Sue’s gift of companionship

Sue has always been passionate about supporting people at end of life. During her career as a Social Worker, she worked for many years in a hospital supporting end of life patients.

Never one to slow down, Sue, now 73yrs old, came to Hospice West Auckland in 2017 to express that she would like to gift her time to those in our care. Since joining our team in 2017, Sue has generously gifted more than 200hrs of her time, as a Volunteer Patient Companion.

“It’s a privilege to be with people at this time in their lives, and with their families, and carers. It’s so simple to do this and it makes such a difference to the family”

The Hospice West Auckland Volunteer Companion Programme gives people in our care, and their whānau, that little bit of extra support. Companionship care makes a huge difference to alleviating loneliness and promoting positive mental health outcomes, all while assisting people to stay at home in the place that they are most comfortable.

By spending time with people in their homes, Sue offers the person we care for and their whānau, invaluable support. Her gift creates an opportunity for carers to have time to do simple things, like the groceries, while having the confidence that their loved one has a Hospice trained volunteer, keeping them company.

One of Sue’s favourite parts of being a patient companion is being able to spend time talking to the person in our care and listening to them. She is humbled by all the conversations she has and is grateful to be welcomed into peoples’ homes, to be a support and part of the whānau at such a poignant time in their lives.



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