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  • Alzheimer’s Society Manawatu

    Alzheimers Society Napier holds the following community support groups:

    Memory Cafè is held monthly. This is an opportunity for people with dementia and their families to have a coffee and a muffin with friends in an understanding environment.

    Care and Share is held on the last Tuesday of the month for the care-partners of people with dementia, where aspects of caring can be discussed in an extremely supportive and understanding environment. Education is a focus.

    Contact Us:

    Kate Kerr (06) 834 0417 or 0-800-004 001
    1 Wilding Avenue, Marewa, Napier 4110
    Email napier@alzheimers.org.nz

  • Alzheimers Society Napier

    Alzheimers Society Napier holds the following community support groups:

    • Memory Cafè is held monthly. This is an opportunity for people with dementia and their families to have a coffee and a muffin with friends in an understanding environment.
    • Care and Share is held on the last Tuesday of the month for the care-partners of people with dementia, where aspects of caring can be discussed in an extremely supportive and understanding environment. Education is a focus.
    • Friends Club meets six weekly and provides support and companionship for the recently bereaved.
    • Kids Club is held every quarter and is an informal get together to learn a little about what to expect when you have a family member with Alzheimers, dementia or memory loss. It’s also a time to meet with other ‘kids’ in a similar position to yourself.
    • Sing-a-long is held monthly. It is an afternoon of laughter and singing the old-time songs.

    Contact Pam Roche 06 834 0417 or 0800 004 001
    Alzheimers Napier
    46 Nelson Crescent, PO Box 4084, Marewa
    Email napier@alzheimers.org.nz

  • Alzheimers Society Northland

    Alzheimers Societies are a place of learning and support for those who have friends or family who suffer from dementia. This may be from the level of short-term memory loss that is challenging their lives and the lives of those they commune with, to all the stages of Alzheimers disease and any other dementia.

    Visiting speakers often attend; ranging from WINZ representatives speaking on benefit changes, to St John speaking about their LifeLink service.

    Meet: On enquiry.

    Alzheimers Society Northland also run a Café Club for people in the early stages of dementia, which is an opportunity to meet for a coffee with others who are on the same journey.

    Contact: Nora Leef-Smith (Maori Focus Worker) 0273 921 220, or you can phone the Kaitaia Office 09 408 1123 or Kerikeri Office 09 407 3010.

    Email: kaitaia@alzheimers.org.nz

  • Alzheimers Taranaki – New Plymouth Women’s Carer Support Group

    Alzheimers Taranaki – New Plymouth Women’s Carer Support Group is a friendly support group for women who are caring for someone with dementia.  Each session covers a particular topic with a different guest speaker.

    Meet: The last Wednesday of each month at 10am
    Where: St Mary’s Cathedral lounge, Vivian Street, New Plymouth

    Contact Us

    Anne Fletcher, Field Worker
    Phone: (06) 758 3683
    Email: alzheimers.taranaki@xtra.co.nz

  • Alzheimers Wellington

    Alzheimers Wellington provides information, ongoing support, advice, education and personal advocacy for people with dementia, their carers, family and whanau.

    Our Dementia Advisors are available for anyone affected by dementia in the Wellington City, Porirua, Hutt Valley, Kapiti Coast.

     

    Free Phone: Client services enquiries: 0800 004 001

    Phone: Office Manager: 04 972 2595

    Fax Number: 04 938-0113

    Physical Address: 55 Hutt Road Petone Wellington 5012

    Postal Address: PO Box 39393 Wellington Mail Centre Lower Hutt 5045

    Contact Email: admin@wellingtonalzheimers.co.nz

    Website: www.alzheimers.org.nz/regions/wellington

  • Auckland DHB

    Te Whare Awhina (ADHB) is the whanau-family accommodation service located at the Grafton site. Preference for this accommodation is given to whanau-family members who have travelled to Auckland from other regions. Accommodation is available for family members and support members coming through with a patient.

    For people residing within the Auckland DHB boundaries, the accommodation cost is $10.00 per person, per night.

     

    Contact:

    09 307 4949 ext 25830.
    www.adhb.govt.nz/

  • Bay of Plenty DHB

    Tauranga Hospital Te Whanau house

    Te Whanau houses are available through Kai Awhina by phoning 0-7-579 8000 ext 8737.

    Whakatane Hospital’s Rangimarie Room is available for family use when someone is in hospital or requires treatment. Use of the Rangimarie Room can be organised through the Duty Manager via the main switchboard on 0-7-306 0999. A koha is appreciated to assist with running costs. There is a key bond of $2 which is refundable on departure.

    If the hospital patient is a child, one parent or carer can be accommodated at the bedside in the ward. Breastfeeding mothers are always accommodated when their baby is in the Special Care Baby Unit.

    Contact Us:
    www.bopdhb.govt.nz

  • Blue Star taxis

    Blue Star taxis are now operating five wheelchair vans in Invercargill.

    Whenever possible please book in advance for this service as this helps not only to plan their day, but also ensures people arrive at appointments on time.

    All Blue Star taxis are fitted with EFTPOS machines.

    Contact:

    03 217 7777 for further information.

    www.bluestartaxis.co.nz”
    Blue Star (Invercargill only) and Blue Bubble(NZ wide) Taxis both offer the same services.
    158 Tay Street, Invercargill 9810

  • Cancer Society

    The Cancer Society supports accommodation facilities in all major treatment centres throughout New Zealand.

    Accommodation is provided in Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Reservations are essential.

    Accommodation can be booked through your cancer health team.

    Contact: 0800 226 237
    www.cancernz.org.nz

  • Canterbury DHB

    Ranui House is available to all out of town patients and their families who are attending any hospital in Christchurch. Patients from all hospital departments can stay at Ranui House, which is owned and operated by the Bone Marrow Cancer Trust.

    Families can live at Ranui while the patient is in hospital, and children are able to attend local schools. If patients are well enough they are able to spend time with their families at Ranui, returning to hospital for treatment when required.

    Patients who are having outpatient treatments (i.e. home dialysis, radiotherapy and even some bone marrow transplants) can stay at Ranui while receiving treatment, with daily visits to the hospital.

    Enquiries can be directed to the office.

    Contact:

    www.bmct.org.nz
    www.cdhb.govt.nz

    Ranui House
    Bone Marrow Cancer Trust
    PO Box 8339
    1 Cambridge Terrace
    Christchurch 8013

    Phone: (03) 377 2515
    Fax: (03) 377 2511
    Email: info@bmct.org.nz

  • Canterbury West Coast Division of the Cancer Society

    Canterbury West Coast Division of the Cancer Society
    The Canterbury West Coast Division offer meetings and gatherings for those who have had a cancer diagnosis. Family members are welcome to attend.
    The Cancer Society offers a Carers group – A group for partners, family/whanau and friends who meet reguarly for support and education.

    Venue: Cancer Society office; 97 Fitzgerald avenue, Christchurch.

    Contact:

    Phone: 03 379 5835 (Groups Co-ordinator)
    Email: contact@cancercwc.org.nz

  • Capital and Coast DHB

    The Capital and Coast DHB manages funding and oversees services for the Wellington Region. Accommodation options include:

    Limited accommodation is available at the Riddiford Street Hostel (Wellington Hospital) for people who are supporting extended stay hospital patients. Riddiford Street Hostel is the former Nurses Home and has single rooms and shared kitchen/bathroom facilities. It is not suitable for young children as it is situated on the 6th floor of the building.
    Cost: $30 per night per person, or $150 per week.
    Contact: 04 385 5362 until 6pm Monday to Friday, and limited weekend hours.

    Te Pehi Parata Whanau Whare, a kaupapa Maori service for family and whanau who travel from outside the Wellington region. The Whare is available to all families although preference is given to those who have a patient in the Intensive Care Unit. The Whare consists of four bedrooms which can sleep three to four people, and has wheelchair access and coin-operated laundry facilities. It is also available for patients who require a night’s accommodation prior to an early morning hospital appointment.
    Cost $30 per night per room (a $10 refundable key bond applies) and there is a maximum stay of five nights. After the fifth night the stay is negotiable and is available on a day by day basis, depending on your family member’s condition.
    Contact: 04 385 5956.

    Margaret Stewart House is primarily for out of town (MoH criteria) patients who are undergoing cancer or renal treatment. You will need to pre-book. There is limited space for a support person. Charges on request. Office hours are 8am – 4.30pm.
    Contact: 04 380 0300.
    www.ccdhb.org.nz

  • Capital and Coast DHB – shuttle services

    Shuttle Services
    The shuttle van service runs every hour on weekdays, with the first shuttles departing simultaneously from both sites at 7.00am. Departures continue each hour on the hour, with the final departure at 6.00pm. Vans have ‘Wellington-Kenepuru Shuttle Service’ written on the sides.
    The shuttle does not operate on weekends or public holidays. Reduced schedules operate over the Christmas / New Year peak holiday period – call Shuttle bookings on (04) 806-2708.

     

    Departure Points
    Kenepuru: Main public entrance to Accident and Medical Clinic
    Wellington: Main public entrance to Wellington Regional Hospital.

     

    Bookings

    Please make a booking, preferably at least one hour before you intend to travel. This can be done by telephone during the hours of 07:30am to 16:30pm, Monday to Friday. For travel in both directions, call Shuttle bookings on (04) 806-2708.
    Please note that space on the shuttle is limited and patients will always have priority.
    To ensure the correct information is entered please have ready the following details: to and from, date, time, first name and surname, patient, visitor or staff. Please ensure you bring a copy of your appointment letter for display on request.
    If insufficient seats are available, seats will be allocated according to the following priorities;

    1. Patients / outpatients travelling to / from appointments
    2. Relatives / caregivers / visitors of patients / outpatients
    3. On-duty staff travelling to clinics / meetings

     

    Travel Times
    Travel time is usually around 30 minutes, but can be up to 45 minutes as collections and deliveries are often made during the run. We suggest that staff using the shuttle to travel to meetings arrange for them to be scheduled for 15 minutes before the hour, or on the hour. Departure times are set on the hour every hour and cannot deviate; please ensure you are ready for collection at the departure points.

