There is a range of services and support for families and individuals towards the end of life.
Where can I be cared for?
You can receive palliative care wherever you choose to be – at home, in hospital or in residential care. Hospice care is available where this support is seen as needed by you and your healthcare team.
Many health professionals and support agencies may be involved in your care including your GP, district nurses and any other medical specialists who are part of your regular care such as an oncologist or kidney specialist. If you’ve been referred to a specialist palliative care team in the hospital or by referral to a hospice, your GP will continue to be involved in your care. The palliative care team will help co-ordinate your care in partnership with your wider healthcare team, family, hospital and community organisations.
Hospices around New Zealand provide support to people and their families who are living with a terminal illness. Most people are referred to their local hospice by their GP or main healthcare provider. Anyone is welcome to contact their local hospice to find out more about their services. Hospice care is free for anyone in New Zealand who’s eligible for free healthcare.
What support is available for caregivers?
Hospice NZ has published a booklet called A Guide for Carers. This is an excellent resource for friends and family which covers practical and emotional issues around caring for someone with a terminal illness.
Skylight is a not-for-profit NZ organisation who specifically support children and young people affected by loss and grief.
The Cancer Society provides services and support for terminally ill patients and families.
About palliative care Ministry of Health NZ