We provide a number of resources to support our patients and their families.
Please ask staff for copies or access them here:
- Our Services – an overview of all the Hospice has to offer.
- A Guide For Carers – helpful information from Hospice NZ.
- About Grief – helpful information on the grieving process.
- Acupressure in Palliative Care – acupressure techniques for symptom management.
- An Admission To The Inpatient Unit – What To Expect – this explains our approach to your care and the various reasons why you may be there.
- Coping with Bereavement – this describes some of the common feelings you may experience when someone close to you dies.
- Counselling Services – our counselling services provide the opportunity to explore issues and feelings with a trained professional before, or after, the death of a loved one.
- Massage Therapy for Inpatients and Family/Whānau – massage is a way to unwind and relax and a passive exercise that can compensate for lack of movement.
- Driving Considerations – guidelines on when to drive and when not to drive.
- Falls prevention – simple ways to help remove the risk of trips and falls.
- Feet, footwear and falls – advice about well fitting footwear for foot health and to help prevent falls.
- Funeral Directors in the Greater Wellington Region – a convenient list of services with contact information.
- Funeral Planning – our social workers at Mary Potter Hospice are happy to work alongside you and your family as you make decisions about an appropriate funeral or farewell event. There are a number of options available to people planning a funeral which range from working closely with a funeral director who manages most or all of the arrangements, through to family-led funerals where family plan and manage most or all of it.
Our Māori Liaison has connections to Māori communities and can provide tautoko/support when preparing for tangihanga. Assistance is also available when planning travel home to the marae or urupā.
- Hospice New Zealand also has many resources and publications available to help.
Thinking about your future health care
Advance Care Planning is an opportunity to think about what is important to you, what matters, what makes life meaningful. This can help you talk about it with your family and friends.
The important first steps are thinking about and talking about what you want – because it’s the conversations and the shared understanding of what matters that makes the biggest difference. Once you have done that, it is very helpful to write down the key points and any specific wishes in a plan so that others can refer to it.
The Advance Care Planning website provides information on how you can do this.
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