Otago Com­mu­nity Hospice and Up­per Clutha Hospice Trust col­lab­o­rate to pro­vide best care for lo­cals

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Otago Com­mu­nity Hospice (OCH) and the Up­per Clutha Hospice Trust (UCHT) are work­ing in col­lab­o­ra­tion to meet the needs of the Up­per Clutha com­mu­nity.

Otago Com­mu­nity Hospice is the cur­rent provider of com­mu­nity-based specialist pal­lia­tive care ser­vices to Up­per Clutha res­i­dents.

‘‘Hospice’’ is a range of ser­vices rather than a fa­cil­ity and these ser­vices are de­liv­ered by spe­cially trained staff to people who are dy­ing and who have com­plex needs.

These needs may be phys­i­cal, emo­tional, spir­i­tual or so­cial. OCH staff work along­side lo­cal care providers such as aged care providers, hospi­tal staff, GPs or District Nurses.

The Otago Com­mu­nity Hospice sup­ports its pa­tients where ever they want to be, and for most of them, that’s at home.

The aim of the OCH is to keep pa­tients in their own en­vi­ron­ment, symp­tom-free, for as long as pos­si­ble.

Seventy per cent of pa­tients on the Hospice pro­gramme will never need to be ad­mit­ted to the OCH in­pa­tient unit.

This is pri­mar­ily due to the level of specialist care the or­gan­i­sa­tion is able to deliver in the com­mu­nity.

The Otago Com­mu­nity Hospice also pro­vides sup­port and ed­u­ca­tion to pri­mary pal­lia­tive care providers, when re­quired, to care for their pa­tients.

All OCH ser­vices are pro­vided free of charge and it costs ap­prox­i­mately $175,000 to run the ser­vice each year for Cen­tral Otago res­i­dents.

Ap­prox­i­mately 67 per cent of this is funded by the South­ern District Health Board. In the Cen­tral Otago re­gion, the OCH has three care co­or­di­na­tors, each with specialist skills in pal­lia­tive care.

The lo­cal team is sup­ported by the wider mul­ti­pro­fes­sional team of doc­tors, nurses, coun­sel­lors, a spir­i­tual care worker and a so­cial worker to deliver holis­tic com­mu­nity care.

All pa­tients, fam­i­lies and lo­cal care providers have ac­cess to specialist tele­phone ad­vice 24/7.

There are times where it is ap­pro­pri­ate for pa­tients to have an ad­mis­sion to a care fa­cil­ity for symp­tom man­age­ment such as when the pa­tient’s needs are com­plex or to pro­vide respite for fam­ily mem­bers.

This need was iden­ti­fied by lo­cal res­i­dents and the Up­per Clutha Hospice Trust was es­tab­lished to ad­dress this need with a lo­cal so­lu­tion.

The Up­per Clutha Hospice Trust plans to es­tab­lish a pal­lia­tive and respite care fa­cil­ity in the Wanaka.

The Trustees hope to se­cure space in the Aged care Com­plex that the de­vel­op­ers of the As­pir­ing Life­style Re­tire­ment Vil­lage plan to build at the Vil­lage in 2014-15.

The space will ini­tially com­prise of a sin­gle pal­lia­tive bed­room with an ad­join­ing fam­ily room equipped for fam­ily to stay with the pa­tient.

The Trustees are seek­ing the op­tion to add a sec­ond pal­lia­tive bed­room if needed in fu­ture.

The nurs­ing, cater­ing, laun­dry, clean­ing sup­port of the UCHT’s rooms are to be pro­vided by the op­er­a­tor of the Aged Care Com­plex un­der con­tract to the Trust.

It is ex­pected that the pa­tient’s med­i­cal care will con­tinue to be pro­vided by their own GP, but with sup­port as nec­es­sary from clin­i­cians at Dun­stan Hospi­tal and the Otago Com­mu­nity Hospice.

The Otago Com­mu­nity Hospice will of­fer ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties to the care staff in the fa­cil­ity.

The Trustees hope that the pro­posed fa­cil­ity can be op­er­a­tional in late 2015.

The OCH is sup­port­ive of the UCHT pro­posal and is ab­so­lutely com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing what the UCHT are try­ing to achieve and will con­tinue to en­sure lo­cal res­i­dents have ac­cess to specialist pal­lia­tive care ser­vices.

The Otago Com­mu­nity Hospice’s An­nual Street Ap­peal is on Fri­day, 16 May 2014.

This year, OCH and UHCT will work to­gether and funds raised will be shared by both Trusts to sup­port the de­liv­ery of cur­rent ser­vices and help de­velop new ser­vices.

Both or­gan­i­sa­tions are com­mit­ted to on­go­ing co­op­er­a­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion.

Care co­or­di­na­tors for Cen­tral Otago: L-R: Chris­tine Pacey, Louisa Ing­ham, Natalie Franklin.

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