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Message from Irish Hospice Foundation CEO on Funding

Posted on: January 21st, 2014

Message from the CEO

 The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) would like to extend belated good New Year wishes to our supporters and donors.

We would also like to reassure the public that we are making the best possible use of the funds that they have generously donated to us to ensure that people secure comfort and dignity at the end of life.

We know that you, the public, are very concerned about recent scandals concerning charities. We understand your concern and any doubts you might feel about the performance of the charity sector.

I would like to offer both reassurance and sound evidence about the transparency of the IHF and the quality of our work to reach those most vulnerable in our society – those at end of life and those left bereaved. 

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Challenge yourself to a cycle that matters!

Posted on: January 13th, 2014

Irish Hospice Foundation welcome more nursing home beds

Posted on: January 10th, 2014

The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF)  today (9th January) welcomed the announcement from the Health Service Executive that new nursing home beds are to open  from next week and home care support options are to be introduced.  However  it expressed concern that the decision to change the eligibility for housing grants could have an impact on whether people can fulfil their wish to live and die at home. 

Most people want to die at home 

 While an IHF survey in 2004 found that up to two thirds of people wish to die at home, only 26% of people actually die in their own homes.  More than seven out of 10 people die outside their homes,  43% in our acute hospitals.  An IHF hospital audit in 2010 found that over 80% of people entered hospital via the A&E.  It was estimated that up to one quarter of people could have died at home if the community supports were in place. 

Access should be based on need  

Sharon Foley, CEO of the IHF, commented: “We would be concerned at changes being made to any community support on the basis of age alone.  Access to State supports should be based on need. At the very least there is now a lot of confusion around eligibility for housing grants for older people and people with disabilities who live at home. This can cause a lot of stress for vulnerable people.  The Government must clarify what changes are being made to the three national schemes and particularly any safeguards there will be for people adversely affected by the changes.”   Download Full Press Release >>>   

Irish Hospice Foundation introduce complicated grief programme to Ireland

Posted on: January 9th, 2014

The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) announced today (9th January) the introduction of a Complicated Grief Programme to Ireland which will support bereaved people who have become overwhelmed by their grief.

 About 290,000 people are bereaved in Ireland every year.  It is estimated that between 3,500 and 7,000 people, for a variety of reasons are at risk of developing complicated grief. 

Natural grieving process derailed 

For most people, grief becomes more manageable with time and they find their own way through it with the support of family and friends.  In complicated grief, the natural grieving process is derailed.  People can suffer for years or even decades after a death with feelings of intense yearning, preoccupation with painful memories and difficulty re-engaging with life.

Complicated grief is now recognised as a mental health issue and has been included in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. Research has indicated that a treatment approach such as that developed by American bereavement expert Dr Kathy Shear - which addresses the impediments that keep grief from being integrated into someone’s life-  is effective in helping people come to terms with a difficult reality and facilitates a return to a good level of functioning. Grief never goes away entirely, but it can be transformed and integrated so it no longer dominates someone’s   life and they can again experience joy and satisfaction.

The programme was officially launched today by Dr Shear who is its patron. She also conducted a workshop for 30 Irish practitioners in how to implement the evidence-based treatment for complicated grief that she pioneered. She is a consultant to national and international groups working in bereavement and grief.  This was her second training visit to Ireland to up-skill Irish practitioners in effective treatment for complicated grief.  Her first training course took place in 2011 and was hosted by the IHF in partnership with the Psycho-Oncology Department of St Vincent’s University Hospital. 

Pioneering work 

Dr Susan Delaney who manages  the Complicated Grief Programme, has trained under Dr Shear for the past two years.   She commented: “Dr Shear has done pioneering work in this area and her complicated grief protocol has provided a new way to treat complicated grief that offers hope to both practitioners and bereaved persons who are stuck in their grief.”

She continued: “Our Complicated Grief Programme will consist of a small clinical practice but the main thrust of the programme will be capacity building to ensure that Irish people presenting with complicated grief have access to effective treatment.” 

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GRANT CALL 2014 NOW OPEN – DEVELOPMENT IN HOSPICE & PALLIATIVE CARE

Posted on: January 7th, 2014

The Irish Hospice Foundations grant scheme A is now open for 2014 applications.

This grant scheme is aimed at assisting development in palliative care. Capital development applications are excluded. Applicants should demonstrate rigour and sound evaluation in proposals and indicate where services would be developed. The scheme is open to clinicians, other professionals and/or managers in hospice/palliative care in Ireland. Research applications will not be accepted.

Full details are application forms are available HERE

 

 

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Posted on: January 6th, 2014