To provide a holistic model of care, in partnership with other service providers, that is inclusive and allows access to best-practice cancer and life-limiting illness support, respite or hospice care. Supporting the individual and their family with client-centred, quality-of-life enhancing programs of care, trained volunteer palliative carers and, where applicable, nursing care.
Who we are
Tweed Palliative Support’s successful home hospice service has been operating since 1998. As the charity is not government funded by NSW Health, the Wedgetail Retreat hospice was realised by the generosity of the community.
The hospice property was purchased by TPS in 2009 and the low interest loan completed by the end of 2014. The hospice was officially opened with registered nursing staff 24/7 and trained volunteer palliative carers in February 2015. Partners are welcome to stay and at times, families too! Special pets are also assessed for their suitability at the hospice.
People may request our service themselves or be referred by a doctor or other health professional. Prospective clients are assessed to ensure the service is suited to their needs. The hospice offers an uplifting alternative to a busy hospital or nursing home.
TPS provides home hospice care and is run mainly by trained palliative care volunteers. Over 80 volunteers dedicate more than 38,000 hours each year to provide support and comfort to those experiencing a life-limiting illness and their families. Additionally, we have volunteers working in the Op shops and our office.
From our President and Volunteer Co-ordinator, Meredith Dennis, through to our registered nurses and volunteer carers, we are passionate about comforting and inspiring others in challenging times.