     

    Enquiries
    If you require further information, please contact the CCDHB Transport Office, 385-5999 x82708.

    shuttlebooking@ccdhb.org.nz

  • Carers Society Otago

    Carers’ Society Otago, Community House, 301 Moray Place, Dunedin.

    Dunedin – Monthly meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month from 1:30 – 3 pm in the Alexander McMillan Room of Community House, 301 Moray Place, Dunedin. There is usually a speaker or workshop and an afternoon tea. These meetings run from February to November.

    Dunedin Walking Group – This group meets at 10 am every fourth Tuesday at a designated venue for a cuppa and a chat followed by a walk. This group runs from February to November.

    Mosgiel Walking Group – This group meets at 10 am every third Friday in the foyer of the Mosgiel Public Library at Hartstonge Avenue, Mosgiel. We have a cuppa and a chat followed by a walk. This group runs from February to November.

    South Otago – Monthly meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 7 pm in the Brian Dodds Room of Clutha Health First, 3-7 Charlotte St, Balclutha. There is usually a speaker or workshop with supper to follow. These meetings run from March to November.

    North Otago – Monthly meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 2 pm in Weston Community Church, Weston. There is usually a speaker or workshop followed by afternoon tea. These meetings run in March, April, May and in September, October, November.

    Central Otago – Monthly meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month at 2pm in Alexandra Community House, Centennial Avenue, Alexandra. There is usually a speaker or workshop followed by afternoon tea. These meetings run in March, April, May and in September, October, November.

    Milton – This group meets occasionally for a cuppa at a chat at the discretion of the Carers’ Society.

    Young Carers – This group meets on the third Thursday of every month at from 5:30 – 7:30pm at 186 Macandrew Road, South Dunedin. An evening meal is provided followed by a speaker or an activity. This group supports Young Carers up to the age of 18 and is run by Carers’ Society Otago in conjunction with Presbyterian Support Otago. The meetings run from February to November.

    Contact Us:
    Susan, or Anneloes, at Carers’ Society Otago (03) 471 6204.
    For information about the Young Carers Group please contact Susan (03) 471 6204, or Judy (03) 477 7115.
    http://www. carersotago.org.nz/

  • Caring 4 Carers Support Group

    This is a group in Timaru that offers support for anyone who cares for somebody, of any age, with any health condition. Caring 4 Carers has an informal meeting on the third Thursday of each month, and often there will be a guest speaker, chosen by the carers. This is the perfect opportunity for carers to make new friends, share their experiences, and seek advice.

    Meet: The Third Thursday of each month

    Contact Us:
    Margerie Gould (03) 687 7370 or (022) 685 8093 or Alison (03)684 3140
    Caring For Carers Inc, South Canterbury, PO Box 983, Timaru 7940
    Email: cfc2010@xtra.co.nz
    www.caringforcarers.org.nz

  • Caring for Carers Canterbury

    Caring for Carers offers support to carers of a family member or friend with a mental, intellectual illness by providing a listening ear, a chance to offload, problem-solving techniques and self care advice, advocacy and education.

    Contact 03 377 8426 Alecia Todd or Jude Frazer
    Email caringforcarers@xtra.co.nz
    www.caringforcarers.org.nz

    Christchurch:
    Meet: 2nd Thursday of the month for coffee mornings
    Venue: various Malls, carers are advised of location each month via newsletter or by phoning the office.
    Rangoria:
    Meet: 4th Wednesday of the month for coffee mornings
    Venue: John Knox church, corner of High and King Streets, Rangiora.

    Christchurch Office
    56 Shirley Road (near The Palms Shopping mall)
    PO Box 35332
    Christchurch, New Zealand
    Ph: 03 386 1863
    Email: caringforcarers@xtra.co.nz

    Timaru Office
    Community House, 27-29 Strathallen Street
    PO Box 983
    Timaru, New Zealand
    Ph: 03 687 7370
    Email: cfc2010@xtra.co.nz

  • Caring for Carers East Coast

    Caring for Carers offers support to family carers who provide care to an adult or child with a serious illness, learning disorder or disability. Their service includes monthly get togethers, quaterly newsletters and a website. Caring for Carers provide a caring and confidential environment for carers to discuss their experiences, socialise, share information and offer each other support, as well as speakers and activities, depending on carers’ needs and interests.

    Support meetings are held in Taradale and Gisborne. Refer to their website http://www.caringforcarersec.co.nz/ for detailed information about meeting dates and times.
    For any other information about their service please call 06 844 1751 – Rebekah

    HAWKES BAY CARERS:
    Please feel free to contact Rebekah for information on 06 844 1751
    You can also e-mail us at: info@caringforcarersec.co.nz

  • Cleft Lip & Palate Support Group – Coffee Group

    Cleft New Zealand provides information, resources, advocacy and emotional support to enable families to best meet the needs of their child born with a cleft lip and/or palate.

    We run many events around the country. To find out what’s happening in your area, please contact 0800 425 338.

    Cleft New Zealand Inc
    PO Box 13385, Onehunga, Auckland
    Nationwide freephone: 0800 4 CLEFT (0800 425 338)
    FaceIt on Facebook! www.facebook.com/faceitnz
    Email: info@cleft.org.nz

  • Complex Care Group

    Complex Care Group offers specific support for carers, by carers, who understand your needs. Complex Care Group has a networking directory that is shared with other families within the group, and they also have a direct link to the Ministry of Health.

    Contact Us:
    Jan Moss: 0800 852 693, or (09) 443 5786, or (021) 304 244
    PO Box 334073, Sunnynook, Auckland 0743
    Email: complexcarers@xtra.co.nz
    www.complexcaregroup.org.nz

  • Connect with other carers in your area!

    Do you feel lonely or isolated in your caring role? Would you like to connect with other carers in your area?

    Simply email centre@carers.net.nz or call 0800 777 797 to be referred to local carer networks.

  • Counties Manukau DHB

    Manukau Superclinic Free Bus Service

    Free Patient Bus services: There are two free bus services offered for patients to attend their appointments at Manukau SuperClinicTM/Manukau Surgery Centre. These bus services are run by volunteers between Monday and Friday (not including public holidays).

    Both buses depart from Manukau SuperClinic, but follow different routes to and from the SuperClinic. One bus makes stops in Otara and Mangere and also has a stop at Middlemore Hospital, whilst the other bus follows a route through Manurewa, Papakura, Takanini and Clendon to the SuperClinic. Unfortunately no home pick ups or drop offs can be made for either service.
    Both buses leave Manukau SuperClinic around 8am every week day (not including public holidays) picking up patients waiting at any of the specified stops and return to the SuperClinic around 9am. The buses then depart again and repeat their routes by departing and arriving hourly. The final run returns patients to their stops at 3:15pm and 4:15pm.

    The timetables for both the free bus services can be found on Healthpoint’s website at http://www.healthpoint.co.nz/default,3764.sm#downloads.

    Any queries about these free bus services, contact CMDHB’s Call Centre 09 277 1660.

    The call centre is open to receive calls between 8.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday, thereafter dial Middlemore Hospital on 09-276-0000.

    Private shuttle service

    Fare paying shuttle buses for Manukau’s Eastern suburbs residents Manukau East Patient Transport Service is open to all of the community and is a very cost-effective way to travel to Middlemore Hospital and the Manukau SuperClinic. This is a door-to- door shuttle bus service. Patients and a person accompanying the patient may use the bus.
    Cost: The total fare for return trip is $10 for patients with a Community Services Card – conditions apply.
    $10 for one accompanying adult
    $20 for patients without a Community Services Card
    Free to patients under 14 years
    Free for up to two children under 14 years accompanying a paying adult patient.

    Bookings: To make a booking call 0800 637 284 or dial. Please make bookings at least 48 hours in advance – Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm.

    Cancellations: Not less than 24 hours before pick-up time. A late cancellations may incur fees. A late booking fee of $5 applies to all bookings made less than 24 hours in advance and is at the companies discretion.

    For more information visit www.mecoss.org.nz

    No wheelchair access – patients must be able to enter and exit the vehicle independantly
    Postal Address:  PO Box 39 318, Howick 2145
    Physical Address:  30 Cook Street, Howick

  • Counties Manukau DHB – Short Term Accommodation

    Short term emergency accommodation is available at Te Whare Rapuora, located at the Western Campus, Building 38, Orakau Road, Middlemore Hospital. Access is by car through Orakau Rd off Grays Avenue. Access on foot is over the railway bridge from the hospital.

    Short-term, emergency, open plan shared-style accommodation (maximum 8 occupants). Book 8am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday. After hours access (including weekends and public holidays) can be arranged through daily operations manager. It is a drug, smoke and alcohol free facility, which also applies to all hospital grounds. Long-term stayers will be reviewed every 5 working days.

    Accommodation is provided on a koha (donation) basis. Linen is provided but you will need to supply your own blankets and personal hygiene items. There is a $20 fee required for the swipe card deposit which is refunded when you return the swipe card.

    Criteria for Access To support critically or terminally ill hospital patients. Priority will be given to individuals and their families who live outside the greater Auckland region. Available for persons 14 years and over (two persons per whanau only).
    ID is required (driver’s licence, passport or other photo ID; a copy will be made and kept with the registration form). Only whanau members recorded on the registration form can stay in the emergency accommodation.

