Other services we provide
Patient and family/whānau support
Franklin Hospice provides a range of additional patient, family and whānau support services. Our Patient & Family Services Team Leader brings a wealth of knowledge in this area to Franklin Hospice. We can assist patients and their immediate family and/or carers with advice and assistance on all manner of non-medical issues.
Often, our patients and families feel overwhelmed, but we are here to help so you do not have to face the journey alone.
Daybreak - our patient support group
Our Daybreak Patient Support Group meetings occur weekly at the Hospice. There is tea, home baking and a lot of laughter. 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 speakers. The themes at some of the group sessions include scrapbooking, occupational therapy tips, and various other craft activities.
The Companionship Service is provided by Hospice volunteers. The service is designed to provide companionship to patients and carers - and 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.
Our walking group provides support for those who have lost a loved one. The group meets weekly for a short walk (the walking is optional!) and then gathers for a cup of tea.
We have trained volunteers to visit patients who would like to record their life story. This is provided free of charge.
Mobility van hire
If you’re in a wheelchair, nothing needs to stand in your way when you want to get out and around Franklin. Previously owned by a Franklin Hospice client who generously paid for the front seat wheelchair restraints, this Mobility Van is available to patients, their families and the local community. The van’s primary purpose is to help Hospice patients, but we’re also offering it to Franklin locals, to hire overnight, for special occasions, or the weekend. All we ask is that the van is returned with a full tank of fuel and a small donation to cover running expenses, maintenance and insurance. To find out more and to book the Franklin Hospice Mobility van, please call Franklin Hospice on 09 238 9376.