Making life more meaningful

By andreasvendsen on April 11, 2017

Hospice West Auckland provides care and support to people when they need it most.

At any one time throughout west Auckland, Hospice cares for more than 150 patients, both in their own homes and at Hospice House.

Karen Talbot, Specialist Palliative Care Services Manager, who has worked at Hospice West Auckland for six years, says it can be a challenging job, but she and the team strive to make as positive a difference as possible to their patients’ lives.

And a recent grant from Harcourts Blue Fern Realty Limited, through the Harcourts Foundation, for more than $5,000 will be used to do just that, funding the purchase of two syringe drivers and lock boxes.

Syringe drivers allow continuous administration of medication to control symptoms such as pain, which means patients are able to continue with their life and spend more meaningful time with their families.

Karen Talbot says Hospice West Auckland is a charitable organisation and although it receives approximately forty percent funding from the Waitemata District Health Board, it is reliant on grants, fundraising, donations, events and the revenue from its six Hospice Op Shops to provide the service it does to west Aucklanders at one of the most difficult and vulnerable times in their lives.

“We are hugely thankful to the Harcourts Foundation for this. It means a lot to us and the people from all walks of life, young and old, who we care for. Thank you.”