Tu­rangi talk about health


When Joyce Hoko’s mother got sick she re­alised there were real ‘pot holes’ in the Tu­rangi com­mu­nity when it came to the health sys­tem.

Now, Hoko wants to get the whole com­mu­nity to­gether to sort it out.

Two years ago, Hoko’s mum suf­fered a sever stroke which left her dis­abled and de­pen­dant on the peo­ple around her.

Hoko’s mother has since passed away, but she said look­ing af­ter her had been quite ‘‘in­tense’’ at times. With ‘com­mon sense and good com­mu­ni­ca­tion’ be­tween the fam­ily and the Tuwhare­toa Health Car­ers, her mother’s health and well­be­ing was ‘top notch’.

How­ever, she be­lieved there needed to be more train­ing when it came to car­ing for high needs pa­tients in the com­mu­nity. She be­lieves there was a lack of re­sourc­ing and pro­fes­sional in­put for fam­i­lies.

Her only support net­work in Tu­rangi was the Tuwhare­toa Health Car­ers.

There was no one else to get in­for­ma­tion from on how to deal with a loved one who has had a stroke or to ac­cess the kind of equip­ment they needed in the house or even how to trans­port her to and from doc­tors’ ap­point­ments.

In the end, the Hoko fam­ily ended up pur­chas­ing their own van.

‘‘There were no pro­fes­sional peo­ple to talk about that help to al­le­vi­ate that stress and that strug­gle,’’ she said.

‘‘We iden­ti­fied a lot of gaps – a lot of pot holes – through the process with our mum be­ing home.’’

Hoko is sure oth­ers will be in the same sit­u­a­tion she was in.

’’If I went through this by my­self with my mother, then how many oth­ers are go­ing through the same thing?

‘‘We should be a com­mu­nity that has these ser­vices avail­able to us. There needs to be a change.’’

Hoko thinks a ‘Hub’ should be set up in Tu­rangi – an area where com­mu­nity mem­bers can go to find out all the in­for­ma­tion they need when it comes for car­ing for a sick loved one.

‘‘It’s the way for­ward.’’

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