these needs.
For some pe0ple, home is the residential care facility (rest home) where they reside. In this case, a clinical nurse specialist is available to visit the care facility and offers support and guidance as needed.
About our community service
The community service provides:
- Home visits for patients living at home or in aged care facilities.
- 24 hourphone access for advice and visits if needed - 06 753 7830.
- Liaison with GP's and other health professionals involved with the patient's care.
- Equipment such as beds, mattresses, wheelchairs, commodes for patient’s at home.
- In Inglewood and Mokau areas home nursing care is provided by district nurses who work in close liaison with Hospice Taranaki's staff.
Patients may borrow equipment from the hospice service and can include beds, wheelchairs, walking aids, chairs, mattresses, commodes and more... Please talk with your Palliative Care community nurse about borrowing any of this equipment.
Therapeutic massage and library resources including: books, pamphlets, CDs and DVDs are available for patients and families.Our community team makes around 16000 visits each year.