Hospice boosts staff

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By CHE BAKER

Otago Community Hospice has re­cruited a team of community care co-or­di­na­tors to in­crease its sup­port for Cen­tral Otago res­i­dents. The team, con­sist­ing of oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist Chris­tine Pacey, reg­is­tered nurse Louisa Ing­ham and coun­sel­lor and ther­a­pist Natalie Franklin will pro­vide home-based care for ter­mi­nally ill pa­tients on the hospice pro­gramme. OCH sup­port ser­vices leader Clare Green­smith said the hospice recog­nises that Cen­tral Otago is ge­o­graph­i­cally spread and grow­ing in pop­u­la­tion ‘‘which makes it cru­cially im­por­tant to en­sure peo­ple have ad­e­quate ac­cess to ser­vices’’. ‘‘We are ex­cited to have three en­thu­si­as­tic, ex­pe­ri­enced prac­ti­tion­ers work­ing in the re­gion who will bring their en­ergy and com­mit­ment to the peo­ple of Cen­tral Otago,’’ she said. Community care co-or­di­na­tors were en­sured pa­tients and car­ers re­mained at the cen­tre of care, main­tained con­trol, ex­er­cised choice and were linked with all the ap­pro­pri­ate agen­cies. ‘‘Chris­tine, Louisa and Natalie have com­ple­men­tary skill sets which will al­low them to draw on each other’s ex­pe­ri­ence to of­fer our pa­tients the pos­si­ble sup­port,” she said. Mrs Pacey, who is from Scot­land, said community-based roles were the jobs she en­joyed the most. “I love the idea of be­ing able to help peo­ple stay home with their friends and fam­ily.’’ Mrs Ing­ham said she was look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenges the role would of­fer and Mrs Franklin said she was look­ing for­ward to be­ing part of a multi-dis­ci­plinary team, com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing high qual­ity spe­cial­ist ser­vices. OCH ser­vices are pro­vided free to any­one with a life-lim­it­ing ill­ness.

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Com­ple­men­tary car­ers: Community care co-or­di­na­tors Chris­tine Pacey, Louisa Ing­ham and Natalie Franklin.

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