Mary Potter Hospice provides a number of resources to support you and your family or whānau.
Please ask Hospice staff for copies, or you can access them digitally here:
- Our Services – An overview of the services that Mary Potter Hospice offers.
- A Guide For Carers – Helpful information from Hospice New Zealand.
- About Grief – Helpful information on the grieving process.
- An Admission to the Inpatient Unit – What to Expect – This explains our approach to your care and the various reasons why you may be admitted to the Inpatient Unit.
- Assistive Equipment – Information about equipment that is available to assist people to be as independent and as safe as possible in their daily lives.
- 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.
- 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/Tangihanga 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 you.
Advance Care Planning
Advance Care Planning (ACP) is the process of thinking about, talking about and planning for future health care and end-of-life care. 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 family, whānau and friends can refer to it.
The Advance Care Planning website provides information on how you can do this.
The Mauri Mate Framework responds to issues that Māori have raised with service providers and researchers. The aim is to develop guidelines for hospices, so adult Māori receive access to good palliative care which includes:
- Good (quality) care in the lead-up to the end-of-life
- Good comfort (compassionate) care at the end-of-life
- Helpful whānau support during and after the illness, and the end-of-life (including spiritual care and grief support).
Mauri Mate has been written as guidance for the hospices of Aotearoa. It is anticipated that this guide will be useful and adaptable for the services provided by primary care, aged residential care, hospital teams and whānau care.
Read the Mauri Mate Framework on Hospice New Zealand’s website.
Guidelines for self-administration of medications
Mary Potter Hospice doctors have created videos to provide training to patients and carer for self-administration of medications. They can be used following advice from Hospice staff on which medication is most suitable for the patient and how it is best given.
Giving Sublingual Medication
Inserting a Subcutaneous Line
Connecting a Loaded Syringe Driver
Drawing Up Medication from a Plastic Ampoule
Drawing up Medication from a Glass Ampoule
Setting Up a Syringe Driver
If you are a Mary Potter Hospice patient or carer, and have questions about anything in these videos please call Mary Potter Hospice on (04) 801 006 at any time.