About Hospice NZ
Every year, hospices around New Zealand provide care and support for people living with a life-limiting condition and their families.
Many people think of hospice as a building, but hospice is really a philosophy of care. While most hospices in New Zealand offer in-patient facilities, the majority of people are cared for in the comfort of their own home.
Anyone living with a life limiting condition – such as heart failure, motor neurone disease, MS or cancer – can access and benefit from hospice services. Hospices aim to help people make the most of their lives, with the core philosophy of living every moment in whatever way is important to them.
Hospice care is provided free of charge to people and their families, but it does come at a cost. Each year hospices need to raise more than $45 million nationally to support their services.
To find out more about your local hospice service and what you can do to help, visit www.hospice.org.nz.
Snapshot of Hospice Services
18,000 - In 2015, hospice services across the country provided care and support for more than 18,000 people and their families, either before or after the death of a loved one.
1 in 3 - 1 in 3 people who die in New Zealand each year are supported by hospice.
30% - Hospice services provide care and support for anyone with a life limiting condition – not just people with cancer. In 2015, 30% of people in hospice care had a diagnosis other than cancer.
61 - In 2015, people from 61 different ethnic groups were cared for by hospice.
1,000,000 - Together, a generous team of volunteers give over 1 million hours of their time each year to support hospice services.