Our care in the community
We’re with you wherever you are
Faced with a limited time to live, people experience a host of very significant and challenging changes. We seek to be alongside, supporting and assisting their quality of life, their dying and their bereavement.
The term ‘palliative care’ refers to an approach that improves the quality of life for patients and their families facing a terminal illness. This care focuses on the prevention and relief of suffering and the treatment of pain and other problems – physical, social and spiritual.
Hospice community services are available for people living in Wellington, Porirua and the Kāpiti Coast and all our services are free of charge. Our services are jointly funded by donations, bequests and a contract with the District Health Board. We support our patients in their own home, in residential care or at our Inpatient Unit in Newtown. Our three community teams are made up of doctors, nurses, counsellors and therapists who provide holistic care and support.
On any one day, around 250 patients are being cared for by Mary Potter Hospice, largely in their own homes.
Wherever you are the Hospice philosophy applies: care for the whole person, not just your physical needs but also emotional, spiritual and social needs. The goal is to improve quality of life, understand what matters most in life and focus on the person and their family.
Is Hospice care suitable for you?
People need to be referred for Hospice care by their GP, health provider or hospital clinical staff. Each patient is then assessed to establish if the Hospice service can meet their needs.