Our Model of Care

Model of Care

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Dove Hospice supports people with life-threatening illnesses, and their families and carers.

The Dove Model of Care supports and empowers people in the community to navigate holistically through the process of living with, and dying from life threatening illness and its consequences.

We support patients from life-threatening diagnosis through to either A RETURN TO WELLNESS (where the patient can expect recovery) or to MINDFUL WELLNESS (where  the patient has a terminal diagnosis).   


How do we support patients?

  • Assist the patient to make a connection with themselves of self-awareness

  • Promote self-care

  • Support treatment choice


What is the Model of Care?

  1. Initial holistic assessment including assessment of emotional, mental, spiritual and physical wellbeing

  2. Create care plan in consultation with patient including focusing on what’s most important to them right now i.e. anxiety and fear

  3. Implement care plan  using an array of available services: psycho therapeutic counselling, complimentary therapies, palliative and oncology nursing consultations, medical counselling with palliative care doctor, support groups (for patients, carers and family members), relaxation sessions and information forums such as dietician services.

  4. Care plan reassessment carried out on regular basis to ensure the patient is cared for throughout their ever shifting journey.

How do I access Dove House services?

  • You must have a diagnosis of illness that is life threatening.

  • You do not need to have a terminal diagnosis.

  • You currently may be having curative treatment for your illness.(eg. surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy) and need support through this time.

Do I need a referral from my doctor?

  • No, you can refer yourself, or you can be referred by a family member or friend, your GP or other health care provider who is known to you and has your permission.

Do I need to live in a certain area?

  • No, our patients and their families do not need to be within any geographical boundary.