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Taoiseach announces €500,000 in new Design & Dignity Grants

Posted on: October 29th, 2014

Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny T.D, has announced the distribution of grants of €500,000 towards transforming spaces in hospitals for people at end of life.

Mr Kenny announced the funding at the official opening of a new family room at Mayo General Hospital-Saolta University Health Care Group in Castlebar. The family room was funded under the Design & Dignity Grants scheme which is operated and co-funded by the Irish Hospice Foundation, (IHF) and the Health Service Executive, (HSE).

Every year 30,000 people in Ireland die, and 43% pass away in acute hospitals. The project aims to transform the way hospital spaces are designed for people at the end of life, and to set the standard for other hospitals to follow.

To date 11 projects have been funded across the country under the Design & Dignity scheme at a cost of €1.5m. The second round of grants of €500,000 will help fund up to 13 new projects and work will include re-designing viewing rooms, upgrading mortuaries and providing space where bad news can be broken sensitively.

 

New Projects

The list of hospitals who will avail of the new grants is currently being finalised but  Portiuncula Hospital--Saolta University Health Care Group in Ballinasloe, Co Galway and The Mater in Dublin will be amongst the beneficiaries.

The new family room in Mayo General Hospital provides an area where relatives and friends of a patient receiving end of life care can gather. Providing an oasis of calm it incorporates a kitchenette, eating and living space in a homely environment. The room can also be used for overnight accommodation.

The project also includes the building of a new welcoming reception area with a back room for private conversations and a new multidisciplinary area with a large window to allow natural light to spill onto a previously long, dark ward.

For full press release click here

Take part in Best Will in the World Week: 20-24th October

Posted on: October 29th, 2014

BEST WILL IN THE WORLD WEEK Returns!

Best Will in the World Week takes place from Monday, 20th October until Friday, 24th October. During this week, participating solicitors from across Ireland will offer initial will consultations for a flat fee of just €50 to people who are considering making a will or would like to amend an existing will.
Pictured at the gates of Leinster House to officially launch the fourth annual Best Will in the World Week are (l-r) Minister Damien English; Susan O’Dwyer, Chairperson, MyLegacy; Terence Flanagan TD; Senator Mary Moran; Mícheál Sheridan, Vice-chairperson, MyLegacy; Senator Hildegarde Naughton; and Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy TD.
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Pictured at the gates of Leinster House to officially launch the fourth annual Best Will in the World Week are (l-r) Minister Damien English; Susan O’Dwyer, Chairperson, MyLegacy; Terence Flanagan TD; Senator Mary Moran; Mícheál Sheridan, Vice-chairperson, MyLegacy; Senator Hildegarde Naughton; and Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy TD.

Organised by MyLegacy, which is an umbrella group of over 70 of Ireland’s favourite charities, the campaign encourages people to avail of expert, impartial and independent advice on the importance of making a will, while also asking people to consider leaving a gift to charity. There are almost 500 solicitors already signed up to participate. Speaking at the launch of this year’s Best Will in the World Week campaign at Leinster House, Susan O’Dwyer, Chairperson of MyLegacy and CEO of Make-A-Wish Foundation said: “It is so important to make a will; however, the instance of leaving a gift to charity is still relatively low. In our experience, this is often because people don’t realise that they can leave a gift to charity in this way. Best Will in the World Week plays a vital role in putting this issue front of mind by reminding people of the positive difference that they can make when they leave a gift – regardless of the size – to charity. It is one of the best ways of helping the charity to continue the already great work that they are doing. The first step in doing so is to make an appointment with your local solicitor to make a will or change your existing will and this initial consultation is available for a flat fee of €50 during Best Will in the World Week.” Susan concludes: “We all have a charity or a cause that is particularly close to our hearts; by leaving a gift to charity we can help ensure that the work of our favourite causes continues to live on. It is a wonderfully rewarding experience that can benefit so many other people after you have gone.” Making a will is easier, cheaper and more straightforward than people often think, while not having a will can cause problems, both legal and personal, that could be easily avoided. Best Will in the World Week gives people the chance to access effective and practical advice on making a will for a nominal fee, which could save on financial issues for loved ones later on.

Best Will in the World Week takes place from Monday, 20th October to Friday, 24th October. A full list of participating solicitors and charities is available on the Best Will in the World Week website – www.bestwill.ie

The Irish Hospice Foundation is a proud member of MyLegacy.ie To view/download press release, please click HERE

Three quarters of Irish people want to die at home according to our survey on attitudes to end of life

Posted on: October 29th, 2014

Three quarters of Irish people want to die at home according to new Irish Hospice Foundation survey on attitudes to end of life. 

  •  42% of people say there is either “much” or “urgent” room for improvement in end of life care
  •  53% of people have experienced the death of a loved one in the last two years
  •  39% of people have not given any thought to making a will

Dying at Home a priority   

The vast majority of Irish people want to spend their dying days at home, but the reality is only a quarter will get to do so, a major new survey on Irish Attitudes to Death, Dying and Bereavement reveals.

The poll of 891 adults commissioned by The Irish Hospice Foundation, (IHF), shows that almost three quarters of people, (74%), wish to be cared for towards the end of their lives at home, compared to 67% per cent who expressed the same wish in a similar poll carried out ten years ago.

 However the evidence is that most people will die in a hospital setting. The survey shows that of those who lost someone close to them in the last two years 38% died in a hospital, 26% at home, 12% in nursing/residential home and 11% in a hospice.

The findings are based on a survey conducted by Behaviour & Attitudes in May 2014 and managed by Dr. John A Weafer. It is the second national survey on Irish attitudes to death and dying commissioned by the IHF. The last one was in 2004.

