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Amazing holiday awaits… get involved in our Summer Raffle and support Nurses for Night Care Service

Posted on: March 23rd, 2017

Compassion in Hospitals – HSE consolidates the Hospice Friendly Hospital Programme

Posted on: March 23rd, 2017

A new group to copper-fasten the Hospice Friendly Hospital Programme in all adult, child and maternity hospitals across the country has been launched.

The Health Service Executive and Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) has announced the new Joint Oversight Group of the Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme today (Thursday, 23 March). Marie Lynch, IHF Head of Healthcare Programmes said: “An average 30,000 deaths occur in Ireland every year. Approximately 48 per cent of those people will die in an acute hospital. “The Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme is an initiative of the IHF to ensure that end-of-life, palliative and bereavement care is central to the everyday business of hospitals, and the best possible care is  available to people at end-of life and their loved ones at this difficult time.”
The Hospital Friendly Hospitals Programme has been adopted by 48 hospitals nationwide since it was established in 2007 to improve the standard of end-of-life care in Irish hospitals. The new Joint Oversight Group is being formed to further support the embedding of the Hospice Friendly Hospital Programme within HSE structures. It will also examine ways to expand and develop the programme across the hospital system where possible.
Dr Ciarán Browne, HSE Acute Hospital Division said: “We are very pleased to continue and extend our close working relationship with the Irish Hospice Foundation on the Hospice Friendly Hospital Programme. We recognise the importance of this work to patients, their families and staff. The HFH Programme supports our goal of creating a caring and compassionate environment across our hospital system.” Margaret McKiernan, Marie Lynch, Dr Ciaran Browne The new group is chaired by Professor Cillian Twomey. It includes experts from clinical programmes in palliative care, older persons, emergency department and paediatric care and will meet three times a year. The HFH programme co-ordinates three networks for hospital staff to promote improvements in end-of-life care from the perspective of patients, families and hospital staff; the Acute Hospital Network, Maternity/Children’s Network and The End-of-Life Co-Ordinator Network. The programme advocates for investment in palliative, end-of-life and bereavement care services at the hospital, hospital group and national levels. It develops and promotes the use of ceremonial resources such as the end of life symbol, family handover bags, drapes and ward altars. It also develops promotional and educational supports for all hospital staff. It co-ordinates the Design and Dignity Project which aims to transform the way hospital spaces are designed for people at end-of life. It provides expert advice and guidance directly to hospital staff to support the implementation of the Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme in their hospitals. Caption: Margaret McKiernan, Chairperson HFH Acute Hospital Network with Marie Lynch, Head of Health Care Programmes, Irish Hospice Foundation and Dr Ciaran Browne, National Lead, HSE Acute Hospital Division pictured at the announcement of new Joint Oversight Group of the Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme HFH Hub

RTE Feature Special Report on IHF Cycle

Posted on: March 20th, 2017

RTE's Claire Byrne Live did a recent special feature on our charity cycle from Porto to Lisbon in June.

Father and daughter Paul and Evelyn Kimmage, who are partaking in our cycle, speak about why everyone should be supporting end-of-life care. "It could be your loved one or it could be you."

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Cycle for Care – A Family Affair

