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, Beryl, is an experienced hospice social worker who brings a wealth of knowledge in this area to Franklin Hospice. Beryl can assist patients and their immediate family and/or carers with advice and assistance on all manner of non-medical issues such as working with Work & Income, accessing other services, and generally working with you to help you navigate your way on your journey.
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 (previously known as the 'Sitter 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 Partner support group
Our partner Support Group is also known as the Walking Group. Typically, members are spouses or partners of those who have – or have had - a life-limiting illness. The group meets weekly for a short walk (the walking is optional!) and then gathers for a cup of tea. Members find great comfort and support in sharing with others who have experienced similar journeys associated with having a loved one with a life-limiting illness. Through Hospice, they can access additional support if required.
For many, having their spiritual needs met is as important to them as clinical, counselling or cultural needs. Franklin Hospice has spiritual counsellors available to meet and talk with patients and family members. Spirituality can take many forms and is not confined to religion. The journey of the final stage of life is a time of searching for meaning, value, and completion of your life. Spiritual care is about offering to “be with” you in the search.
Sometimes with illness comes aches, pains, and niggles that could be relieved with a little massage therapy so Franklin Hospice makes a limited number of free massage therapy sessions available to patients. The service is provided by a qualified massage therapist at her rooms in Pukekohe. Unfortunately, we can’t make this available in the home.
From time to time, our patients may have to travel to specialist medical appointments and some of these can be quite a distance – including Middlemore and Auckland Hospitals. Franklin Hospice volunteers provide a patient transport service for our patients. It’s free, though a donation to help us cover costs is always appreciated.
Biography / videography service
These are outsourced services incurring a charge. Capturing your story matters. Its about handing on your life stories to family and whānau to celebrate you and enrich them.
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.