    Contact Us:
    Nathan Beckham (09) 276 0138 for more information
    www.cmdhb.org.nz

  • Counties Manukau Special Needs Support Group

    Do you have a child with special needs?
    Do you live in Auckland?
    Are you interested in going along to a relaxed morning tea/support group with other parents of children with special needs?

    South Auckland Special Needs Support Group meet once a month at P.A.C.T. (Papatoetoe Adolescent Christian Trust), 311 Great South Road, Papatoetoe.

    Come along and meet other families with special needs children and enjoy a coffee and chat.

    If you are interested, please phone or text Marlene on 021 120 3235 for more information, or email kidzclan@clear.net.nz

  • Disability Connect

    Disability Connect supports parents and families of disabled children and young people.

    Contact Us:
    Disability Connect (Parent & Family Resource Centre Inc. trading as Disability Connect)
    Phone (09) 636 0351
    admin@disabilityconnect.org.nz
    www.disabilityconnect.org.nz

  • Disabled Persons Assembly Tairawhiti (DPA)

    DPA promotes:

    NOTHING ABOUT US WITHOUT US

    Disabled Persons Assembly (DPA) is a national group in New Zealand. Our Disabled Persons Assembly (DPA) Tairawhiti is a community group in Gisborne New Zealand.

    We are a collective voice of all people with a disability in New Zealand based on the principles of human rights and equal value of life.

    People with disability have the right to:

    • equality and participation
    • dignity and respect
    • make informed choices
    • live as we choose with appropriate support
    • influence and shape policy at all levels
    • barriers removed for everyday living

    Contact 06 862 5538
    www.dpa.org.nz

  • Driving Miss Daisy

    Driving Miss Daisy is a companion driving service with franchises in many parts of NZ.

    You can use Driving Miss Daisy for:

    • medical appointments
    • personal grooming appointments
    • social engagements
    • grocery shopping
    • general shopping
    • scenic drives
    • airport drop offs and pick ups
    • after school activities – sports, music or dance lessons.

    Contact: 0800 948 4320800 948 432 or visit the website to find out if a franchise is operating in your area.

    Contact Us:
    Freephone: 0800 948 432
    Website: www.drivingmissdaisy.co.nz

  • Elder Family Matters

    Elder Family Matters has assisted older people, and their Carers in the wider Wellington region (including Hutt Valley, Porirua Basin, Kapiti Coast, and Wairarapa)
    for 14 years so they can choose to continue living in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes.
    One way Elder Family Matters does this is by assisting the elderly with the transport to social activities, appointments, shopping, and scenic drives thus enabling primary Carers to have a break.
    Elder Family Matters team includes a full range of Carers (e.g. highly experienced carers, registered nurses, enrolled nurses, occupational therapists, and physiotherapists).

    Contact: 0800 321 789 or visit www.elderfamilymatters.co.nz

    Elder Family Matters Limited

    Postal Address:
    Po Box 56-063
    Tawa
    Wellington 5249

    Physical Address:
    4 Oxford Street
    Tawa
    Wellington 5028

    Care Manager – Wellington
    Cilla McClay-Talivai RN
    Free phone: 0800 321 789 press 2 at the call prompt
    Email: cilla@elderfamilymatters.co.nz

    Area Manager – Kapiti
    Ann Schwass
    Free phone: 0800 321 789 press 4 at the call prompt
    Email: ann@elderfamilymatters.co.nz

    Office Manager
    Laurie McKee
    Free phone: 0800 321 789 press 5 at the call prompt
    Email: laurie@elderfamilymatters.co.nz

    Memory Loss and Dementia Care Service
    Cilla McClay-Talivai RN
    Free phone: 0800 321 789 press 2 at the call prompt
    Email: cilla@elderfamilymatters.co.nz

  • Emmanuel Cottage – Waipu

    Emmanuel Collage is located on Massey Road, approximately 6km from the main township of Waipu in Northland. Situated on 900 acres of working farmland and native bush this is the perfect place for your well deserved R&R. Enjoy the peacefulness of the farm while you take in the picturesque views of the sea and out to Whangarei Heads.

    The cottage itself is two storied; the ground floor containing the kitchen, washing/bathroom facilities and bedroom with comfortable double bed. Upstairs the mezzanine floor is open plan with 8 single beds. The people who stay there are on their own and need to bring their own food and linen.

    Emmanuel is “rent free” although you are welcome to give a donation of $10 per night to cover expenses. The cottage is available to all who would like some quiet time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life; but bear in mind that the maximum stay is 2 weeks!! Come to Emmanuel and do nothing but rest, relax and recharge your batteries.

    Contact Us:
    Bruce and Helen Matheson
    Phone (09)432 0239
    Email: bhmatheson@xtra.co.nz

  • Epilepsy NZ – Canterbury/West Coast Branch

    Epilepsy New Zealand provides support for those living with Epilepsy and awareness for those around them. Trained field officers offer support and epilepsy education to people with epilepsy, their families and whanau.

    Epilepsy New Zealand runs a weekly support group for people with epilepsy and their families, carers or supporters. Guest speakers include Work and Income representatives, St John, Neighbourhood Support and more. On alternate Thursday’s the group has an outing in the community.

    Meet: every Thursday at 1.30pm
    Venue: Community House, 141 Hereford Street

    Contact Us:
    Address: Epilepsy NZ, PO Box 7104, Sydenham, Christchurch, 8240
    Contact: 0800 EPILEPSY
    Email: canterbury.westcoast@epilepsy.org.nz

  • Erskine Holiday Home

    The Southland Multiple Sclerosis Society Erskine Holiday Home is located at 106 McBridge strett, Frankton. Close to the main road, bus services, airport hospital and supermarket, it offers beautiful views of Lake Wakatipu, and the surrounding mountains. Located about 1km from the main shopping centre, most facilities are located within easy walking distance, including a post office and chemist.
    The Holiday Home offers 1 double room and two rooms fitted with twin beds, a large warm lounge and conservatory, as well as a large kitchen, dining area and accessible shower and toilet. Passageways within the house are wide to facilitate wheelchair use.
    The Lake District hospital is located close by offering a nursing service Monday to Friday every week (Arranging the service in advance is recommended). Assistance with personal care can be organised with Home Support providers nearby. See our office for contact numbers.
    If any problems do happen to arise, please contact
    Diana Ball, Queenstown
    PH: (03) 442 3210
    If any items are damaged or broken during your stay, please contact Mrs Ball or the MS Centre, Invercargill.
    Cleaning can be organised with MRS Ball upon arrival, but is necessary as often new occupants will arrive on the same day. The cleaning service will have $20.00 fee, payable to Mrs Ball.
    The Holiday Home is reserved during School and Public holidays for MS society members, however they welcome enquires in case these, or other slots are not booked throughout the year. From Christmas to Easter rental periods are generally limited to a week or less, however in off peak times periods of up to a fortnight can be arranged.
    An automatic washing machine and close drier is located on site for use.
    Other equipment and furnishings include a fridge, freezer, electric range, microwave, Colour TV and Video (with remote), telephone, Manual wheelchair, Shower chair, Commode, Walking Frame, 3 Single beds, a Queen size bed and 1 electric hospital bed. A second colour TV is also available in the main bedroom.
    A 1.90m high carport is available for occupant use.
    Cost:
    MS persons or other disabled people from outside Southland – $25 per night, Carer – $10 per night.
    MS Southland members – $20 per night, Carer – $10 per night
    All other adults – $95 per night
    Children stay for free
    A deposit of $20 is required, and will be deducted from the final payment.

  • Feilding St John Shuttle Service

    St John Health Shuttle Feilding
    Health Shuttle Service covering the Manawatu area, providing transport services for patients to attend medical appointments.

    Cost: Donation
    Address: Bowen Street, Feilding

    Contact Us:
    Phone: (06) 323 5655
    Email: stjohnfeilding@xtra.co.nz
    Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8.30-2.30pm

  • Gwenda Gleeson – Opotiki

    Gwenda is 63-years-old and a grandmother to nine grandchildren. Gwenda is a widow and would like someone who is willing to take time to visit her at home; as an amputee she is unable to drive herself.

    Contact Us:
    Email: gwenda@slingshot.co.nz
    Skype: gwenda.gleeson1
    Phone: 0-7-315 5265 or 0-27-283 8717

  • Harmony Hours Healing Retreat

    Harmony Hours is a quality “Time Out” facility. Their speciality is to provide an individual experience in relaxation and restoration for the body, mind and soul.

     

    Situated 20 minutes west of Hamilton at Te Pahu, Harmony Hours Healing Retreat offers 360 degree views of green Waikato countryside, farmland, bush and Mount Pirongia. Enjoy the evening views while soaking in the hydrotherapy pool on your own balcony.

     

    Harmony Hours Healing Retreat sits on 2 acres of land, which you are welcome to enjoy. The property has gardens, veges, flowers, and a few sheep. Seasonal vegetables from the garden form the basis of home-cooked meals. Meals can be served in your own room or with the hosts. An orchard and young native trees also complement the property.

     

    Cost: Bed and Breakfast is $150 for a couple (or 2 people for B&B per night), or $100 per night for a single person.

     

    There is also a 24 hour retreat package available.

     

    Mention that you saw the information for Harmony Hours on the Carers Air New Zealand website to get a 10% discount.

     

    You can find Harmony Hours Healing Retreat at 1385 Te Pahu Road, RD 5, Hamilton

     

    Contact:

    Chrystene Hansen (07) 825 9877

    Chrystene is a registered NZ nurse and offers various complementary therapies, including healing massage and reflexology.

    www.harmonyhours.co.nz

  • Hawkes Bay DHB

    Mihiroa Whānau Accommodation Kaupapa is based on the principle of “manaaki-atu, manaaki mai,”

    Manaakitanga
    is the ability and willingness to share in a reciprocal and caring way.

