Rarotonga Home Healthcare ‘Toku Nei Ora’anga Ora – My Health, My Life’, Tarina Moorfield (left) and Maui Daniel’s premium nursing and health services are available to provide unwell and vulnerable people in the community with the best possible care in the comfort of their own homes. MELINA ETCHES/23102404
Rarotonga Home Healthcare ‘Toku Nei Ora’anga Ora – My Health, My Life’, a local privately owned health care service provider on the island is pleased to announce a recent new partnership with Pacific Homecare, a Charitable Trust organisation providing home-based health care and Whānau Ora services in Aotearoa New Zealand.
After months of preparation, the partnership has been
officially formalised generating excitement as the pilot programme prepares to
get off the ground.
Rarotonga Home Healthcare (RHH) is led by Cook Islands
nurses Maui Daniel and Tarina Moorfield who are both directors of the company.
Between them the women have over 30 years of nursing
experience locally and abroad.
They have been operating for a year now and are
overwhelmed with the significant demand for their services in the community.
Daniel says: “The elderly and vulnerable members of
our community are in desperate need of support and care. The existing
government assistance provided to Cook Islanders with significant health and
disability conditions is insufficient.”
Moorfield adds: “Within our community, numerous
individuals or couples are navigating through challenging circumstances,
supporting one another or themselves amidst hardship and despair.
“As health professionals, we consider it our duty to
advocate for these individuals and others alike, ensuring they receive the
necessary support and a quality of life they deserve as valued contributors to
our Cook Island society,” said Moorfield.
The pilot programme is focused on providing the best
possible care and support to the elderly, unwell and vulnerable individuals in
the comfort of their own homes.
Pacific Homecare Board has partnered with RHH starting
on the 1st October 2023 until the end of June 2024.
According to Hamish Crooks, the Chief Executive
Officer of Pacific Homecare, the partnership between RHH and Pacific Homecare
came about in July 2019 during the Cook Islands Health Conference in Rarotonga.
Pacific Homecare staff attended and delivered a
presentation on the services provided by them for the elderly and individuals
with disabilities in Auckland.
“The response to that presentation was an overwhelming
number of expressions of interest from people requesting the development of
similar support services for the elderly and disabled in the Cook Islands,”
He explained that in line with their strategic focus,
Pacific Homecare was keen to explore options and explore resources to scoping
out possible support services for the elderly in the Cook Islands.
This initiative was part of their “return home
project,” inspired by the founding trustees of Pacific Homecare, Mama Matarena
George and Mama Pi Elisaia, who initially began this work in New Zealand.
These women had started their nursing careers at
Rarotonga Hospital in the early 1960s.
In 2021, Pacific Homecare commissioned a scoping
report, which identified the necessity of taking initial steps which was to
pilot an in-homecare support services to further test the needs in Rarotonga
and were looking for options to implement such a pilot before committing
Crooks said in 2022 they came across the launch of
Rarotonga Home Healthcare services and in March 2023 potential collaborations
were discussed with Daniel and Moorfield.
He expressed that the key objectives in this
partnership is to provide in-homecare support services for the health and
wellbeing of elderly or people with a disability who require support in their
own homes in Rarotonga and identified by Rarotonga Home Healthcare service team.
“We will work with approximately 10 to 15
customers/clients during this period to be implemented by Rarotonga Home
Healthcare service team,” he said.
Pacific Homecare will be involved in the partnership
by initially providing seed funding for the pilot project as well as any
ongoing management and systems support identified by RHH.
The specific services Pacific Homecare will support will
be IN-Homecare support services i.e. Personal cares and Household Management
He said the focus is to maintain the quality of health
and wellness for the elderly where appropriate.
“In our partnership we intend to pilot this service
and review/evaluate what works, what improvements could we do, where are the
priority needs for services and accessibility of services?”
He said at this stage if the pilot is successful it is
the intention in the partnership to create a multi-year commitment between the
“There is no doubt that globally we have aging
populations and people living longer with more long term health conditions,”
“Our focus is to provide a better quality of life
where appropriate in peoples own homes as a start.
“Into the future there will be other needs in our
community i.e. Respite care and residential care.
“However our expertise and strengths as a health
provider and in partnership with Rarotonga Home Healthcare is the delivery of
services in customers/clients own homes as a starting point.”
RHH are welcoming anyone interested in this pilot
programme to reach out to their service to learn more about what is available.
Their company philosophy “Toku Nei Ora’anga Ora – My
Health, My Life” symbolises the range of services they provide from caregiving
to home health aide, health education, and assistance through navigating the
healthcare system to access other healthcare providers on the island.
You can contact Maui Daniel or Tarina Moorfield on
email@example.com, through Facebook, or 54473 or 57638.
Barbara Te Awhitu on 30/10/2023
Well done ladies, awesome work! I know you are much appreciated and needed by our cook island anau
Barbara & Tony Te Awhitu