A one day education session for families and friends as carers of their loved ones.
Part One: Support for you and your family
Part one begins with introductions and morning tea giving the participants and facilitators a chance to get to know each other. After this we will discuss what Palliative Care is and ways to access support for you in your care-giving role. We will also talk about what to expect, how to manage the changes and most importantly how to care for yourself and build your resilience.
Part Two: The Practicalities
Often people are worried about some of the practical things they many need to do so we will be covering things like medications., food and fluids, safe moving and how to avoid falls, what to do if you are faced with something new, hygiene and skin care, massage and keeping records of things like pain levels or medications given.
Part Three: The Challenges
It is likely that caring for a friend or relative may at times involve having difficult or uncomfortable conversations, cause feelings such as sadness or loss and require you to help organise things such as wills or a funeral – this session will help you to feel more comfortable in providing this really important support. We will also cover what changes can be expected as someone approaches the end of their life.
We want the programme to be as useful for you as possible so during each session there will be time for you to ask questions and discuss anything that is causing you concerns.
Venue: Waipuna Hospice, 43 Te Puna Station Road, Tauranga.
To book a place, please contact:
Education@waipunahospice.org.nz or phone (07) 552 4380
Testimonies from previous course participants:
“The whole event made me feel more comfortable and I walked away with more confidence in myself and more knowledgeable with what to expect as time goes on.”
“I really do feel a lot better and stronger now about my situation.”
“It was one of the most helpful courses I have ever been to and the support, gentleness, tact and knowledge of the staff was wonderful. I now feel a part of the hospice scene whereas before I didn’t.”
“It was good to come together and hear other people talk about how they cope.”