    WHAKAARO RANGATIRA
    We ask that you treat Mihiroa Whānau Accommodation with the respect. Listed below are a number of suggestions that will enable the smooth running of the whānau and will cause little disruption to the whānau and to those services that are based there.

    All parts of the premises are to be kept clean and tidy at all times. This includes the bedrooms, ablution block, laundry room, kitchen, dining room and TV room.

    Children must be supervised by an adult including inside Mihiroa Whānau Accommodation and on the hospital grounds. Children are not to be left alone in the accommodation service at any time under no circumstance. This is for everyone’s safety and security.

    NGA AHUATANGA TAPU
    Animals are not permitted in Mihiroa Whānau Accommodation or any DHB property at all times.

    The use of and under the influence of alcohol and illegal drugs is strictly forbidden. Any persons found to be contravening this will be immediately evicted from Mihiroa Whānau Accommodation and will be closely monitored for future bookings.

    Gang patches or other such regalia are not to be worn on the premise of Mihiroa Whānau Accommodation.

    Hawkes Bay DHB is smoke free. Smoking on the premises is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated by Maori Health Staff. A smoke free advisor is available at the Maori Health Service who is able to supply whanau with Patches, Gum and advice and support whilst staying at the accommodation service. Zero tolerance means whanau will be required to vacate the accommodation service immediately if found to be smoking in or on the property.

    MANAAKITANGA
    Manaaki-atu includes:
    Private and secure sleeping accommodation for whānau of patients and/or patients in hospital
    Cooking facilities with refrigerator and freezer, microwave, toaster, zip water heater, crockery and cutlery. (You will be required to provide your own food)
    Laundry facilities including dryer (coin operated)
    TV Lounge and separate dining rooms
    Bed linen and towels provided (excluding blankets)
    Personal support from Maori Health Kaitakawaenga (liaison)
    Security escort to/from Whanau Accommodation at night

    MANAAKI MAI
    Putea Awhina
    Refundable $20 bond The $20 Bond will be forfeited for any items are misplaced, lost or damaged.
    $10 per adult per night
    Children 16 years and under are FREE
    NO EFTPOS available Cash ONLY

    Patients may qualify for support from the Ministry of Health Travel and Accommodation Assistance fund. Our administration team may be able to assist with applying for this.

    Contact Us:
    Bookings can be made during business hours by contacting 0800 333 671

    BUSINESS HOURS
    Monday to Friday from 8:00am – 5:00pm

    AFTER HOURS Bookings and Enquiries
    Kaitakawaenga (Māori Liaison)
    Monday to Friday 16:30hrs – 23:00hrs
    Phone: (06) 878 8109 DHB Main Call Centre
    Extension: 5788
    Pager: 3027
    Email: admin.maorihealth@hbdhb.govt.nz

    Accommodation enquiries between 11:30pm and 8:00am are to be referred to the Duty Manager.

  • Home of Compassion

    The Home of Compassion in Island Bay, offers disability friendly accommodation and meeting facilities for people who would like a quiet place to stay, who have been caring for others, are supporting someone in hospital, or just need space for reflection and self-renewal.

    Its facilities are available for small groups for retreat (day stay, or live in), seminars or conferences, or celebration of family events.

     

    Contact: (04)  383 7769

    Our Lady’s Home of Compassion, Wellington
    The Accommodation Manager
    Home of Compassion
    2 Rhine Street (off Murray St)
    Island Bay
    Wellington 6023
    New Zealand

    Ph: (04) 383 7769

    Email: islandbay@compassion.org.nz

    All contact information for the Sisters of Compassion is listed below.

    Mission Office
    Home of Compassion
    2 Rhine Street (off Murray St)
    Island Bay
    Wellington 6023
    New Zealand

    Ph: (04) 383 7134
    Fax: (04) 383 6675

    Email: mission@compassion.org.nz

    Leadership Team
    General Administration Offices
    Home of Compassion
    2 Rhine Street (off Murray St)
    Island Bay
    Wellington 6023
    New Zealand

    Ph: (04) 383 7134
    Fax: (04) 383 6675

    Email: leadership.team@compassion.org.nz

    Compassion Company
    Sisters of Compassion Limited
    PO Box 1474
    Wellington 6140
    New Zealand

    Email: gerard.m@compassion.org.nz

  • Horowhenua Breathe Easy Support Group

    The Horowhenua Breathe Easy Support Group supports people and their carers in all respiratory problems.

    Meet: 4th Thursday of each month, 10.15am
    Venue: Hudson Room, Levin Cosmopolitan Club, Oxford Street, Levin

    Contact Us:
    Wally Dyson ph. (06) 368 8981
    Daphne Barrett ph. (06)368 8189

  • Hospice Taranaki

    A support group for carers is held at Hospice Taranaki twice each year. This is a closed group which runs for 6 weeks, and there are usually between 6- 10 participants.

    Anyone who is family member or friend of someone under hospice care is eligible to attend. There are several guest speakers, including a social worker, an occupational therapist, a palliative care doctor and a funereal director. As well as the topics covered by these speakers, there is also time to share and reflect on how it is to be the carer of someone who is terminally ill. The groups run for 1.5 hours and include morning tea.

    Meet: Twice a year
    Venue: Hospice Taranaki

    Contact Us:
    Phone: (06) 753 7830
    Email: Jane.wollard@hospicetaranaki.org.nz

  • How to find a doctor or mental health professional

    If you feel unwell your best starting point is usually your General Health Practitioner (your family doctor) (GP).  GPs are trained to assess, treat and manage many mental health issues within primary care (the community rather than in a hospital). Your GP can refer you to your local community mental health service or elsewhere if needed. or they may be able to manage your illness themselves.

    If you need help to find a doctor or mental health professional there are websites with lists of resources:

    • The Mental Health Foundation – Find a GP or counsellor
    • Most of the universities, polytechnics and even private providers offer free counselling for their students. Check their websites for details.
    • Barnardos New Zealand provides child and family services in communities around the country – Find a service
    • The Family Services Directory lists organisations in your area that can help.
  • Hutt Valley DHB

    A Whanau whare is available on campus for the families of patients who are from outside the wellington and wish to remain close to their family members in the hospital. Small charges apply, and are based on the number of families wishing to stay in the house on a per night basis.
    Contact: Orderly Service 04 566 6999 ext 8222
    www.huttvalleydhb.org.nz

    Ian McPherson
    Acting Chief Executive, Wairarapa DHB and Hutt Valley DHB
    Email: ceo@huttvalleydhb.org.nz

    Media Enquiries: After Hours Ph:04 806 2790
    For all media enquiries please contact:
    Jill Stringer, Communications Manager – Mobile: 027 273 1154 Email: jill.stringer@huttvalleydhb.org.nz
    Jan McLaren, Communications Advisor – Mobile: 027 273 1237 Email jan.mclaren@wairarapa.dhb.org.nz (Wairarapa)
    Catherine Sands-Wearing, Senior Communications Advisor – Mobile: 027 743 03519 Email: catherine.sands-wearing@dhb.org.nz

  • Kapiti Retirement Trust – Sevenoaks-Midlands Gardens

    Kapiti Retirement Trust (KRT) provide the five dedicated respite beds for Capital and Coast DHB in the Matai Wing.

    Based on the Kapiti Coast we have clients accessing our respite service from the DHB region.

    The beds can be pre booked for at least six months ahead to enable a carer to book a break, whether it be at home or away from home.

    This allows a carer to book a holiday and be able to have sure knowledge that a bed is available for their loved one.

    Contact details:
    Clinical Administrator
    Email: respite@retirekapiti.co.nz
    Phone: (04) 297 0116
    Fax: (04) 297 0985

  • Lakes DHB

    Paimarie housing units are available for those who live outside the central Rotorua area.

    It provides emergency accomodation for family members of critically ill patients staying at Rotorua Hospital.
    The units are basic but is lovely and well cared for, and conveniently located only on hospital grounds, overlooking Kuirau park.
    There are 5 motel-like units (4 smaller units that can sleep up to 4 adults, and 1 larger units that can sleep up to 8). All units have Basic cooking and bathroom facilities.
    For short term accomodation, units can be booked for 10 dollars per room for first 2 nights a relation is in hospital. This increases to 40 dollars per night per unit after these first two nights.
    Arranged bookings start at 40 dollars per room per night and can be for up to 8 people. Some people will qualify for NZ travelling allowance to subsidise this cost if they have travelled more than 100km and have a community services card.
    Please note that all Lakes DHB sites are smokefree. Alcohol or illegal drugs are not permitted anywhere on site, or in Paimarie.
    If Paimarie is full, a list of low cost accommodation hotel/motel and B&B options are available on at reception upon request.
    Donations are welcome.

    Contact:

    National travel assistance coordinator
    For after hours assistance (after 4.30pm) contact:
    Lakes DHB Duty Manager (07) 348 1199
    http://www.lakesdhb.govt.nz
    All departments & services (07) 348 1199
    Chief Executive Ron Dunham Phone (07) 349 7982
    Email: ceooffice@lakesdhb.govt.nz

  • Lakes DHB – Shuttle Service

    Lakes DHB offers a shuttle service, which is coordinated and run by St John’s Ambulance.
    The St John Health Shuttle can be used by anyone wishing to attend a medical or health-related appointment in Rotorua.
    The service operates Monday to Friday 8.30am – 3.30pm excluding public holidays. It is preferable to give at least 24 hours notice of your appointment to ensure a vehicle is available (earlier bookings arew advisable due to the demand fir the service).
    Note: you must be ready half an hour before thev appoinment time.
    The St John Health Shuttle service offers a vehicle able to carry patients seated or in a wheelchair.
    Although this service is provided free, any donations, are appreciated. Donations go towards helping to cover running costs.
    Information brochures are also available through the hospital upon request, or from Saint Johns.

