The Hibiscus (Coast) Hospice was founded in 1985, around the activities of a small group of volunteers who provided homecare support to District Nurses involved in caring for the terminally ill. Registered as a charitable trust in 1992, Hibiscus Hospice is a community asset, governed by an elected board of trustees and run for the benefit of the community.
We are a member of Hospice NZ and one of 37 Hospices providing palliative care around the country.
Since its inception, demand for our services has steadily increased and the original premises purchased in 1993 at Pohutukawa Avenue Orewa, were soon outgrown.
In May 1997 the first of what would become four Hospice shops was opened to help generate the funds necessary to keep the growing service running.
In 2005, a Rodney wide campaign was mounted to raise the $7million required to develop a purpose built facility for Hibiscus Hospice at John Dee Crescent Red Beach. Construction was completed in less than 3 years, after a mammoth undertaking made possible by a visionary few and the remarkable generosity of a great many local people, businesses and community organisations.
Since 2007 our palliative care team of nurses, medical specialists and counsellors have operated their at-home care, day group programmes and outpatient clinics from the new building.
In 2009, our attention turned to the achievement of Ministry of Health certification, funding; staffing and fit out necessary for an In Patient Unit, and the long held dream was realised when the unit opened its doors on September 28. Our In Patient Unit is a 6-bed, 24/7 short stay facility, designed to provide specialist symptom and pain management, care during last days of life, or respite care to give caregivers a break.
Also in 2009, Hibiscus Coast Hospice changed its name to Hibiscus Hospice to better reflect the geographic spread of the organisation’s service, which encompasses the area Puhoi south to Redvale and Army Bay west to Kaukapakapa, - home to some 70,000 residents.
Today, we have on average 100 patients whom we care for and support in our community.
The majority of our service is provided in the home, where we work alongside a patient’s own doctor and other healthcare professionals to help patients and their families live every moment as actively as possible.