Cranford Hospice provides specialist knowledge and empowers others to provide quality palliative care/whakamauru tangata to the people of Hawke’s Bay - from Mahia in the north to Takapau in the south. We have been providing palliative care in Hawke’s Bay since 1982 and until 01 July 2017 we were a service of Presbyterian Support East Coast.
Maximising quality of life is at the centre of palliative care. Or as Dame Cicely Saunders, the founder of the hospice movement, once said it: “You matter because you are you. You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die”.
Our goal is to help people who are dying make the most of their time left, to help them live every moment whether they are at home, in an aged care facility or come for a short stay with us in our eight bed inpatient facility. We offer our services at no cost to the patient regardless of age, ethnicity, means or religion.
Admission may be for symptom control, short term respite care, or terminal care when this is no longer possible at home. We provide the highest possible degree of comfort, peace and dignity.
Our hospice team includes specialist Doctors and Nurses, as well as a Family Support Team made up of a Counsellor, Social Worker, Kaitakawaenga (Maori liaison), Music Therapist, Carer Support Coordinator, Occupational Therapist and Pastoral Care Coordinator. This team provides advice, care and support to patients both in their homes and in the inpatient unit.
We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to talk through any concerns, offer advice or help manage symptoms. Our Family Support Team offer practical assistance, as well as grief and bereavement support for both the patient and their family/whanau. We also work alongside other health professionals such as GP’s and the hospital palliative care team.