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Our objective is to enhance the quality of life for all those in Mid Canterbury
dealing with life limiting illness and bereavement.

Hospice Mid Canterbury is a registered Charitable Trust and an Associate Member of Hospice New Zealand.

We do not provide clinical care, but complement existing services by providing social support in the community.
Many people believe hospice is just a building, when in fact it is a philosophy of care. That philosophy extends beyond the physical needs of a person to their emotional, social and spiritual needs, and those of their family as they live with a life limiting condition. Anyone living with a life limiting condition – e.g heart failure, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, or cancer – can access and benefit from hospice services.

The goal is to help people make the most of their lives; to live every moment in whatever way is important to them.
 

Our Core Services

We provide a number of services to support people dealing with a life limiting illness.
Support is also available to families and carers.
All our services are free.

Biography Writing

Resources

Home Support

Massage

Reiki

Bereavement Support

Companionship

Counselling

You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life. We will do all we can not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die.

Dame Cicely Saunders,
founder of the modern hospice movement 1918 – 2005

Hospice Mid Canterbury
Community House
44 Cass Street, Ashburton
Phone 03 307 8387

admin@hospicemc.nz

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We have 16 tickets left for our movie fundraiser, 'Finding Your Feet', this Thursday, 22 February. We would love a sellout so please get in touch if you would like a ticket. All remaining tickets are available from House of Travel, East Street. ... See MoreSee Less

We have 16 tickets left for our movie fundraiser, Finding Your Feet, this Thursday, 22 February.  We would love a sellout so please get in touch if you would like a ticket.  All remaining tickets are available from House of Travel, East Street.

 

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It is our pleasure to introduce you to Christine Wilson who is our Manager of Volunteer Services.
Christine (nee McIndoe) taught at Ashburton College for many years as Head of English before retiring.
“I feel strongly about Hospice services. When I nursed my husband here in Ashburton, I struggled to manage despite dedicated professional people doing their very best. I want to help people in similar circumstances, both those who are not well and those who are caring for them.”
Christine started with Hospice Mid-Canterbury when it began in 2015, working as a volunteer biographer for three years before taking up her new role.
You can contact Christine by phoning 307 8387.
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It is our pleasure to introduce you to Christine Wilson who is our Manager of Volunteer Services.
Christine (nee McIndoe) taught at Ashburton College for many years as Head of English before retiring.  
“I feel strongly about Hospice services. When I nursed my husband here in Ashburton, I struggled to manage despite dedicated professional people doing their very best. I want to help people in similar circumstances, both those who are not well and those who are caring for them.” 
Christine started with Hospice Mid-Canterbury when it began in 2015, working as a volunteer biographer for three years before taking up her new role.
You can contact Christine by phoning 307 8387.

 

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Amazing photo Christine, Good luck with your new job and all the very best too. Stay safe and hope this storm passes soon.

4 days ago

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The next 'Understanding Dementia' course starts 20 February. Julie, one of our wonderful volunteers, shares her thoughts about the course:

The Understanding Dementia free online course is a University of Tasmania Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre initiative that is offered twice-yearly. The next course begins on 20 February 2018 and students can enrol from now until 9 March.
The 27-hour course comprises an introductory unit (3 hours) followed by three units that deal with the brain (7 hours), the diseases (7 hours) and the disease from the perspective of the patient (10 hours). The first unit (The Brain) provides background content on basic nervous system anatomy and function, followed by a discussion of the diseases that cause dementia, current dementia research and future directions. The second unit (The Diseases) explores differences between normal ageing and dementia, risk factors, issues surrounding diagnosis, as well as medical management. The third unit (The Person) addresses difficulties in recognising symptoms, living with dementia, palliation, pain, dementia-friendly communities, dementia-inclusive design, and non-pharmacological therapies.
The course would be of value to carers, health professionals, volunteers and anyone else interested in dementia such as families affected by it. It is not at all difficult to do.
I found it valuable in that we often encounter dementia in the course of my work as a volunteer (I have worked with three clients with Alzheimers so far). I had always thought of Alzheimers as a disease that primarily affects memory but was surprised to find that it entails much more than that. The course helped me to better understand some behaviours that had previously puzzled me when I learned that Alzheimers can affect many different areas of the brain and not just those concerned with laying down and retrieving memories. I also did not realise that it was a terminal disease. It seems I had a lot to learn and the course well and truly filled the bill in this respect.
I would recommend this course to anyone. The well-constructed seven-week course content is accessible for nine weeks and is not at all onerous to complete with an average of only three hours a week needed to complete it.

mooc.utas.edu.au/courses/understanding-dementia-2018-02
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The next Understanding Dementia course starts 20 February.  Julie, one of our wonderful volunteers, shares her thoughts about the course:

The Understanding Dementia free online course is a University of Tasmania Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre initiative that is offered twice-yearly.  The next course begins on 20 February 2018 and students can enrol from now until 9 March.
The 27-hour course comprises an introductory unit (3 hours) followed by three units that deal with the brain (7 hours), the diseases (7 hours) and the disease from the perspective of the patient (10 hours).  The first unit (The Brain) provides background content on basic nervous system anatomy and function, followed by a discussion of the diseases that cause dementia, current dementia research and future directions. The second unit (The Diseases) explores differences between normal ageing and dementia, risk factors, issues surrounding diagnosis, as well as medical management. The third unit (The Person) addresses difficulties in recognising symptoms, living with dementia, palliation, pain, dementia-friendly communities, dementia-inclusive design, and non-pharmacological therapies. 
The course would be of value to carers, health professionals, volunteers and anyone else interested in dementia such as families affected by it. It is not at all difficult to do.
I found it valuable in that we often encounter dementia in the course of my work as a volunteer (I have worked with three clients with Alzheimers so far).   I had always thought of Alzheimers as a disease that primarily affects memory but was surprised to find that it entails much more than that. The course helped me to better understand some behaviours that had previously puzzled me when I learned that Alzheimers can affect many different areas of the brain and not just those concerned with laying down and retrieving memories. I also did not realise that it was a terminal disease. It seems I had a lot to learn and the course well and truly filled the bill in this respect.
I would recommend this course to anyone. The well-constructed seven-week course content is accessible for nine weeks and is not at all onerous to complete with an average of only three hours a week needed to complete it.

https://mooc.utas.edu.au/courses/understanding-dementia-2018-02

 

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Julie McGrath Shona Mcgrath Brenda Leonard I will sign up and learn about this not sure if anyone else wants to. It will help me understand you lot when it gets you but I wont remember cause I’m already losing it,

I will too

Philip John Mcgrath and Jeff McGrath not sure if you are interested as well

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We still have some tickets available for our movie fundraiser, Thursday 22 February, 8pm. Tickets are $20 and are available from the Hospice Shop, 77 Tancred St, and House of Travel, East Street.When ‘Lady’ Sandra Abbott (Imelda Staunton) discovers that her husband of forty years is having an affair with her best friend, she seeks refuge with her est... ... See MoreSee Less

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