Visionwest has a team of more than 1,300 support workers who deliver care to over 7,500 people in their own homes with the aim of preserving independence, dignity and quality of life.
One such client was June* who had needed some extra help at home for seven years.
June lived with her daughter Maia* who was her primary carer but Maia began experiencing her own health issues and in 2019 required surgery to amputate her leg below her knee due to complications with diabetes.
It was a double blow for Maia, not only was she facing her own difficult health challenges, but she also had the added burden of worrying about how her mum would be looked after while Maia recovered from her surgery.
While Maia was in hospital, June went into respite care. Then, when Maia was well enough to return home, she was allocated her own home healthcare hours to assist with both personal care and household management.
Visionwest Support Workers prepared careful plans to make sure both mum and daughter were well supported at home especially as June moved into the last phase of her life.
June has since passed away having fulfilled her wish of spending her final days at home. It was especially touching that the whānau reserved a front row at the funeral for all the Support Workers who had helped June.
*Meeting the needs of people who come to Visionwest for help with compassion, dignity, and manaakitanga is our top priority so, while June and Maia’s story is real, we’ve changed their names and used a photo of one of our Home Healthcare team to protect their privacy.
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