Patient and Family Support
Franklin Hospice provides a range of additional patient and family support services.
Patient Support Group
Our Patient Support Group meets regularly at the Hospice. The activities are planned to be interesting, informative and relevant and cover a wide range of topics. We use both Franklin Hospice staff and external experts. The themes at some of the group sessions to date include; flax weaving, nutrition (and how to make healthy and easy to drink shakes) and Easter Egg making.
Carer Respite Service
The Carer Respite Service is provided by Hospice volunteers. As the name suggests, the service is designed to give carers a short break and a bit of personal time. The service is only designed to be for brief periods – typically a few hours – but that can be a big help!
Partner Support Group
Our partner Support Group is also known as the Walking Group. Typically, members are partners of those who have – or have had - a life-limiting illness. The group meets weekly for a short walk and then gathers for a cup of tea. Members find great comfort and support in being with and talking with others who have experienced the journey associated with having a loved one with a life-limiting illness and through Hospice, they can access additional support if required.
For many, having their spiritual needs met is as important to them as clinical, counselling or cultural needs. Franklin Hospice has spiritual counsellors available to meet and talk with patients and family members.
Spirituality can take many forms and is not confined to religion. The journey of the final stage of life is a time of searching for meaning, value and completion of your life. Spiritual care is about offering to “be with” you in the search.
Sometimes with illness comes aches, pains and niggles that could be relieved with a little massage therapy so Franklin Hospice will soon be making a limited number of free massage therapy sessions available to patients. Unfortunately, we can’t make this available in the home.
From time to time, our patients may have to travel to specialist medical appointments and some of these can be quite a distance – including Middlemore and Auckland Hospitals.
Franklin Hospice volunteers provide a patient transport service for our patients. It’s free, though a donation to help us cover costs is always appreciated.