    For further information or to make a booking contact: 07 349 7658
    Rotorua Saint John Health Shuttle

  • Levin Arthritis Support Group

    Levin Arthritis Support Group offers support to those who suffer from arthritis, and their families with monthly meets.

    Meet: 2nd Monday of each month, 1.30pm
    Venue: The Hudson Room Levin Cosmopolitan Club, Oxford Street

    Contact for more information:

    Yvonne Mabey (Chairperson). Ph: 06 368 5068
    Email: yvonnemabey@xtra.co.nz
    Levin Arthritis Support Group Street Address: 29 Hinemoa Street, Levin
    Website: www.arthritis.org.nz

  • Marton St John Health Shuttle Service

    Marton Health Shuttle.

    We have 3 shuttles – 2 with hoists and our 3rd one is a car.

    We have a set timetable on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for taking clients to Palmerston North hospital for dialysis (and home again).

    Monday to Friday: For other health appointments – which include dentists, doctors, specialists, podiatrists, respite care to rest homes etc. we run the shuttles to appointment times (not regular times).

    We go to Palmerston North and Wanganui and all places in between.

    We work on a donation system of payment for these trips to try to cover costs.

    We like to have at least 24 hours notice to organise drivers and shuttles.

     

    Contact Us:
    Phone: (06) 327 4530

  • Men’s Carer Support Group (Taranaki)

    A support group especially for husbands/partners or sons who are caring for a loved one with a dementia related illness.
    This is the ideal opportunity to meet up with other men who are experiencing similar situations.
    You’ll be able to learn off one another and hear other ideas and support one another by sharing stories and knowledge.

    Meet: 1st Monday of each month (unless it is a Public Holiday) from 2.30 – 4pm, followed by tea and biscuits.
    Venue: Barretts Lounge, Taranaki Base Hospital (next to the Cafeteria).

    Contacts:
    Sarah De Souza 06 7536139 Ext 7982

    E-mail- sarah.desouza@tdhb.org.nz

    or

    Anna-Dora Schwank, 06 7536139 Ext 8766

    E-mail- anna-dora.schwank@tdhb.org.nz

  • Mesothelioma Prognosis Network

    Mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer caused from asbestos exposure. Due to the long latency period of mesothelioma (approximately 20-50 years), most people who are diagnosed with the disease are seniors.

    For many of these individuals, caregivers and in-home assistance are a necessity. Our organization works with these individuals, primarily seniors, and their families to help them find local doctors, treatment centers and support groups. We have created the most extensive prognosis support and information source online, and we have patient advocates available 24/7 to help provide help to those in need at any time.

    MesotheliomaPrognosis.com is dedicated to providing free information and resources to those affected by mesothelioma cancer.

    For more information go to:  https://www.mesotheliomaprognosis.com/mesothelioma/

    or email:  Chad Maycumber at cmaycumber@mesotheliomaprognosis.com

  • MidCentral DHB

    Te Whare Rapuora/Maori Health Unit provides Maori Health support services to families accessing MidCentral Health services.
    Limited family accommodation is available. Access is on a case-by-case basis and at the discretion of staff.

    Priority is given to those who:
    • Are from outside the MidCentral District Health Board region (whanau who live within the region but in a rural area can access the
    accommodation)
    • Are supporting critically/terminally ill hospital patients • Are from outside the Palmerston North City region.

    Facilities include:
    • Cooking area and food storage (you will be required to provide your own food) • Modern wheelchair accessible ablution facilities • Laundry facilities • Lounge/dining room/reception • Communal sleeping area-divans for the older person, (for persons booking in, supply own toiletries and towels. A sheet, aircell blanket, pillow and case are supplied .

    Accommodation is available on a 24 hour basis. If you require after hours access (between 5pm and 8.30am and anytime at the weekend) ask hospital staff to contact the after hours coordinator.
    Cost: is a one off initial first night payment of $20 per whanau.( That is 3 persons per patient whanau )
    Thereafter The cost is $3 per person per night.
    Contact: 06 350 8210
    www.midcentraldhb.govt.nz

    communications@midcentraldhb.govt.nz

     

  • Mill Bay Hideaway

    Mill Bay Hideaway is a cosy, cute, traditional true “Kiwi” style bach. Conveniently located in peaceful Mill Bay, on Northlands East Coast, the Hideaway is the perfect place to relax and forget the stresses of every day life.

    With views out to Mill Bay and the boats moored within, this is a truly tranquil setting. The Hideaway has full kitchen facilities, 3 bedrooms, and will comfortably sleep up to six people. Children of all ages are welcome, dogs are welcome also, but please keep them outside.

    Offering their Hideaway as a “time out” place for family carers was something that appealed to Steve and Veronica. “We know that carers work really hard looking after their loved ones, so we decided to make our Hideaway available for them while their family member is in respite or being looked after by another family member. Carers deserve a well earned break and we wanted to make this possible for them”, says Veronica.

    Just a 10 minute stroll away from the Hideaway is historic Mangonui Village. The village has a Four Square/Post Shop, crafts, an Information Centre, and more. While you are there why not take some time out and sit and enjoy a Cappuccino in one of the cafes while looking over the Mangonui Harbour – this is truly relaxing. Well known Coopers Beach, Cable Bay and Taipa are all within a short driving distance.

    Steve and Veronica ask for a koha to cover their power and water expenses. You will need to bring your own sheets, pillowcases and towels, but duvets, pillows and blankets are provided. The minimum stay at the Hideaway is two nights; Steve and Veronica ask that when departing that “you leave the bach as you found it”.

    For further information on Mill Bay Hideaway contact Veronica 09 406 0720

  • Monarch Home Retreat

    Located in Bethlehem, Tauranga, Monarch Home Retreat is a where you can rest, relax and restore. Escape from your everyday life and take the time to create lifestyle changes to enhance your health and wellbeing.

    Monarch Home Retreat is the beautiful home of Colleen Brennan, designed to provide a peaceful and inspiring environment for people to rest, relax and restore.

    You will stay in the spacious, tranquil home in private guest accommodation upstairs with your own bathroom and lounge, enjoying wonderful views to the water and hills and eating locally sourced fresh food (vegetarian and gluten-free options).

    Inside the home you are able to practice yoga and meditation, learn to cook, read books from the library, listen to music or make your own on the keyboard and receive a mini facial or foot/hand treatment.

    Outside the home you can go walking, sightseeing, soak in the hot pools or visit the shops and cafes nearby, either on your own or accompanied by Colleen.

    Trained in Ayurvedic Lifestyle Management Colleen can give an ayurvedic relaxation oil massage and consultations for dosha analysis, offering suggestions to prevent or correct any imbalances enabling you to live life in harmony with your environment.

    Rates (inclusive Accommodation and Meals):
    One night $120
    Two nights $220
    Three nights $300
    Ayurvedic Consultation $80
    Relaxation Massage $60

    Complimentary airport pick-ups available.

    For further details and bookings:
    Contact: Colleen 07 5718256 or 021 0400 051
    www.monarchhomeretreat.co.nz

  • Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Society of Canterbury

    A Parkinson’s Support Group for Spouses and Carers offering support and friendship. We also offer an annual education session specifically for this group

    Venue: Cafés around Christchurch and Rangiora
    Meet : Monthly

    Contact Us:
    Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Society of Canterbury (Inc)
    Phone: (03) 366 2857
    Email: support@ms-pd.org.nz
    Website: www.ms-pd.org.nz

  • Nelson Marlborough DHB

    Altrusa House is situated at the south end of the Nelson Hospital site, immediately above Motueka Street. The House is available to anyone from out of town who requires accommodation before or after treatment at Nelson Hospital. This accommodation is also available to relatives and whanau of patients, although if the house is full, priority is given to those who require accommodation before or after treatment.

    Altrusa House consists of four twin bedrooms and two single bedrooms. A cot is available for infants. Meals can be ordered through the Information Receptionist (weekdays) or via the telephone operators at weekends.

    Charges for meals are: breakfasts $4, dinners $6. Lunches are available from the hospital cafeteria (Monday to Saturday).

    Cost: $30 per night per person (including GST) and $10 per night (including GST) for a second person if sharing a room.
    Contact: 03 546 1800
    www.nmdhb.govt.nz

  • Northland DHB

    Kaitaia, Bay of Islands and Dargaville Hospital visitors can arrange accommodation in their family houses. Talk to nursing staff for more information.

    Whangarei Hospital offers Te Whaea o te Iwi whanau accommodation and is sited across the road from the hospital. Consisting of 24 beds, it has three rooms: one is a large room sleeping nine people, one has a single bed, the third room has two single beds for kuia and kaumatua. The balance of the beds is in an open plan style.

    Visitors can buy food from the hospital cafeteria or Cafe Delimarche. Snacks and canned drinks are also available from coin machines on the ground floor and lower ground floor.

    Cost is $10 per person per night.
    Children under the age of five stay free.

    Contact Us:
    Phone: Rebecca (021) 512 281
    www.northlanddhb.org.nz

  • Northland DHB – Shuttle Service

    This is a week day bus service between Kaitaia and Whangarei Hospitals.

    Seats are allocated in the following order of priority:

    out patients and inpatients who have an appointment at a public hospital
    parents of children with an appointment at a public hospital
    support people/carers of elderly people or people with disabilities who have a public hospital appointment.
    The service is FREE for the above people although a koha/donation would be welcome.

    For the following categories of passenger, the charge is $20 each way:

    people with private appointments, e.g. at Prime Care or Kowhai Court
    people wishing to visit inpatients at Whangarei Hospital
    for children 13 years an under, the charge is $10 each way, children under 5 years are free.
    Please have your appointment card/letter ready to show the driver, or have the fare ready to pay them.

    You must book in advance as the driver only stops where indicated on their passenger list.

