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Resources for end of life care


Acrylic Spiral (2)End of Life Symbol

This symbol appears on many of the resources developed by the Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme to respectfully identify items connected with the end of life in hospitals.

In conjunction with good practice in hospitals and care facilities, the symbol aims to add respect and solemnity to items used following the death of a person and to make resources relating to the end of life instantly identifiable. This symbol is displayed at the nurses’ station or at the ward/unit entrance to notify staff that a patient has died.

The symbol is inspired by ancient Irish history and is not associated with any one religion or denomination. The 3-stranded white spiral represents the interconnected cycle of life – birth, life and death. The white outer circle represents continuity, infinity and completion. Purple was chosen as the background colour as it is associated with nobility, solemnity and spirituality.

Download: A3 symbol HERE    Download: End of Life Symbol Explanation  Download:  Guidelines for the use of the End of Life Symbol are currently under review, please revisit this page shortly for updated guidelines.  

Cost: €35 per acrylic symbol or €24.50 when ordering five symbols. (Please note postage and packaging will increase the price quoted.)

Size:21cm x22cm

Contact: Mark Paisley or Leszek Wolnik at Fire Design 

Tel: +353 (0)1 4784088 

Email: (Enable Javascript to see the email address) or (Enable Javascript to see the email address)

 

Candle for bereaved relatives & friends

Hospitals are using this candle at remembrance and bereavement services. Feedback from bereaved relatives & friends has been extremely positive.

Candle resized

Cost:  Approximately €4 per candle.   Size: 4 inches

Contact:  Duffy & Scott, Tullamore. 

Tel:  +353 (0) 57 935 1089

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DoorsignEnd of Life Door Sign 

This sign is fixed to a ward or room door. The cover can slide across to reveal the end of life symbol. This symbol is displayed when a patient has died. 

Cost:  €34 + VAT per sign Size: 30cm x 15cm 

Contact: Dave Turner, Flynn Signs & Display Tel:  +353 (0)1 8727699 e-mail: (Enable Javascript to see the email address)  

 

Ward AltarWard Altar

An oak ward altar can be used in hospitals when a patient is dying or following their death. The top of the altar features the end of life spiral. Religious and cultural items relevant to end-of-life care can be stored inside.

Cost: Approximately €400 per altar

Contact:  Michael Devoy & Co. Ltd  Tel: +353 (0)1 4560280 email: (Enable Javascript to see the email address)

 

IMG_0296Handover bag

 The principle of the family handover bag is to promote a dignified and sensitive way of returning the deceased patient’s personal belongings to the family. A high quality bag should be used in place of a plastic bag.

 

 

Cost:

Quantity Price
25-50 bags € 4.50 per bag
100-200 € 4.00 per bag
300-500 € 3.75 per bag
600-1,000 € 3.50 per bag

 Please add VAT at 23 %. All prices include free delivery.

Contact: COTAB Ltd, Co.Cork Tel:  +353 (0)21 4510488 e-mail: (Enable Javascript to see the email address)

 

HANDOVER BAG - PERSONALISED FOR CARE SETTINGSHandover bag – personalised for care settings

The principle of the family handover bag is to promote a dignified and sensitive way of returning the deceased patient’s personal belongings to the family. A high quality bag should be used in place of a plastic bag.

Cost:

Quantity Price
25-50 bags € 6.50 per bag

Please add VAT at 23 %. 

Contact: DIAL-A-BAG, Kilternan, Co. Dublin Tel:  +353 (0)1 295 9938 e-mail: (Enable Javascript to see the email address)

 

Sympathy Cards-personalised for care settings

Sympathy Card

It is good practice for hospitals to send sympathy cards to the next-of-kin of those who die in the hospital.  Ideally, the sympathy card should be handwritten by a person who was involved in the care of the patient. Preferably a sympathy card would be sent prior to any bills from the hospital. Alternatively, hospitals may wish to purchase other cards or have their own cards designed.

Contact:  Christopher Earle. CE Printing, Limerick  Tel: +353 (0)61 600702 e-mail: (Enable Javascript to see the email address)

Cost:  Approximately €198 (excluding VAT) for 350 cards and envelopes  

 

Chin support

Chin support

Nor Mors is a chin support that is placed around the person’s neck and supported by the collarbone. It is partly hidden by the person’s shirt or blouse. The chin-collar was developed as a more dignified alternative to other equipment and practices used to keep the mouth closed. 

Contact:  Shepherds Mortuary & Funeral Supplies Tel:+353(0)43 3349702 email: (Enable Javascript to see the email address) Cost: 10 Pack €67.50 + VAT Standard size: Code 910229 Small size: Code 910229A        

 ContactMerchamp Ltds Tel: (0)1 8323766 email:(Enable Javascript to see the email address) Cost:200 Pack €4.95 per collar +VAT

 

Resource folderResource Folder

This folder can be made available on each ward/department in the unit/hosptial. It is a place to store guidelines, leaflets, check-lists and other end-of-life care information. It can be customised to include local unit/hospital information.   (Currently out of print)

Cost: €40 per folder. €100 for three folders     Purchase:  http://hospicefoundation.ie/shop/

                                       

 

MAP End of Life Care Map

This guide is designed for staff involved in any aspect of end-of-life care. It provides practical advice and prompts along the end-of-life journey from diagnosing dying to care after death.

Download: The ‘print-friendly’ map 

Cost:   €5 per map Contact:  Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme Tel: +353 (0)1 6730068   e-mail: (Enable Javascript to see the email address) 

                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

DrapeBed & Trolley Drapes 

A purple drape is available for use on mortuary trolleys when transporting the body of a deceased person through the hospital. The drape can be ordered in different sizes. The drape can also be used within the mortuary itself for viewing the body. 

A bed drape is available also for use on the ward. It can be used when family members are present to view the body. 

Contact:     NCD Medical Ltd.   Tel:  +353 (0)1 8834299  e-mail: (Enable Javascript to see the email address)

Cost:

Purple Mortuary Trolley Drape- Large

Order Code: HFH-TD/L

220cm wide x 360cm long75cm radius corners

Cost: €145 +VAT

Purple Mortuary Trolley Drape- Small

Order Code: HFH-TD/S

190cm wide x 330cm long60cm radius corners

Cost: €115 +VAT

 

Lilac Bed Drape-Standard Size

Order Code Lilac Drape:  HFH-BD/LIL  

220cm wide x 240cm long30cm radius at each of 2 corners (foot end)

Cost: €105 + VAT

 

Purple Bed Drape-Standard Size

Order Code: HFH-BD/PUR

220cm wide x 240cm long30cm radius at each of 2 corners (foot end)

Cost: €105 + VAT 

  

 

 

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