Day hospices provide centre-based activities and support for people living with a life-limiting illness who are living in the community and are able to travel to the day hospice location. Day hospices aim to support people through their illness, managing symptoms and promoting wellbeing.
Activities may include cooking, gardening, craft, various therapies, conversation, companionship and other tailored one off support such as the Western Health/Mercy Palliative Care ‘Wellcare Wishes’, where a person expresses a wish and an experience is tailored to suit them and their family in order to create special memories. Staffing includes a mix of nurses, counsellors and volunteers. Medical support is also available. Benefits include time-out (respite) for carers.
Residents of NW Metro can access two day hospices.
The Palliative Day Care program at Caritas Christi in Kew
Referrals Phone: 9231 5000 (Caritas Christi switchboard)
Fax: 9231 5556
The Wellcare program at Sunshine Hospital
Phone: 8345 1226
Fax: 8345 0148