What we do
Death and dying affects each and every one of us. Every year, 29,000 people die in Ireland and up to 290,000 are newly bereaved. The Irish Hospice Foundation strives for the best care at end of life for these people and practical support for their loved ones.
This is some of what we deliver:
- Hospice Home Care for Children: We provided the initial investment for five Children’s Outreach Nurses all around Ireland, two Consultant Paediatricians with a special interest in palliative care. We also provide ongoing training for healthcare staff.
- Education and Training: Every year nearly 2,500 people take part in our education and training programmes in aspects of good end-of-life care and bereavement.
- Nurses for Night Care: This free national service for people with illnesses other than cancer enables more people fulfill their wish to die at home.
- Hospice Friendly Hospitals and CEOL: This programme aims to improve end-of-life care in hospitals and is now being applied in residential care settings for older people through our CEOL programme.
- Innovation in primary care and in people’s homes: We support developments in these settings so that better end-of- life care can be delivered everywhere and for everyone.
- Innovation in new areas: We are committed to nurturing new areas. In 2013 we were able to attract philanthropic funding for an ambitious national programme, ‘Changing Minds’, which aims to promote excellence in end-of-life care for people living with dementia.
- Advocacy: Through advocacy and awareness-raising, we work to promote a better understanding of end-of-life care issues and to influence decision-makers to make services more widely available to all who need them. We actively promote discussion of issues related to dying, death and bereavement in order to identify Irish people’s concerns about these matters and consider how they might be addressed.