The goal of hospice care is to support people with a life limiting illness to live every moment in whatever way is important to them, their family and whanau.
The concept of care encompasses the whole person, not just their physical needs but also their emotional, spiritual, and social needs too. This care extends beyond the person who is unwell to include their family, whanau; support is available both before and after a death. Irrespective of where a person lives, this philosophy of care does not change and everything provided is free of charge.
Whilst free to people using hospice services it costs a lot to provide, in 2015 it will cost over $100M nationally.
As an essential health service provider, hospice services receive the majority of funding from Government; but financial support from the community is essential to meet the shortfall – in 2015 the total required from fundraising efforts is more than $45M nationally.