Totara Hospice Blog Latest update from Blog en-us Wed, 24 Apr 2024 15:59:26 +1300 Wed, 24 Apr 2024 15:59:26 +1200 60 Celebrating 40 Years of Compassionate Care: A Legacy of Love and Healing <img src="" width="200" /> As I pen these words, I am filled with joy and gratitude. I stand in awe of the incredible journey Tōtara Hospice has been on &ndash; 40 years of unwavering dedication to caring for people with terminal illnesses in our community. It is a journey that has touched countless lives, including mine,... Thu, 16 Nov 2023 14:57:11 +1200 TV Interview - Tōtara Hospice explains why it will offer assisted dying <img src="" width="200" /> Watch Tōtara Hospice CE Tina McCafferty and medical director Dr James Jap explain to Jack Tame on Q&amp;A why they&rsquo;ll be the only hospice in the country to offer assisted dying services. Tue, 24 Oct 2023 17:01:14 +1200 Contributing to the community: Paul Maguire <img src="" width="200" /> It&rsquo;s National Volunteer Week, a time to honour the energy and mahi of volunteers in Aotearoa New Zealand. We sat down for a chat with Volunteer Driver and Gardener Paul Maguire to find out more about his volunteer work and why he does it. Hi Paul, so tell me, what do you do at Tōtara... Thu, 20 Jul 2023 14:37:24 +1200 Forever in our Hearts <img src="" width="200" /> Our family purchased a plaque for Alexia on the memorial walkway at Tōtara Hospice on what would have been her 35th birthday. We felt that this was a way for us to keep our precious loved one close to our hearts and minds forever. Alexia and Warren, our son, met in London and moved... Tue, 14 Mar 2023 13:27:03 +1200 A Day in the Life of our Takanini Distribution Centre Manager <img src="" width="200" /> Delivering&nbsp;Just&nbsp;the&nbsp;Good&nbsp;Stuff Kelly&rsquo;s role is a greatly varied one, and she wouldn&rsquo;t have it any other way. From supporting her team and shops to organising deliveries, increasing sustainability measures, and even jumping on the truck when needed.&nbsp;... Tue, 14 Mar 2023 13:03:17 +1200 Turning Grief into Growth <img src="" width="200" /> Meet our new Volunteer Manager Genevieve Simati, who has recently joined the team. Having had her husband Tala, cared for in the community by Tōtara&nbsp;Hospice, Gen as she likes to be called knows first-hand what Hospice offers both patients and families. &ldquo;We spent years feeling like we... Mon, 06 Mar 2023 09:44:11 +1200 One Year On: Aradhna’s Story <img src="" width="200" /> On the anniversary of her husband Kuben&rsquo;s passing, Aradhna reflects on the past year and celebrates his life by raising an incredible $3,905 for Tōtara&nbsp;Hospice. One year ago, Kuben Padayachie sadly passed away from pancreatic cancer. His wife, Aradhna, is grateful to the team at... Mon, 06 Mar 2023 09:29:28 +1200 Thank You from Dr James <img src="" width="200" /> As the Medical Director of Tōtara Hospice, I don&rsquo;t often write to our supporters, I tend to spend my days helping improve our patients&rsquo; quality of life and death. But, I wanted to acknowledge everyone who has donated to us over this critical period. During the multiple lockdowns... Mon, 31 Oct 2022 16:28:26 +1200 A Day in the Life of a Tōtara Hospice Social Worker <img src="" width="200" /> Jessica Londhe, Tōtara Hospice Social Worker, has just stopped for a quick coffee break after visiting two of her at-home patients this morning.&nbsp; She pauses for a deep breath. It&rsquo;s been a tough morning supporting families as well as the terminally ill.&nbsp; Her role is a... Mon, 31 Oct 2022 15:40:41 +1200 Future of Palliative Care Interview with Kathryn Ryan <img src="" width="200" /> Listen to our Chief Executive Tina McCafferty along with Hospice NZ acting Chief Executive, Wayne Naylor, talk to Kathryn Ryan on Radio New Zealand about the future of hospice. Currently, hospices need $293,000 a day just to stand still but with patient numbers growing year on year, and no... Fri, 15 Jul 2022 11:16:52 +1200 A Difference Maker <img src="" width="200" /> Sally shares her passion to give back. There are many reasons people volunteer: for some it&rsquo;s the connections, the desire to give back, or even as a new interest or hobby. Sally Barclay has been an amazing&nbsp; volunteer at Tōtara Hospice for well over 10 years now, and her reason... Fri, 08 Jul 2022 12:48:43 +1200 Remembering Rosie, A Life of Service <img src="" width="200" /> Your kind donations supported Rosie&rsquo;s dignity. When Rosie&rsquo;s health went quickly downhill in 2021, it was only fitting that in her final months she&nbsp;was shown the care, compassion, and welcoming environment she had always displayed to&nbsp;others, and at Tōtara Hospice we... Fri, 08 Jul 2022 12:34:40 +1200 Q+A with Jack Tame - Funding Crisis <img src="" width="200" /> p:first-of-type { display:none; }.button {background-color: #cc0000; border: none; color: white; padding: 15px 32px; margin-bottom:25px; text-align: center; text-decoration: none; display: inline-block; font-size: 16px; font-weight:bold } &nbsp; Hospices in... Fri, 25 Feb 2022 10:13:47 +1200 Round the Clock Care <img src="" width="200" /> Thanks to you, we&rsquo;re working around the clock supporting patients and their whānau providing the best individual care. Have a read over all the moving parts to see what happens on any given day, to ensure Tōtara Hospice continues to operate efficiently. 2:20am:&nbsp; When... Thu, 27 May 2021 11:35:43 +1200 Kids get real with Dr James! <img src="" width="200" /> Kids Pod is a podcast where kids get to ask adults the questions they really want to know! Recently Kids Pod reached out and spoke with Dr. James Jap about his role as the Medical Director at Tōtara Hospice and as a Palliative Medicine Specialist. Q: What is a Palliative Care... Thu, 27 May 2021 11:02:22 +1200