A new Hospice caring centre in Warkworth, with architecture influenced by ‘The Architecture of Hope’ from Maggie’s Centres abroad, is the first of its kind in New Zealand.
Tui House, opened on 16 November, offers private and semi-private hosting spaces with most rooms connecting to the outdoors.
Patients, family members and other carers will be able to attend nurse-led clinics, day programmes, patient and caregiver education, therapy groups (e.g. relaxation and mindfulness), grief and other support groups. Tui House has two day respite beds and includes an education and community wing where hospice nurses can give palliative care training to healthcare workers and members of the community.
The community wing will be available for hire for meetings, small events and private functions.
Warkworth Wellsford Hospice General Manager Kathryn Ashworth says the new purpose built facility will enable Warkworth Wellsford Hospice to keep pace with the growing need for care as the local population grows and ages.
“We will be able to offer services which help keep our patients close to home and may keep them out of hospital. Tui House will allow Hospice to offer wrap around support, giving families confidence to care for their loved ones at home and deal with challenges as the person’s illness progresses.”
Construction of the new, $7.5 million facility, on the corner of Glenmore and Morrison Drives, Warkworth, began in May last year and represents funds pledged from Trusts, Foundations and locals comprising individuals, businesses and community groups. Major donations came from Pub Charity, Rodney Health Charitable Trust, the Ted and Mollie Carr Endowment Trust, Lotteries Community Facilities Fund and The David Levene Foundation.
“We are in awe of the generosity of people in this community and are proud of what we have achieved together,” says Mrs Ashworth.