Posted on: March 20th, 2017

Paul Kimmage and Daughter Evelyn pedal in aid of The IHF

Sports journalist and former professional cyclist Paul Kimmage this week called on cycling enthusiasts nationwide to join him and his daughter Evelyn on a 600km challenge in aid of The Irish Hospice Foundation this June. The duo, along with many others, will be leading the way in the picturesque Porto to Lisbon event and pedalling for the IHF’s Nurses for Night Care service. This service is provided via the Irish Cancer Society night nursing service. More information on using the night nursing service is available  here
Full details can be found HERE or by calling 01 6793188.
Repro Free: Monday 16th January 2017. Former cycling pro Paul Kimmage and his daughter Evelyn today called on cycling enthusiasts to join them and cycle for care on a 600km challenge in aid of The Irish Hospice Foundation this June. The duo, pictured in UCD today will be leading the way in the picturesque Porto to Lisbon event and pedalling for the IHF’s Nurses for Night Care service. Picture Jason Clarke. The Sunday Independent journalist said: “I’ve cycled for this worthy cause for the past two years. On those journeys I’ve heard inspirational stories from fellow cyclists about Nurses for Night Care service. Nurses work throughout the night enabling people to spend their final days at home with families by their side. This year my daughter Evelyn is joining me making it an even more special experience as family is everything.” “End of life affects every village and street. We all wish for a peaceful and comfortable experience for our dearest during their final chapter and this IHF service makes that possible. I’m encouraging cyclists of all abilities to join me and Evelyn and pedal the picturesque Portuguese coastline. It’s a hugely rewarding experience,” said Paul. The Kingspan-sponsored cycle, which has raised €1.5m for the IHF since it started in 2009, takes place from June 25th to July 1st along the charming coastline of Portugal. Helen McVeigh, IHF Events Manager, said 2,475 families have been cared for by the Nurses for Night Care service with 7,200 nights of care provided since it was established. This service is provided via the Irish Cancer Society night nursing service. “Pedal power can make a real difference so please join us and help support families and caregivers nationwide. Paul continues to be an amazing ambassador for this cycle and we’re delighted to have such a high profile sportsman leading the challenge and raising funds for this vital nursing service. Huge thanks to our sponsors Kingspan for their continued support and to all cyclists who’ve raised funds in the past.” This is a fantastic way to challenge yourself and see the beautiful coastline and countryside of Portugal. Starting in Porto and staying in historic towns along the way to Lisbon, you will be supported throughout your journey by our team.  Flights, accommodation and full board are included and full details can be found HERE or by calling 01 6793188. Repro Free: Monday 16th January 2017. Former cycling pro Paul Kimmage and his daughter Evelyn today called on cycling enthusiasts to join them and cycle for care on a 600km challenge in aid of The Irish Hospice Foundation this June. The duo, pictured in UCD today with Tommy Horkan age 9 and Laura Manning age 8 from Stillorgan, will be leading the way in the picturesque Porto to Lisbon event and pedalling for the IHF’s Nurses for Night Care service. Picture Jason Clarke. Caption: Former cycling pro Paul Kimmage and his daughter Evelyn today called on cycling enthusiasts to join them and cycle for care on a 600km challenge in aid of The Irish Hospice Foundation this June. The duo, pictured in UCD with Tommy Horkan age 9 and Laura Manning age 8 from Stillorgan, will be leading the way in the picturesque Porto to Lisbon event and pedalling for the IHF’s Nurses for Night Care service. Repro Free: Monday 16th January 2017. Former cycling pro Paul Kimmage and his daughter Evelyn today called on cycling enthusiasts to join them and cycle for care on a 600km challenge in aid of The Irish Hospice Foundation this June. The duo, pictured in UCD today with Tommy Horkan age 9 and Laura Manning age 8 from Stillorgan, will be leading the way in the picturesque Porto to Lisbon event and pedalling for the IHF’s Nurses for Night Care service. Picture Jason Clarke. Listen to Paul and Evelyn's radio ad urging cyclists to join them on the Porto to Lisbon cycle challenge

Public Enables 600 People to Die at Home in 2016 through our Nurses for Night Care

Posted on: March 7th, 2017
SIX hundred people with diseases other than cancer who were approaching death last year had their wish to die at home fulfilled with the support of Nurses for Night Care. The nationwide service supported by the Irish Hospice Foundation through donations from the public provides free night nursing care to people in their own home. Nurses stay throughout the night providing comfort and practical support to patients and their families. Retired pharmacist and mother of five Mona O’Riordan died peacefully at home with her daughter Aine by her side. Mona, originally a native of Birr, worked in her Dublin pharmacy until the age of 78 and was 92 when she died.
Aine said the family was “lucky” to make it possible for them to fulfil their mother’s expressed wish to die at home. “She had a really good life and a really good death, in her own bed, in her own home. You couldn’t ask for better than that.” 
“I’m not a nurse and I’d never been present at this stage of someone’s life before. The nurse was wonderful; from the moment she arrived she could not have been better. We knew she was going to mind our mother from a medical point of view but she also minded us. “We obviously miss her, but when you feel it couldn’t have gone any better that makes a real difference,” she said. Mona O'Riordan with family
Caption: The late Mona O’Riordan with family. Retired pharmacist and mother of five, Mona died peacefully at home with her daughter Aine by her side helped by the Nurses for Night Care service.  
Marie Lynch, IHF Head of Healthcare Programmes, said: “Three quarters of Irish people would like to die at home, according to IHF research but only approximately one in four get to do so. Support from Nurses for Night Care enables people to die at home if that is their wish.  70% of people die from non-cancer illnesses every year such as dementia, heart disease, motor neurone disease, advanced respiratory disease and end stage kidney disease. Demand for the service grows annually. We provided 100 nights of care when launched the service 11 years ago. That number grew to 2,027 nights in 2016 costing €649,171. Care was delivered in 26 counties across Ireland and we are so very grateful to everyone who donated to make this difference. Referrals are made by the Specialist Palliative Care home care team to us and it is then arranged for a nurse to visit the home,” concluded Ms Lynch. The IHF has an agreement with the Irish Cancer Society to provide the service. The IHF receives core funding from Pobal from the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government’s Scheme to Support National Organisations 2016-2019.  

