Little Haven Palliative Care and Cancer Support Inc

MISSION STATEMENT

“To excel in providing compassionate care and living support to meet individual and family needs.”

Little Haven Palliative Care is dedicated to the delivery of the highest quality of care, support and education for those experiencing or anticipating serious illness and loss in the Gympie and surrounding region. When anyone in our community is facing a terminal illness we want the hands of Little Haven to be there.

Little Haven Palliative Care founded in 1980 by Mrs Phyllis Little’s desire for better care of the dying, was an early pioneer of Palliative Care in Australia and and is today recognised as a provider of gold standard community based palliative care.  In our community people know that at the end of life Little Haven will be there to support them and support their advanced care choices.  Providing care at the right time in the right place.

Over our 38 year history we have developed, shaped and expanded our service to meet the community needs; constantly evolving and introducing improved supportive services like complementary therapies, bereavement support, respite care and support to renal dialysis and chemotherapy patients – setting the standards for all Australians.

At the heart of our mission is enhancing the quality of remaining life, so that those in the final stage of life can live as fully, independently, and comfortably as possible. Our model of care which values early access to palliative care at any time in the disease trajectory and genuine 24/7 on call support to minimise hospital presentations is reflective of that mission.

Little Haven has a long history in Qld of enabling people in our community to

  • Receive health and social care that supports their well being, irrespective of their diagnosis, sex, gender, age, socio-economic background or proximity to death.
  • Discuss and plan for future possible decline in health,  preferably before a crisis occurs, and are supported to retain independence for as long as possible.
  • Know how to help and support each other at times of increased health need and in bereavement, recognising the importance of families and communities working alongside formal services.

“To the team at Little Haven. Such beautiful care you all gave to my husband while he was so very ill. It’s so comforting to have such wonderful nurses out there, knowing when called you would be there. I could not have done without your kind help.” – Family Member

SERVICE AREA:

Little Haven provides palliative services to Gympie, Qld and surrounding areas which covers a population of approximately 55,000 over an area of 9000 km² .

The Gympie Local Government Area has an older demographic, well above the State average for Population by age group (Current Gympie 20.3% 65+ / Qld 14% 65+) with this trend predicted to continue in the next 20 years. 49.7% of the regions residents are in the lowest quintile for socio-economic disadvantage and have a higher rate of mental health problems (17.3; QLD 14.4).

OVERVIEW 

Admission to Little Haven’s services have consistently increased each year – last year (2017/18) Little Haven supported 228 Palliative admissions and 260 Bereavement Support clients.

Little Haven’s team of Specialist nurses (on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – averaging 90 visits per week and an additional 18 after hours calls weekly), Social Workers – to provide assistance with accessing support services and providing bereavement counselling,  respite care volunteers and complementary therapist volunteers, work with the treating doctors, to provide comprehensive support for the physical, emotional,
psychological and spiritual needs of the individual.

By taking quality hospice palliative care into the home our goal is to offer an opportunity for people with a terminal illness – and their loved ones – to have the highest quality of remaining life.

Little Haven receives approx 35% Government funding for it’s palliative care services and relies on the generosity of the local community and our hard working volunteers to fund in excess of $600,000 annual shortfall in funding.  In 2019 we look forward to relief from our year round fundraising with a renewed funding contract with Q Health.

Our history of volunteering, support and fundraising in this community not only bears a responsibility to deliver exceptional care, but has helped shape compassion in our community. Gympie has engaged with our vision that it takes a village to care for their dying and the ripples of this vision have spread out into the community.

A compassionate community caring for our own. 

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