Wairarapa News : January 30th 2013
20 WAIRARAPA NEWS, JANUARY 30, 2013 ADVERTISING FEATURE 5141313A A "Helping make every day count" Te Kowhai, 59 Renall St, Masterton Ph 06 378 8888 • www.hospicewairarapa.co.nz WHAT CAN YOU DO? Volunteers bring caring attitudes and many aptitudes to Hospice Wairarapa. Would you like to join us? We believe everyone can do something, so please don't be shy about volunteering. Maybe you can help in the Te Kowhai garden? Or Saturday morning Garage Sales? Or manage a mailing list? Some volunteers work directly with patients, ferrying them to appointments or helping with the Tuesday and Thursday support clubs. Some provide a welcoming smile at Te Kowhai while others are more behind the scenes. Whatever your skills, we can help you find a spot to support Hospice Wairarapa. Just call Chris Wills who co- ordinates volunteer services, at 06 378 8888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and join our team. Every moment counts I know first-hand the huge difference hospice care can make to families caring for someone who is dying and the support they receive after the death as they re-adjust their own lives.'' (Lynn Ewart, Hospice Wairarapa trustee) Each of us faces death as uniquely as we live our life. Our hospice experience tells us that when death comes to us or someone close to us, we want it to be peaceful and free of pain. We hope to face death surrounded by those we love, cared for, feeling safe and comfortable. But many fear it will not be like this. We fear pain, distress and loss of control. We worry we will be a burden. We do not know where to get help. While most people are aware of hospices, there are many misconceptions. A hospice is not a building or simply a place where people go to die: it is a philosophy of care that goes beyond the palliative care of medication, pain and symptom control. Our goal is to help people make the most of their lives. ''Helping to Make Every Moment Count'' is what it's all about. Importantly, there is no cost to the patient or family. We care for the whole person. This means their physical needs and also their equally important emotional, spiritual and social needs. We care for friends and families as well, both before and after a death, and knowing their family will be supported is generally very comforting for the patient. There is no in-patient dedicated hospice facility in the Wairarapa but as most patients prefer to remain in their home environment as long as possible this is not a problem. Occasionally they may require time in a hospital or aged care facility, but irrespective of where they are, this philosophy of care does not change. We believe that everyone with a life limiting condition, and their families and whanau, should have access to the best possible care, enabling them to ultimately die in peace and with dignity. Lloyd Wilson, chairman, Hospice Wairarapa Community Trust Working together to focus on need Hospice Wairarapa brings together many specialists and providers of care for the Wairarapa community. We are very fortunate in having an extraordinary --- and possibly unique --- spirit of co-operation between our local service providers. Management and staff from the DHB/Kahukura nursing team, Cancer Society and the hospice meet regularly to focus on how best to meet the palliative needs of patients and their families in our care. The actual clinical care is ably provided by the DHB/Kahukura team, which is based at the hospice's Te Kowhai facility in Masterton. Our primary role is to provide the psycho-social and practical support for patients and families, as part of our Making Every Day Count philosophy. Many of our patients made initial contact with and have been assisted by the Cancer Society in the early stages of their journey, and the society remains involved with their care. This spirit of co-operation is one of the most pleasing aspects about providing palliative care in Wairarapa. Popular programme expanded Welcome break: Volunteers are an essential part of Hospice Wairarapa. The half-day Te Kowhai Thursday day programme has proved so popular for patients and their families that we had a waiting list. So we are proud to announce a new service -- the Tuesday group. From 10am to noonthe shorter programme suits some patients better, depending on their wellness and energy levels, as well as organising clinical appointments and family commitments. The Tuesday Group is activity- oriented. Patients can relax and enjoy socialising and entertainment like music, massage and beauty therapy -- a little pampering makes everyone look good and feel better. It's essential for carers to get a break as well, knowing their family member is being well cared for and enjoying the stimulation of being with others. This programme is made possible because of our volunteers. The group's 10 volunteers take care of everything from transport and providing the delicious morning teas, to helping with therapies and patient support. Underlying it all is a lot of care and spoiling to lift the spirit, achieving the best outcome for patients and their families. Some pampering for carers is also important, and we hope to introduce similar sessions for carers during 2013. Community support valuable Supporters: The Warehouse Masterton staff with a cheque for Hospice Wairarapa. Our grateful thanks to two big organisations taking the trouble to support community activities, including Hospice Wairarapa. Masterton is one of the central and southern North Island Warehouse stores raising funds for their local hospices. For three weeks in November, Warehouse customers were asked if they wanted to ''add a dollar'' to their purchases --- and 1103 said yes. With proceeds from a sausage sizzle and collection box the Masterton store, with enthusiastic staff and supportive shoppers, has now raised $2000 for Hospice Wairarapa. Tracy Sheehan, store manager for The Warehouse Masterton, said ''We are thrilled to support Hospice Wairarapa. We are grateful for the crucial work they do in our community. Through their work they touch so many lives and we hope this money will help to make a difference to the families in our local community.'' Did you know the next time you shop at Masterton New World, dropping your little red buttons into the Hospice Wairarapa box will also help support us? We are delighted that the Anchor Growing Communities fundraiser has selected Hospice Wairarapa as one of three worthy causes to support. So every time you choose us with your red button, it's more very welcome financial support. Hospice chairman Lloyd Wilson says this support goes a long way towards our service, providing free palliative care to people who need help at one of the most difficult times in their lives.
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