Tiakina Te Kaitiaki – Caring for the Carer

Available for people living in the Mid to Far North of Te Tai Tokerau. From Bay of Islands, Kaikohe, Hokianga, Whaingaroa to Te Aupouri Peninsula.

This service provides support to Carers of loved ones with a life limiting condition, so that care can be sustained at home for as long as possible.

The Kaitiaki Nurse supports the carer to stay well, connect with the community resources enabling health and wellbeing to continue in their vital caring role.

Who can refer?

  • Carers themselves
  • Whanau / family members and friends
  • Iwi Providers
  • Health services, your GP, Hospital, District Nurse, Hospice
  • Other community agencies

Who is eligible for the service?

You are eligible if you are an informal and unpaid care giver of a whanau /family member or friend with a life limiting condition.

A message for the carer….

If you are caring for a loved one with a life limiting condition in the last year of life it can be an emotional and physically draining time.

Your caring role is an important part of their end of life journey.

You may be supporting others as well as your sick loved one.

You may be feeling tired, stressed, feeling alone, unable to adjust to the changes for your loved one and the changes you are making for yourself. This can be overwhelming. It is an emotional time and reactions are understandable and normal under the circumstances.

You should know that you are not alone and that there is support and information to help you get through.

Being able to honour the wishes of your loved one by being cared for at home or in their place of choice is important. Sustaining these choices can require considerable effort from yourself and the support you receive from others can go a long way to achieving these wishes.

Help & Support is available to you through:

  • A face to face visit and assessment from the Kaitiaki Nurse
  • A discussion of your ‘support needs’ to devise a plan to set out how your needs will be met.
  • Identify ‘what matters to you’
  • Identify what support will be most helpful.
  • Encourage using your own networks such as whanau, cultural, social groups and voluntary services as well as developing new ones and linking to supportive community services/resources of choice.
  • Support in addressing Wairua/Spiritual / Cultural needs.
  • Monitor and follow up visits and contacts
  • Advocate on your behalf and instruction to mobilise the support you identify.

Contact

Te Warati Ututaonga-Pawa

Kaitiaki Network Facilitator  (NZRN)

Mobile: 021 921 873

Email: tewaratiu@tttpho.co.nz