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September, 2021

Queenstown Lions Clubs exploring the idea of a hospice facility in the
resort as a community contribution to mark its 50th anniversary this
New president Michael White says in a chat with friends they agreed it
was sad those needing hospice care often had to spend their last days
two-and-a-half hours drive away in Invercargill.
It splits up families, etc.
Though Hospice Southland provides in-home care, he understands thats
not always practical, while theres no specialist palliative care available
at either Queenstowns Lakes District Hospital or the adjacent Lake
Wakatipu Care Home.
From talking to local medical professionals, the general feeling is
theres a need for a palliative care/respite facility within Queenstown.
Mayor Jim Boults also very supportive, White adds.
He likes the Wnaka model where theres a hospice suite and family
room within the Aspiring Lifestyle Retirement Village, which a
benefactor funded.
That facilitys run by Presbyterian Supports Enliven Aged Care Services
 it actually doesnt cost them anything to run it because end-of-life
funding is paid for by the government.
I think [the Wnaka model] would actually work extremely well, thats
probably all we need.
Whites inviting interested parties to a public meeting at Queenstown
Events Centres function suite this Wednesday, starting 1pm.
I would be surprised if the decision at the meeting wasnt to progress
The next step would then be to put together a sustainable business
He expects a facility would cost about $500,000.

Hes welcoming any feedback via lions@queenstown.co.nz

Source: Mountain Scene


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