Dove Hospice

The Dove model of care means caring for people from the moment they are diagnosed with a life threatening illness through to end of life or into wellness. Unlike other hospices we support people who have a terminal prognosis and those who expect full recovery, ‘bridging the gap’ between diagnosis and end of life, or diagnosis and wellness. The ‘gap’ between can be months, even years, when the effects of illness and treatment are life changing. Currently there is no other service doing this.

Dove House is our day facility where we deliver therapies and programmes. This care is drawn from a range of integrative body therapies, emotional and spiritual support, medical and nursing advice, group work and informative forums. Patients tell us they experience a safe place of healing and relief from anxiety while navigating the experience of serious illness.

Dove Wing is our 24hour care unit for respite and end of life care. Collaboration is a key feature of the care at Dove House and Dove Wing. As a non-medical model, with a focus on holistic well-being, we support and complement services provided by the specialist hospices and in turn we are supported and complemented by them. The Clinical Team also works closely with other support agencies like St Andrews Residential Care, Cancer Society, Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand, Melanoma New Zealand, Sweet Louise and the Grief Centre to ensure the effective use of resources and skills and wraparound support for patients and families.

Care is focused on people finding a sense of holistic well-being while facing the challenges that life threatening illness brings. Dove Hospice is a standalone, registered charitable trust. Our model of care falls outside traditional government funding so we rely totally on the gift of time from volunteers, the gift of product to our six Dove Hospice Shops, fundraising, grants, bequests and donations. This support means we provide over 5,000 individual treatments and 1,000 inpatient care days every year, helping and caring for people at varying points on their journey with life threatening illness.