Since 1991 Arohanui Hospice in Palmerston North has been providing free specialist palliative care for patients who have life-limiting illnesses. Care provided by Arohanui Hospice enables patients to achieve the best possible quality of life and provides support to their families.
The services provided include support of the patient in the community, inpatient care, respite care, 24-hour advice, outpatient clinics, day procedures, an activities-based day programme, social work services, family support, pastoral and bereavement support.
The majority of patients cared for each year by Arohanui Hospice have cancer. However, we also care for people with non-malignant conditions such as motor neurone disease, respiratory disease and heart disease.
Arohanui Hospice is only partly funded by the government and each year the community makes up a massive shortfall in funding enabling us to continue to provide hospice services free of charge.