    Contact Us:
    Bay of Islands Hospital Telephonist 09 404 0280
    Kaeo Hospital Health Centre Clerk 09 405 0541
    Whangarei Hospital Admissions 09 430 4101 ext 7263
    Kaitaia Hospital Telephonist 09 408 9180
    This is a SMOKE FREE bus.

  • Northland Down Syndrome Support Group

    Northland Down Syndrome Support Group provides information, education and support to people whose lives have been changed by Down Syndrome.They also hold parent dinners, pamper evenings for the ladies, and an annual Christmas party. To find out when the next meet or event is planned for, please call and leave a message for Kathryn Sadgrove on (09) 4346723

    Contact: Kathryn Sadgrove
    Meet: On the third Wednesday of each month – although this can change with attendance, so please confirm with Kathryn.
    Venue: McDonalds loated on Bank Street.
    Email: ksadgrove@xtra.co.nz
    Website: www.nzdsa.org.nz

  • Otaki St John Health Shuttle Service

    We are the Otaki St John Health Shuttle. Our usual trips are to Levin & Palmerston North, although we occasionally go to Wgtn medical appointments as well.

    Contact Us:
    Phone: (06) 364 5603
    Email: otakishuttle@gmail.com

  • Parent to Parent Northland

    Are you caring for a child with special or additional needs? Would you like to meet other parents and carers who are doing the same? Then come and meet us for a coffee and a chat!

    Meet: Coffee group meeting every third Tuesday of every month.
    Venue: CCS Disability Centre Whangarei in the Tui Room 291 Kamo Road

    Contact Us:
    Lynne Hansen
    Phone: (09) 437 3337
    Email: northland@parent2parent.org.nz

  • Parkinson’s Wellington

    Parkinson’s Wellington provides support for people with Parkinson’s and their families/carers.

    This is a great opportunity to come and share carer experiences and learn what resources you can tap into in the community.

    Lower Hutt: Carers Support Group meets every second month-pls call Andrea for dates.
    Venue: Russell McKeown House cnr Laings Road and Queens Drive ground floor.
    Cost $2.00 for tea and coffee

    Wellington Meet: second Thursday of the month at 11.00 a.m.
    Venue: Cafe 162, Marsden Village, Karori

    Contact Us:
    Andrea Savage, Parkinson’s Community Worker, Hutt Valley
    Phone: (04) 566 0401 or (027) 566 0401
    Email: worker.wgtnhutt@parkinsons.org.nz

    Diane Stephens, Parkinson’s Community Educator, Parkinson’s Wellington
    Phone: (04) 385 8040
    E mail: educator.wgtn@parkinsons.org.nz

  • Re-Li-On-Us Mobility Services

    Re-Li-On-Us Mobility Services provide Accessible Transportation Services to the community across the Greater Auckland region and it’s surrounding areas (from Orewa to Bombay). They assist the elderly, frail, and those who are unable to use public transport to, and from their homes to various destinations such as Medical Appointments, Rehabilitation Centres, RSA Employment, ACC, Income Support, Church, Weddings, Shopping, Events, Sporting Events, or Physical-Therapy, plus more!

    RE-LI-ON-US Mobility Services has 29 vehicles, so that means when a person books a cab, the nearest available vehicle to that person is sent, resulting in a faster and more efficient service.

    Total Mobility Vans are also available for passengers who have special needs; these include wheelchair lifts with specially trained drivers. The Disability Swipe card is accepted in the majority of their vehicles.

    Contact: 0800 025 999 (24 hours)
    www.relionus.co.nz

  • Rivendell Respite

    If you are under considerable stress, or would like some time out in a peaceful, safe environment, then Rivendell Respite is the place for you.

    Rivendell Respite is a modern, spacious family home, situated 35 minutes from Christchurch, and a short distance from the Ashley River and Waikuku Beach. It consists of four north facing spacious rooms, all of which open through sliding doors onto a picturesque garden.

    Each bedroom has its own queen sized bed, plenty of warm bedding, a heater and television. Two bedrooms share a large bathroom, while the other has its own large ensuite and a small separate room suitable for any accompanying child(ren).

    Drinks are supplied in your room for your convenience; meals are available from the dining room, and can be taken back to your room if preferred.

    Costs (all meals and linen provided):

    Ministry of Health Carer Support funded: no charge
    Community Grant: for those without government funded respite care, from $10 – $30 per day, must be experiencing considerable stress, and verified with letter from health professional, therapist etc.
    Private retreats: $140 those without Community Services Card, $100 those with a Community Services Card.

    Contact Us:
    Jan or Keith Le Roi on (03) 310 0463.
    www.rivendellrespite.co.nz

  • Ronald McDonald House

    Since the first Ronald McDonald House opened in Auckland in 1994, RMH has been there to help families in need by offering them a ‘home away from home’.

    Ronald McDonald House Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch offers families whose child is unwell and receiving hospital treatment accommodation in close proximity to hospital grounds as well as emotional and financial support so they are able to focus on their child.

    RMH is a non-profit organisation and offers their services free from charge and all donations made to the Houses, go directly to support the many families that stay with us each year.

    RMH understands that families are stronger when they are together and this is the premise behind everything we do.

    Contact Us:
    www.rmhauckland.org.nz

  • South Canterbury DHB

    A Whanau/Family Day Room is available at Timaru Hospital for patients and their relatives. Essentially this is a Day Room only and not suitable for overnight stays. There is a cafe at the Hospital (closed Saturday and Sunday afternoons), and a shop is located nearby.

    Cost: $30 per night.
    Contact: 03 687 2100
    www.scdhb.co.nz

  • South Taranaki Carer Support Group

    South Taranaki Carer Support Group is a support group for people who are caring for someone with a dementia related illness. This group is facilitated by Shirley McGlinchey, Field Worker for Alzheimers Taranaki. Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the Hawera Catholic Church.

    Meet: 3rd Wednesday of each month at 1.30pm
    Venue: Hawera Catholic Church.

    Contact Us:
    Shirley McGlinchey (06) 278 8519

  • Southern DHB – Dunedin

    Whanau accommodation is available at Wakari Hospital. Phone the receptionist for referral. A number of motels are also available near Dunedin Hospital (special rates may apply for relatives of hospital patients).

    Contact Us:
    The Patient Affairs Department 03 470 9534 to learn more.
    http://www.southerndhb.govt.nz/index.php?page=2904

  • Southern DHB – Invercargill

    Te Whare Whanau is available for extended family members of patients who do not normally reside in close proximity to the hospital. The service offers: A kaumatua bed, bedding for up to 19 additional people (on a marae type basis), full kitchen facilities, an accessible showering and toilet facility, and linen. A limited supply of food is available for emergency situations. The suggested koha for this service is $10 per night. Koha funds are used to offset linen and emergency food supply costs. Te Whare Whanau is also available after a death, as a place for extended whanau and the deceased to be together. This service is available to anyone who has a family member in hospital.

    They will arrange your key and then you’ll need to see them to collect it. Te Whare Whanau is located in the Community Services Building which you will find through the Kew Rd Main Entrance to the left.
    Otherwise you can ask the hospital to put you through to Te Whanau Whare http://www.southerndhb.govt.nz/

    Koha: $10 per person per night.
    Contact: 03 218 1949 and ask for security.
    http://www.southerndhb.govt.nz/

  • Southern DHB – Shuttle Service

    A courtesy van is available to take patients to and from appointments at Southland Hospital.
    This service is available for people who live within invercargill city and is run by the DRC Southland.

    Contact Disability Resource Centre,  Southland
    Contact: 03 214 5000 or Freephone 0800 100 531
    Email: info@drcsouth.co.nz
    www.drcsouth.co.nz

  • Southland Head Injury Society

    Southland Head Injury Society provides a fun coffee morning which incorporates social gathering and support for those who care for somebody who has suffered a head injury.

    Meet: twice a month, dates are confirmed by the field officer via a regular newsletter.
    Venue: Southland Head Injury Society office; 46 Kelvin Street, Invercargill.

    Contact Us:
    Miranda Kennedy (Field Officer)
    Phone: (03) 214 4154
    Email: his-sth@xtra.co.nz

  • St John Health Shuttle Services

    If you are not well or you have health or mobility problems that make it difficult for you to get to your medical appointment, St John can take you in their fully equipped Health Shuttle, for treatment or to visit a specialist or hospital for minor day surgery.

    When your appointment is over, they will be there to pick you up and transport you home again. All they ask in return is that you make a donation to help cover the costs of running the Health Shuttle.

    St John Health Shuttles run Monday to Friday (except public holidays). To find out if a St John Health Shuttle is available in your area, or to book a journey:

    Contact: 0800 000 606
    Email: enquiries@stjohn.org.nz
    http://www.stjohn.org.nz/

  • Stroke Central Region

    The Stroke Foundation Central Region offers support for families caring for somebody who has suffered a stroke. Group discussions include talking about difficulties, problem solving, looking after yourself etc.

    Hutt Valley
    Meet:1st Tuesday of each month at 10.30am.
    Venue: Community Resource Centre, Cnr Laings Rd and Myrtle Streets.
    Contact: Beckie Mather 04 934 1466


    Kapiti Coast
    Meet: last Wednesday of each month at 1.30pm
    Venue: Paraparaumu Community Centre
    Contact: Julie Abbot 04 299 3109

    Wainuiomata
    Meet:
     2nd Thursday of every month at 1pm. Please bring $1 to help cover the cost of room hire. A cup of tea and coffee is provided. 
    Venue: Community Centre, Queen Street, Wainuiomata
    Contact: 04 564 7670 

  • Stroke Foundation of New Zealand

    Stroke Foundation of New Zealand

    If you care for someone who has had a stroke and need further information, including details of local carers’ support groups, please contact:

    National Office
    0800 78 76 53
    strokenz@stroke.org.nz
    www.stroke.org.nz

    Northern Region (Auckland, Northland)
    09 475 0070
    northern@stroke.org.nz

    Midland Region (Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Taranaki, Northern Manawatu)
    07 571 3061 
    midland@stroke.org.nz

    Southern Region (South Island)
    03 381 8500
    southern@stroke.org.nz

  • Stroke support – Hamilton

    This branch of the Stroke Foundation meets once a month, stroke survivors and carers of someone affected by Stroke are welcome to attend. Each meeting features a guest speaker, followed by refreshments and a chat.

