After 3 months of training and development, the newly developed Otago Community Hospice Aged Care clinical nurse specialist team is taking its 1st steps into the community.
The 3 members of the clinical nurse specialist team, Dunedin-based Sally Fleming and Jo Mitchell, and Central Otago-based Louisa Ingham, target to work with rest-homes giving hospital-level care for elderly patients throughout the region.
There are eighteen such facilities in Dunedin, 5 in Central Otago, 2 in Oamaru and 2 in Balclutha.
The clinical nurse specialists will give their guidance and support for staff in these facilities, who are increasingly providing end-of-life care.
“Residents getting hospital-level care are increasingly likely to be in their previous year of life, and requiring palliative care,” Mrs. Fleming claimed.
People were living longer and longer, with higher requirements, and one-third of New Zealanders who passed away each year were now dying in residential care facilities, she stated.
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