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Nurses for Night Care
"By the end we were exhausted. They came in and for the last six nights before she died we could take a full nights sleep and we knew that she was fine"
About the service
The Irish Hospice Foundation funds the 'nurses for night care service' for people dying with diseases other than cancer. This service provides nursing care, practical support and reassurance for the person and for their families in the last days of their life.
This service is provided via the Irish Cancer Society night nursing service.
Service is provided free of charge by the IHF
It is funded solely by donations from the Irish Public
The service has been funded by the Irish Hospice Foundation since 2006
Demand for night nursing grows about 15% every year
In 2015, over 1700 nights of nursing care was delivered to over 500 people across Ireland, and this cost over €500,000
If you would like to make a donation to the Irish Hospice Foundation please click here
What the service offers
Nurses for night care enables people with diseases like dementia, motor neurone disease, advanced respiratory disease, heart failure and end stage kidney disease to receive expert care and support at night in their own homes in their final days. It also provides reassurance and respite for families and loved ones caring for someone at home.
How to Access the service
Referrals to the service are made by your local Specialist Palliative Care home care team.
Click here to download the referral form for night nursing.
If you or your loved one is receiving this service, our thoughts are with you and your family