    Cost:$5.00 (transport can be arranged $10.00 per return trip)
    Meet: Fourth Wednesday of each month
    Venue: Marist Rugby Club Rooms, Old Farm Road. Hamilton
    Contact: Paul Burroughs (07) 8492 065

    Hamilton Stroke Club Caregivers Support Group meets: Every Third Tuesday at designated venues, for social get together, coffee and/or meal.

    Contact Us:
    Betty Collis (07) 856 6440 and Bev Depree(07) 8479354
    Cost: Gold Coin

  • Stroke Support – Thames

    We are a small group of Stroke-affected people who meet for companionship and social outings every second and third Thursday of each month.
    During the Summer months there are outings in a mobility van.
    During Winter we meet socially in the Salvation Army Hall in Pollen Street, Thames (between 10.30 – 2pm).

    We have guest speakers, play bowls, participate in exercises, or simply have a get-together over lunch and a cup of tea.

    Meet: Every 2nd and 3rd Thursday of each month.
    Contact: Raywn Antonovich 07 868 2801 (evenings)

    Website:  www.stroke.or.gnz/strokeclubs

  • Supporting Families in Mental Illness

    Supporting Families in Mental Illness holds regular support group meetings for families close to someone with a mental illness; Education group sessions, Peer support group (family to family), Family Social Groups, Borderline Personality Disorder Support Group, Consumer Group (social peer group for consumers) and the Rangiora Support Group.

    Supporting Families in Mental Illness New Zealand (SFNZ)
    C/- 2A Burmah Street
    Aramoho
    Whanganui

    Contact: Fiona Perry, National Coordinator on 021 744 106 or sfnatcouncil@gmail.com

  • Tairawhiti DHB

    A family/whanau room is available for families of patients receiving treatment at Gisborne Hospital. Priority is given to families who have travelled from outside the Gisborne area, and to those who have a family member in ICU/CCU.

    Smoking and alcohol are not permitted in the accommodation.

    Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Facilities include:

    • a lounge area
    • kitchen utensils
    • telephone for urgent use
    • a toilet/ablution area.

    There are no laundry facilities, although hospital linen will be collected and washed. Length of stay is generally 48 – 72 hours or a maximum of three nights per patient.

    Koha/donations are always welcome to contribute towards the upkeep of the facility.

    Contact:;Whanau Room Co-ordinator between 9am – 4.30pm
    06 869 0500 ext 8167 or 8015. 
    After hours inquiries can be directed to Security Staff on ext 8133.
    http://www.tdh.org.nz/

  • Taranaki Chronic Pain Foundation (TC

    A fledgling group of chronic pain sufferers who recognise the need for central support and information for sufferers and their carers in the Taranaki area.

    Meet: Every 4 weeks on a Sunday afternoon
    Venue: Espresso Cafè, New Plymouth
    Contact: Pam McLoughlin 06 751 0161
    Email: mcloughlins@xtra.co.nz

  • Taranaki DHB

    Taranaki Base Hospital has emergency accommodation (Whaiora) that is available to family/whanau who have a patient in the Hospital. Whaiora offers temporary accommodation to support whanau of inpatients at Taranaki Base and Hawera hospitals. Priority is given to whanau from outside of the New Plymouth and Hawera townships

    During working hours contact 06 753 6139 extn 7587 during office hours.

    For all after hour bookings ask the operator to page a Kaimahi Hauora.

    www.tdhb.org.nz

  • Taranaki St John Health Shuttle Service

    St John Taranaki Health Shuttle

    Based in Hawera, St John Taranaki Health Shuttle operates between Hawera and New Plymouth including all towns in-between along Highway 3.

    This service is available to people needing transport from their home and return who are otherwise unable to attend their doctor, specialist, hospital or health related appointments.

    Straight forward and stress free, all that’s asked in return is a donation to help with the operating costs.

    For bookings please phone and leave a message at least 24 hours before transport required.

    Contact Us:
    Phone (06) 278 6140 (Calls returned 3.00pm weekdays)

  • Te Wahi Ora

    A place for women at Piha – Te Wahi Ora is a relaxing beach-side retreat located 50 minutes west of Auckland on the West Coast at Piha. Te Wahi Ora is run by women for women and offers:

    • Accommodation
    • Massage
    • Counselling
    • Respite Care
    • Women’s spirituality
    • Beach and bush walks
    • Candle-lit perfumed baths and much more!

    Te Wahi Ora is the ideal place to relax and have time out from your busy life. Take a quiet walk along wild Piha beach, accessible bush walking tracks, or simply relax in the privacy of your own room. Did you know that walking encourages relaxation and meditation? This is very helpful when trying to forget the stresses of your every day life.

    Costs vary for the length of stay and other services that you require (massages, counselling etc.), but does include your accommodation, bedding, towels, linen, hot baths, three meals daily, morning and afternoon tea/coffee, biscuits and fruit snacks. It is also possible to negotiate a rate for a longer stay, or a rate possible for the guest.

    Contact Us:
    Bev Holt (09) 812 8775
    Posta; 129 Marine Parade North, CMB 107, Piha 0646
    Email: tewahiorapiha@gmail.com
    Website: www.tewahiora.co.nz

  • Te Waiora House

    Te Waiora House

    A retreat/respite centre for adults who need a break from the stresses of daily life. Te Waiora House  provides a peaceful and relaxed rural environment. Set in 14 acres of gardens and countryside approx 60 minutes from Christchurch. The modern home is fully equipped and has 5 comfortable twin bedrooms, all with en-suites. One is equipped for those with disabilities.. All meals are provided. The on-site hosts support guests as required. There is no set fee for guests, but contributions towards the costs of $85 per night per guest will be gratefully received. Carer support payments by MOH or DHB are accepted.

     

    For more information, see the  website: www.tewaiorahouse.org.nz

    Te Waiora House is managed by Te Waiora Christian Trust and is based at 236 Hororata Road, RD 2, Darfield 7572.

     

    Phone 03 318 0789 
    Email tewaiorahouse@xtra.co.nz

  • Thames/Hauraki Health & Disability Resource Centre Trust

    Thames/Hauraki Health & Disability Resource Centre is a non profit organisation providing services within the Coromandel Peninsula and Hauraki Region.

    We work collaboratively with Health Professionals, & Community Organisations region wide.

    We provide the following services:  

    • Provide support
    • Information
    • Resources
    • Monthly newsletter
    • Social gatherings
    • Research information
    • Referrals to appropriate agencies/health professionals, e t c
    • Transport/mobility transport (medical & social)
    • Showroom with equipment and disability aids for sale
    • Mobile showroom
    • Provide hire equipment for short term hire

    Contact Us:

    Physical Address: 609 Mackay St, THAMES 3500

    Postal Address: PO Box 535, Thames 3540

    Phone:  (07) 868 7099
    Robyn Pengelly (Manager):  (027) 383 1117

    Email: dsgthames@gmail.com

     

  • Titoki Healing Centre

    The Titoki Healing Centre is a Christian Healing and Retreat Centre. Set on ten acres of beautiful parkland, Titoki is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Titoki Healing Centre is a well equipped, spacious Christian retreat and seminar centre which is conveniently located only ten minutes out of Whakatane and five minutes from Awakeri Hot Springs.

    Titioki offers time out for renewal and refreshment, a retreat and seminar venue for groups, a country guest house and Christian counselling and healing. The facility itself consists of a large homestead with spacious dining rooms, two lounges, nine ensuite twin-share and double bedrooms, a motel cottage, a comfortable bunk house-style villa and a beautiful chapel.

    All guests are well catered for in quality, comfortable facilities with everything supplied.

    For individuals who need time out for respite, refreshment and relaxation by themselves, Titoki has two fully equipped self contained and private cottages. With these overlooking the orchard and grounds, they are the perfect place to unwind, refresh and re-charge your batteries.

    Rates are very reasonable and both catered and self catering options are available.

    71 Titoki Road
    RD 2
    Whakatane 3192

    Contact Us:

    Phone:  (07) 308 6503

    www.titoki.org.nz

  • TOA Pacific

    TOA Pacific is an organisation committed to advocating on behalf of Pacific Older People and Pacific Aiga/Family Carers. They would like to see that all older adults and pacific aiga carers have enhanced health and wellbeing and are treasured and valued by their Pacific community and society.

    Contact: Malia Hamani 09 276 4596
    PO Box 22 754, Otahuhu, Auckland

    Email: malia@toapacific.org.nz

  • Totara Hospice Carers Group

    This is a 6 week programme run 4 times a year. Each week will focus on a different topic.

    The aim of the group is to give carers who are caring for someone at home with a terminal/life limiting illness the opportunity to meet others in similar circumstances , to share experiences, to have some “me time” for social interaction, and to receive helpful information which will support them in their role.

    The programme will cover such things as : Nursing issues in the home, meal preparation for someone who is terminally ill, emotional wellbeing, practical considerations (Wills, EPOA, NASC, funeral planning) and a tour of their Inpatient unit, as well allowing time for the carers to talk about their experience and a bit of pampering for them.

    Meet: Totara Hospice Day Lounge, 140 Charles Prevost Drive, Manurewa.
    Contact: Beryl 09 640 0268 to register your interest.

