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