Who We Are - Arohanui Hospice

About Us

Arohanui Hospice provides specialist palliative care for people living with any life-limiting condition, throughout Palmerston North, Manawatu, Rangitikei, Tararua, Horowhenua and Otaki.

The care is tailored to each patient’s individual needs.  Hospice care is holistic, considering a person’s physical, emotional, social, cultural and spiritual needs; to optimise their quality of life.

Support is also provided for the patient’s family/whanau and carers throughout the illness and after the death of their loved one.

Living every moment

  1. Hospice is so much more than a building; it is a philosophy of care;
  2. Hospice cares for people with any life-limiting condition;
  3. Hospice helps people live every moment, in whatever way is important to them;
  4. Hospice cares for people in any place they call home;
  5. Hospice care is free of charge for patients and their families, whanau and carers.

Annually, we provide care for more than 11000 patients throughout the region, and support for their families/whanau and carers.

Around two-thirds of patients are cared for entirely in their own homes or place of residence, with regular visits by an assigned specialist registered nurse who provides patient assessment, monitoring and care coordination.  They are supported by Arohanui Hospice doctors and pharmacists, as well as social workers, and pastoral, spiritual, cultural and bereavement support staff.  Community Team members works in partnership with a patient’s General Practice (GP) team and/or district nurses.

Around one-third of patients have an admission to our inpatient unit in Palmerston North, mostly for symptom management before returning home.

We have on-average around 220 patients in our care at any one time.

Our services also include respite care, a 24/7 telephone advice service, outpatient clinics, day procedures, activities-based day programmes, family support and bereavement support.

Arohanui Hospice also has an an Education Service to provide support to healthcare workers in a range of settings including Aged Residential Care, General Practice, community hospitals, and other primary & secondary healthcare providers.

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