Life made easier for patients thanks to Contact Energy Renal Fund

The Contact Energy Renal Fund continues to support Northland dialysis patients by funding applications of up to $1000 towards items that would improve their quality of life on home dialysis. The Contact Energy Renal Fund was set up in 2009 with an endowment of $25,000 to help renal patients dialysing themselves at home. The Northland Foundation manages the Fund on behalf of Northland District Health Board. Renal social workers at Northland DHB assist patients throughout the year to apply for whatever is needed to lessen the hardships they often face. Northland DHB Renal Manager Cheryle Kiwi describes the fund as a “blessing” which can be used to pay for a variety of things which help to support patients to dialyse at home. This includes covering electrical costs associated with dialysis treatment or for recliner chairs for comfort whilst dialysing. Ms Kiwi said there are 58 patients on homebased dialysis throughout the region, and 14 had received grants from the fund this year. “It’s made a big difference to patients who would be
significantly disadvantaged without this financial support. These items really improve the person’s quality of life as well as enhancing their safety and comfort at home.”