Dissatisfaction with level of end-of-life care 

The latest survey shows a high level of general dissatisfaction amongst people about the level of care for people who are dying or terminally ill. A total of 42% of people believe there is “much or urgent” room for improvement. 11% say care is poor and needs to be addressed “urgently”. Only 6% think care is excellent while 50% say care is “good” but could be improved.

For those who have recently experienced the death of someone close care ratings were much more positive – only 14% said that there was much or urgent need for improvement.

38% of those surveyed say they are unsure that their preferred location for their final stages of life will be available to them. 15% felt it wouldn’t be – but just under half, (46%), say they are confident their preferences will be available to them.

 The survey shows an increase in the appetite in Ireland for talking about death and dying with 57% of people saying there is not enough discussion, up from 51% in the 2004 survey. 23% of people say they are “completely comfortable” discussing death.

However there has been no change in the last decade in relation to what is important to people in the last days of life. 82% say their top preference is to be surrounded by loved ones, while 70% have a preference to be free from pain and have the condition managed by medication.

Survey Highlights  

Other survey highlights include; 

  •  Over half, (53%), of people have experienced the death of someone close during the previous two years.
  •  47% and 35% of respondents respectively thought suicide and accidental death are amongst the top three causes of death. In actual fact these causes account for only 5% of deaths in Ireland each year.
  •  While attitudes towards discussing death and dying are positive, more than three quarters, (76%) of people have not appointed an enduring power of attorney.
  •  73% of people have not written an advance care directive or given direction on their end of life care preferences
  • 39% of people have not given any thought to making a will
  • 34% of people have recorded their preferences on organ donation but 23% have taken no action on it
  • 53% of people have given serious consideration to whether they want to be cremated or buried. 

Read the full report HERE 

Download the full press release here  

Irish Hospice Foundation launches Anne Merriman Scholarship in Palliative Care Education

Posted on: October 29th, 2014

THE Irish Hospice Foundation, (IHF), honoured internationally recognised pioneer of the hospice movement in Africa and Nobel Peace Prize 2014 nominee, Dr Anne Merriman, at an event in Dublin on Saturday, (October 11th).

In recognition of her work the IHF announced the establishment of a €10,000 scholarship in Dr Merriman’s name which will allow a student to undergo medical education in Uganda.

Dr Merriman, (79), was born in Liverpool to Irish parents and did her medical training in UCD in the 1960’s. She is credited with developing hospice and end of life care across Africa, introducing affordable oral morphine utterly transforming end of life care for cancer patients. She says it is a human right to die free of pain and at peace.

 For full information click here 

Applications for 2015 development grants now invited

Posted on: October 29th, 2014

Our 2015 development grant programme is now open for applications. 

Grant aims & Themes 

Our grants aim to support projects furthering national policy on palliative care and addressing challenges in provision of palliative care. 

As part of our 'Changing Minds' programme to promote excellence in palliative care for people with dementia we are particularly inviting applications addressing;   

  • Community supports for people with dementia at end of life
  • Palliative care for people with young onset dementia
  • good practice for people with dementia at end of life using case study methodology 

Application

Full guidelines for grant application are available HERE 

Application details available HERE  

Please note the earlier closing date this year for receipt of applications 5pm Friday November 14th 2014.

Minister launches new Childhood Bereavement Care Pyramid

Posted on: October 29th, 2014

The Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, Dr. James Reilly, launched a new framework to guide bereavement support for children and young people.

The Childhood Bereavement Care Pyramid, developed by the Irish Children’s Bereavement Network (ICBN), is to be rolled out over the coming months through communities, general practices and health services around the country.

The care pyramid was unveiled at the first Irish conference on childhood bereavement in Dublin Castle on Saturday. Organised by the ICBN with the theme “Bereaved Children and young people:Understanding the frameworks of support” the conference explored various aspects including the role social networking sites play in young people’s grief.

The ICBN is funded by Tusla the Child and family Centre and by The Irish Hospice Foundation, who also host the network.

For full information click here

Mace are IHF’s latest Charity Partner

Posted on: October 29th, 2014

We are delighted to announce that Mace have selected The Irish Hospice Foundation as their charity partners.  They are generously donating 1c from sales of selected own-brand products and 10c from selected own-brand water.  

We are thrilled with this support which will help our Nurses for Night Care Service – a free service in the home for those at end of life.  Mace have stores all over the country and we are looking forward to working with them throughout our partnership.  

Why not pop into your local – your daily shop could also help raise funds for us ! Watch this space for details of other fundraising news and activities in store …

Meanwhile, we send huge thanks to all our friends at Mace!

 

First Irish conference on childhood bereavement open for booking

Posted on: October 29th, 2014

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The Irish Childhood Bereavement Network (ICBN) will host the first Irish conference on childhood bereavement on October 4th in Dublin Castle.

The conference addresses creation of frameworks of support for those supporting a bereaved child and will focus on social media, voluntary group support and traumatic loss. A personal reflection will be shared by Irish Times journalist Roisin Ingle, who lost her own father when she was aged eight.  

The conference costs €48 for ICBN members, €58 for an early bird ticket and €68 full price. It will take place from 9:30am- 4pm and includes a light lunch. 

Full details and booking information available HERE >>>  

 

 

 

A MASSIVE THANK YOU TO LLYODSPHARMACY FOR THEIR AMAZING SUPPORT!

Posted on: October 29th, 2014

We are delighted to announce that Celebration Weekend for Irish Hospice Foundation at LloydsPharmacy stores across Ireland turned out to be a huge success. They have raised an incredible €80,000 to help our work and also support local hospice services. It s a truly amazing achievement and we would like to thank each and every one of LloydsPharmacy loyal customers who came to their stores over the weekend and participated in all the fun events and activities organised by their local pharmacy and also made a purchase.

 

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!