  • Vaughan Park Anglican Retreat

    Vaughan Park Anglican Retreat and Conference Centre is a place of spiritual renewal, hospitality and refreshment owned and run by the Anglican Church. It is situated at the southern end of Long Bay Beach in the East Coast Bays.

    Welcoming and facilitating retreats for both individuals and groups is central to the purpose of Vaughan Park.
    Accommodation is available in single or twin share rooms. Four quality meeting rooms along with conference facilities and internet access provide for a variety of needs. All meals are fully catered.

    Your stay at Vaughan Park Retreat and Conference Centre may be spent enjoying the Centre’s beautiful grounds, making use of the new chapel and research centre, walking on Long Bay Beach, visiting the regional park, or simply enjoying your own company in the privacy of your room. Vaughan Park is an ideal place to relax in affordable tranquil surroundings.

    The nearest shopping centre is only 1km up the road and will cater for most of your shopping needs.


    Contact:

    1043 Beach Road, Long Bay, Auckland City 0630
    PO Box 89 085 Torbay, Auckland City 0742
    Phone: (09) 473 2600
    Fax: (09) 473 2609
    www.vaughanpark.org.nz

  • Waikato DHB

    Hilda Ross House (HRH) is an accommodation facility located on the Health Waikato Campus and is owned and operated by the Waikato District Health Board. It is a multi-storied facility (6 floors, 79 rooms) which operates 24/7 and is available for pre-admission patients and those who have been discharged, as well as outpatients and supporters of inpatients, Waikato DHB employees and clients, and medical students.

    Guests staying at Hilda Ross House must be independent or have a caregiver with them to assist with toileting, showering, dressing and administering medications etc. Hilda Ross House sells a limited range of food, beverages and sundry items. Guests are responsible for their own meals. There is a small shared communal kitchenette with microwave, frying pan and fridge. Guests can also purchase meals at the staff/public cafeteria service located within the Hospital. Bedding includes sheets, pillow and duvet. Clean towels are provided daily. Coin operated laundry facilities are available, with free use of irons and hairdryers.

    Room Types & Nightly Rates (subject to change)
    Single room (1 bed) $40.00 Triple room (1 bed) $50.00
    Triple room (2 beds) $60.00 Triple room (3 beds) $70.00
    Twin room (2 beds including shower & toilet) $70.00
    Family room (4 beds including shower/toilet/kitchenette) $85.00
    Suite room (1 queen bed/1 single bed/including shower/toilet/kitchenette & lounge/TV) $105.00

    Te Whare Taurima is a low cost accommodation service for families of patients in Waikato Hospital. It is available to all ethnic groups. Priority will be given to those who live more than 100 kilometres from Hamilton and who have a family member in the Intensive Care Unit or Cardio Care Unit, or who have a family member who is terminally or critically ill. Consideration will be given on a case by case basis to whanau/family that do not fit the criteria, with availability dependent on bed vacancies.

    Te Wharae Taurima facilities include:
    • Shared kitchen/dining room/lounge/bathroom and laundry service for up to 20 people per night
    • Bedding (includes linen, duvet and pillow)
    • Coin operated washing machine and clothes dryer
    • Cooking utensils (you will need to provide your own food)

    Room types
    1 x 1 single bed 1 x 1 set of bunks and 1 single bed
    2 x 2 single beds 2 x 2 sets of bunks and 1 single bed
    1 x 1 set of bunks

    Cost (per night per family/whanau member): 13 years and older $10 per night; children 5 – 12 yrs $5 per night; preschool children $3 per night.

    Contact:

    Te Whare Taurima custodian 07 839 8899 ext 98644 8.30am – 5pm.
    After hours 07 839 8899 ext 98644
    After hours extension directly to Hilda Ross House ext 8398644

    Email:  info@waikatodhb.health.nz

    www.waikatodhb.health.nz

  • Waimarino St John Health Shuttle Service

    The St John Health Shuttle is a community service that transports  people to medical and health-related appointments and then brings them home again. These appointments include hospital, dental, optometrist, counselling and podiatry visits.

    This service is available for all ages and operates on weekdays between Ohakune and Raetihi including trips to Palmerston North and Wanganui.

    Stress-free and straight forward, St John Health Shuttles are staffed by volunteers and a donation is requested to cover costs.

    Contact Us:

    Bookings are essential, please phone by 1.30pm weekday prior.

    Phone (06) 385 5019

    www.stjohn.org.nz

  • Wairarapa DHB

    Hospital accommodation is available to whānau / families / and support people for current inpatients of Wairarapa Hospital subject to availability. The accommodation is onsite at a cost of $10.00 per night per adult, $5.00 per Child primary school age.

    · Accommodation can be booked on the day or in advance

    · Pre-bookings can be made through the Main Reception or Māori Health

    · During normal working hours (7am – 8pm) please book and pay at the main reception

    · Weekends and after hours please enquire at the Emergency Department Reception

    For further information please contact Wairarapa Hospital main reception on 06 946 9800.

     

    Website: www.huttvalleydhb.org.nz
    Wairarapa Hospital: 06 946 9800 – General Inquiries
    Wairapa Hospital, Te Ore Ore Road, Masteton 5840


  • Waitemata DHB

    Family/whanau accommodation is available at North Shore Hospital. Pikihuia Whare Nui is situated on the ground floor of the Hospital near the Maori Health Centre.
    The Whare sleeps 18 people in a marae style. Mattresses, pillows, and sheets are supplied, but families will need to provide their own blankets and towels.

    Facilities include a wheelchair accessible ablution block, kitchen and cooking facilities (or there is access to the main staff kitchen.
    Criteria: you must have a sick family member in North Shore Hospital and preference will be given to those who live further from the hospital. You will also be required to sign a daily contract.
    Cost: Koha 
    Contact: 09 486 1491 ext 3553

    North Shore Hospital also has an apartment situated opposite Pikihuia Whare Nui, which sleeps four people (two single beds with pull-out beds underneath).
    Mattresses, pillows, and sheets are supplied, but families will need to provide their own blankets and towels.
    Facilities include a universal shower block, telephone, and cooking facilities (or there is access to the main staff kitchen).

    Criteria: you must have a sick family member in North Shore Hospital, and preference will be given to those who live further from the hospital.
    You will be required to sign a daily contract, and there is an expectation that if a kaumatua or kuia require the accommodation, younger people must move out.
    Cost: $5 per adult per night.
    Contact: 09 486 1491 ext 3553
    www.waitematadhb.govt.nz

  • Waitemata DHB – Shuttle Service

    The Age Concern Rodney shuttle is servicing some of the Rodney area and North Shore residents that need to go from North Shore Hospital to Auckland Greenlane Clinical Centre.

    The shuttle services are on demand with no set timetable.

    Bookings are essential and must be made at least three working days in advance of travel.

    Contact Us:
    For further information or bookings please phone 0800 809 342 or 09 426 0918 between 9.30am and 4.00pm Monday – Friday.

    For more information visit www.waitematadhb.govt.nz/

    A note on other shuttle services:
    West Auckland Shuttle services part of the West Auckland area to Greenlane Clinical Centre, Auckland and North Shore hospital, and residents of North Shore needing to go to Waitakere hospital have a pick up at North Shore Hospital.
    The Rodney Shuttle services part of the Rodney District going to North Shore and Auckland Hospital and Greenlane Clinical Centre, North Shore residents needing to go to Auckland and Waitakere hospital and Greenlane Clinical Centre have a pick up point and North Shore hospital.

  • Wanganui Carers Network Group

    Wanganui Carers Network Group for carers of dependents with intellectual disabilities, meet last Friday of the month 10am – 12 noon at Disability Resources Centre in Wanganui.

    Please contact Linda Keith on 021 230 4095 for details.

  • West Coast DHB

    Whakaruru Whanau/Family House is situated at the far north end of Grey Hospital between Parfitt Ward and the Corporate Office. The House offers open style accommodation with one bedroom with two single beds, two couch beds, and four mattresses. It is available to families of patients in Grey Hospital who live outside the Greymouth area, to help them support whanau/family members who are patients in Grey Hospital.

    Whanau/family can stay in the house for up to seven nights. Limited parking is available in the vicinity of the building. Eligibility is on a first come, first served basis and at the discretion of Grey Hospital management. Guests of the whanau/family under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The house is fully equipped and wheelchair accessible. It has its own kitchen, laundry, two bathrooms, dining area, and a shared living area with television. All bedding, sheets, towels and tea towels are supplied and washed. Whanau/family need only to buy their food, wash their clothes, and keep the house tidy.

    Costs include cleaning and linen: $10 per night each adult (15 years and older). Children 14 years and younger stay free. $10 deposit for the key (refunded when the key is returned). Where Ministry of Health travel and accommodation assistance is available, the rate will be amended to reflect this funding. Payment needs to be made at the time of the stay (invoices are not sent). If you have difficulty paying this, the Grey Base Hospital Social Work Department will assist where possible.

    Contact Us:
    Grey Base Hospital Admitting Office for bookings (03) 769 7400 ext 2886
    www.westcoastdhb.health.nz

  • Whakatane Hospital

    Whakatane Hospital provides a hospital transport service for inpatients, using either an ambulance or car for transport to tertiary hospitals and back from Whakatane hospital. This can be organised through the Duty Manager by phoning the main switchboard on 07 306 0999. There is no charge to patients for this service. For outpatients who are referred to other hospitals there is the National Travel Assistance Scheme (criteria for this funding does apply).

    Contact:

    General Enquiries
    0800 333 477
    communications@bopdhb.govt.nz

    Whakatane: 07 306 0999


  • Whangarei Support

    An informal group which was originally started several years ago for parents whose children stayed or lived at home.

    Meet: 3rd Wednesday of each month at 10am
    Contact:  Pat Francis 09 437 7749