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LAUNCH OF E-LEARNING TRAINING COURSE FOR BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT VOLUNTEERS

Posted on: March 28th, 2013

Senator Marie Louise O’Donnell  today (28th March 2013) launched an innovative e-learning training course for bereavement support organisations and volunteers called Working With Loss which has been developed by the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) with help from bereavement support organisations,  in an effort to bridge the identified gaps in bereavement support. 

 Most people who are grieving can cope with their loss with social support, information and practical help with tasks.  Level 2 bereavement support is required when a person who is bereaved needs more help than that available from their natural network of family and friends. This bereavement care is relevant to a small percentage of people (approx 25%) and it gives them an opportunity to review and reflect on their loss.  This support is generally delivered by trained volunteers.

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Pictured at the launch of the innovative e-learning training course are Sharon Foley, CEO of The Irish Hospice Foundation and Senator Marie Louise O'Donnell

Pictured at the launch of the e-learning training course are Sharon Foley, CEO of The Irish Hospice Foundation and Senator Marie Louise O’Donnell

 

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REDESIGNED & REFURBISHED MORTUARY OPENS AT MERCY UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

Posted on: March 21st, 2013

 – THE FIRST MORTUARY IN IRELAND TO BE COMPLETED UNDER THE DESIGN AND DIGNITY GRANTS SCHEME

A redesigned and refurbished mortuary has been opened in the Mercy University Hospital in Cork today (Wed, 20th March) by RTE’s Maura Derrane under a Design and Dignity Grants Scheme initiated by the Irish Hospice Foundation’s (IHF)  Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme in partnership with the Health Service Executive (HSE).

The new facility at Cork’s acute city centre hospital is the first mortuary project to be completed under the Design and Dignity Grants Scheme and cost approximately €200,000 in total.  A grant of €126,325 was received from the Design and Dignity Grants Scheme and the balance was funded by contributions from the hospital and the Mercy University Hospital Fundraising Foundation.   

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Lord Mayor of Cork John Buttimer ,Sandra Daly CEO  Mercy University Hospital  , RTE's Maura Derrane and Micheal O’Reilly Chairman of The Irish Hospice Foundation  Pictured at the opening of the redesigned and refurbished mortuary.

Lord Mayor of Cork John Buttimer ,Sandra Daly CEO Mercy University Hospital , RTE’s Maura Derrane and Micheal O’Reilly Chairman of The Irish Hospice Foundation Pictured at the opening of the redesigned and refurbished mortuary.

 

National Pyjama Day in aid of Hospice Home Care for Children Programme

Posted on: March 8th, 2013

On behalf of all of us in The Irish Hospice Foundation a big thank you to all the staff, the parents and of course the children for taking part in the National Pyjama Day and helping raise much needed funds for our Hospice Home Care for Children Programme.

The money raised from the National Pyjama Day will go towards funding a network of Children’s Outreach Nurses who provide support to children with life-limiting conditions and their families in their home. They aim to ensure that these children have a good quality of life and happiness during their illness, promote quality family time together and support them in creating precious memories.

On behalf of the nurses, the children and their families – THANK YOU!

 

GROWING NEED FOR RESPITE CARE FOR CHILDREN WITH LIFE-LIMITING ILLNESSES

Posted on: March 6th, 2013

REPORT FINDS GROWING NEED FOR RESPITE CARE FOR CHILDREN WITH LIFE-LIMITING ILLNESSES 

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald T.D. today (March 4th) launched a national report into respite services for children with life-limiting conditions which highlighted that service deficits exist and families face challenges in accessing respite care.

 Respite Services for Children with Life-Limiting Conditions and their Families in Ireland. A National Needs Assessment found that while respite services are provided in all four Health Service Executive (HSE) regions, access was often dependent on the geographical location of the child and their diagnosis.  The report estimated that up to €7.6m was currently needed to provide respite care for about 812 children and €8.62m would be required to care for 925 children by 2021.  This works out as an average of less than €10,000 per child being invested in respite services. 

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Minister Frances Fitzgerald, Philomena Dunne, CEO of LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice and Sharon Foley, CEO of the Irish Hospice Foundation pictured at the launch of report Respite Services for Children with Life-Limiting Conditions and their Families in Ireland. A National Needs Assessment.

Minister Frances Fitzgerald, Philomena Dunne, CEO of LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice and Sharon Foley, CEO of the Irish Hospice Foundation pictured at the launch of report Respite Services for Children with Life-Limiting Conditions and their Families in Ireland. A National Needs Assessment.

THE IRISH HOSPICE FOUNDATION HAILS PALLIATIVE DEVELOPMENTS FOR CORK, KERRY AND THE SOUTH EAST

Posted on: March 1st, 2013

The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) has today (1st March) expressed delight with the significant developments that have been announced for palliative care services across the HSE South.    

The Regional Service Plan 2013 of HSE South includes the decision to progress a number of palliative care initiatives such as:

  • opening, on a phase basis, the 20 additional beds in Marymount Hospice in Cork
  • Progressing to design stage the regional specialist inpatient and day service in palliative medicine in Waterford
  • Starting the development of the satellite inpatient unit in palliative medicine at Kerry General Hospital

Sharon Foley, Chief Executive Officer of the IHF, commented: “These are wonderful developments for the people of Cork, Kerry and the south east.  The additional 20 beds announced for Cork sees the completion of the Marymount hospice development.  It is great to see a target date of 2015 for the opening of the 15 bed satellite centre in Kerry.  And the decision to start designing the regional hospice in Waterford is welcome news for the people of Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford.”

She continued: “These developments are testimony to the efforts of the hospice movement, the support of the public and the partnership approach adopted by the HSE.  We hope to see the steps outlined in this Service Plan being implemented during 2013.  We also hope to see further palliative care initiatives being unveiled in HSE Service Plans for other areas of the country.  It is vital that existing regional inequities in palliative care services are tackled.”