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About Hospice Care

If you or someone close to you has been referred to hospice or palliative care, you may have questions.  which this section of our website aims to address.

These pages may also be of interest if you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, you are wondering what services may be available to you in the future and how to access them.

Typical concerns include:

  • What is hospice care?
  • Is it the same as palliative care?
  • At what point is someone referred to hospice/palliative care, and why?
  • Who receives hospice care? Is it available to everyone?
  • Who pays for hospice care? Is it expensive?
  • How can I get my relative or friend into a hospice? Can the Irish Hospice Foundation help?
  • What if there is no hospice in my area?  Can I get into a hospice in another part of the country?
  • We would like to keep my relative at home for as long as possible, but it is becoming very difficult, what help is available?

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Hospice Services in Ireland

Current Hospice Services There are nine inpatient hospices in Ireland; three in the Dublin area and one each in Cork, Limerick, Galway, Sligo, Donegal and Kildare. These cater for patients living within their catchment area only. Most hospice/palliative care in Ireland is delivered in the form of home care. These home care services are available in every county. You can […] Read more >

Definitions

Here are some key terms and phrases you will encounter in this website, and their definitions. Terms are presented in alphabetical order and are defined as we understand and use them in the Irish Hospice Foundation.   Bereavement care - Support, information and services available to bereaved people through their families,  friends, communities, workplaces, healthcare providers and […] Read more >

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