Rose Room Refurbishment for University Maternity Hospital Limerick

Posted on: March 7th, 2017
University Maternity Hospital Limerick (UMHL) has been granted funding to refurbish their Rose Room as part of The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) and the HSE’s Design & Dignity Grants Scheme which transforms hospital spaces for patients at end of life. Approximately €7,200 has been provided – €5,003 of which is a Design & Dignity Grant with the remainder coming from UMHL. Marie Hunt, CMM2 Bereavement Counselling Midwife, UMHL, said: “On average there are 4,500 babies born here every year. Although the majority of women presenting at the Antenatal Clinic have a positive outcome, sadly there are women who experience fetal loss or fetal abnormalities.
Our ‘Rose Room’ is a quiet room for compassionate care where parents can receive difficult news in privacy. It is situated adjoining one of the main ultrasound rooms with an interconnecting door.  When a doctor or ultrasonographer identifies a fetal abnormality on the ultrasound scan or when a woman/couple have been asked to return to the hospital for the results of diagnostic tests, there needs to be a private dignified comfortable space where they can be met and cared for. For the remainder of their antenatal care the women need to have this space available for them if they wish,” said Ms Hunt.
Refurbishing the room will include painting the door and walls, change of flooring, installing soft lighting, removing the wall cupboards, installing soft furniture and adding an art feature. Clinical staff have been involved in drawing up the plans from the beginning, and many of the ideas have come from midwives, doctors and ultrasonographers working at the front line. “The newly refurbished Rose Room will represent our commitment to providing sensitive and compassionate care to women and their families when receiving bad news while providing a private and dignified space for them to receive their care,” added Ms Hunt. The Design & Dignity scheme previously funded a mortuary refurbishment in University Hospital Limerick as well as family rooms in St John’s Hospital and Nenagh Hospital and a bereavement suite in Ennis Hospital. Mary Lovegrove, Design & Dignity Project Manager with the IHF said: “The Design & Dignity programme has been running since 2010 and has funded 32 hospital projects across Ireland to date. Four important projects have already benefitted from the UL Hospital Group. We hope that this new ‘Rose Room’ will offer parents a dignified private space to be together at an intensely emotional time.
“Our vision for the Design & Dignity project is for an end of life sanctuary in every public hospital in the country by 2021 with approximately 60 projects completed as well as a HSE National Mortuary Capitals Programme underway,” concluded Ms Lovegrove.
Design & Dignity is a partnership project of the IHF and HSE Estates and originated in the IHF’s Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme. The HSE has adopted Design & Dignity Guidelines for all refurbishment and new builds. UMHL Staff Caption: Pictured recently are Staff at University Maternity Hospital Limerick including Noreen Mann, Eileen Ronan, Eileen Quinlan, Jean Rafferty, Maria Gibbons, Rita O’Brien and Marie Hunt. UMHL has been granted funding to refurbish their Rose Room as part of The Irish Hospice Foundation and HSE’s Design & Dignity Grants Scheme. The IHF receives core funding from Pobal from the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government’s Scheme to Support National Organisations 2016-2019.

VHI Women’s Mini Marathon – Hotfoot it for Hospice

Posted on: March 1st, 2017

Registration now open for Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon 2017

Join us for this year's Vhi Women's Mini Marathon Further details can be found  here WMM 2017 Poster