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Design & Dignity Grants 2018: Apply Now!

Posted on: May 16th, 2018
           
Following the tremendous success of the first three rounds of Design & Dignity Projects, the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) and the HSE have today announced a new fund for another round of projects.
Recognising how deeply people are affected by their surroundings, the Design & Dignity Project has developed a range of ‘exemplar’ projects within public acute hospitals. To date, over 30 projects around Ireland have been supported.
Hospitals around Ireland will benefit from the grant fund, which is operated and co-funded by the IHF and HSE, which will help transform older/dated spaces including family rooms, gardens and mortuaries.
For further details, click here

Don’t miss Dublin Choral Festival!

Posted on: May 15th, 2018
Please join us for a very special concert on Saturday 16 June 2018 at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin, in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation.
The Dublin Choral Festival returns for a third year and there will be 130 performers, consisting of seven choirs from across the United States with 110 choristers alongside a jazz ensemble and Dublin’s Kaleidoscope (Ensemble) will perform in the hallowed halls of Christ Church Cathedral.
The theme for the concert is ‘Sounds of Spirituality', a concert for Bloomsday and features contemporary works from both sides of the Atlantic.
To find out more, click here.

Could you be our Public Engagement Officer?

Posted on: May 9th, 2018
The Irish Hospice Foundation is seeking to attract a Public Engagement Officer to support the engagement of the public and relevant communities (including other NGOs, public & civic groups and patient groups) across Ireland. The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) is Ireland’s only national organisation dedicated to dying, death and bereavement.
This pivotal role will act a champion and point of contact for all engagement with the public and relevant communities; develop and strengthen links with individuals, communities and groups who have an interest in shaping new opportunities to build personal skills and resilience; organising and supporting events and initiatives for a good death and healthy grieving – bringing to life the People’s Charter.
No one should face dying, death or bereavement without the care and support they need.
The deadline for applications is Thursday 24 May 2018, 5pm.
Find out more here

MSc Loss & Bereavement: Apply now.

Posted on: April 17th, 2018

** Application Deadline extended **

There is still time to apply for our Postgraduate Courses in Loss & Bereavement.
Our courses are delivered in partnership with the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland and are aimed at professionals whose work brings them into contact with bereavement and loss
Closing date for applications is Tuesday 19 June, 5pm.
For more details & to apply, click here.
 

The People’s Charter on Dying, Death and Bereavement in Ireland

Posted on: January 24th, 2018
Thank you for helping us create an Irish charter on death, dying and bereavement in Ireland
At the Irish Hospice Foundation, we believe achieving excellence in end-of-life care is about supporting each person to live as well as possible to the end of their life so they can die with dignity and humanity and so those left behind can grieve well.
In 2016, we remembered Ireland’s achievements over the past 100 years. At that time we asked you, in the spirit of the national declaration to ‘remember, reflect and re-imagine’, to remember and reflect on your experiences of death and bereavement and re-imagine what it make take to facilitate a good death. For us all there will come a time when we will need care through illness, at the end of life and in bereavement. It’s important to understand how people look at death and dying so we can make sure correct supports are in place. You were able to tell us this based on your experiences, knowledge, hopes and fears. We found out what Irish people think is required for a good death and grieving.
Please click here to read  The Peoples's Charter on Dying, Death & Bereavement in Ireland Thank you for your support.
     
Joe - A Survey Participant
“When I was 20 my Mum died. There were 10 of us. We were our own support, friends didn’t understand. We expected the whole world to stop. It didn’t, but it changed forever”

Booking now open: Workshops on Loss & Bereavement 2018

Posted on: January 16th, 2018
 

Do you work with bereaved? In 2018, the Irish Hospice Foundation will once again host a series of Workshops on Loss and Bereavement. These are for professionals and volunteers who are working with those who have experienced a major loss. Booking is essential. For the full list of workshops and booking details, click here

Join Paul & Evelyn Kimmage on our CSI: Cyle for Care this June

Posted on: January 10th, 2018
Sports journalist and former professional cyclist Paul Kimmage is calling on cycling enthusiasts nationwide to join him and his daughter Evelyn on the CSI: Cycle for Care in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) this June. The duo will lead the way, covering 600km across the stunning landscapes of Croatia, Slovenia and Italy in just 5 days. They will be pedalling for the IHF’s Nurses for Night Care service, which provides care to people in their own homes at the end of life right around the country. This is a fantastic way to challenge yourself and see the beautiful mountains and beaches of Croatia, Slovenia and Italy. Starting in Piran and staying in picturesque towns along the way to Trieste, you will be supported throughout your journey by the IHF team.  Flights, accommodation and full board are included and full details can be found here or by calling 01 6793188. Registration closes Friday 16 March. Read more here.

CEOL Compassionate End of Life in Residential Care Centres – A Quality Improvement Approach

Posted on: November 23rd, 2017
Photographer - Paul Sherwood paul@sherwood.ie 087 230 9096

Irish Hospice Foundation CEOL ‘Compassionate End of Life’ programme launch

CEOL which stands for ‘Compassionate End of Life’ empowers all staff to provide the best possible end-of-life care for people living in residential care centres (RCC) in Ireland.

 

“All of us want assurance that the care our loved ones receive at end of life in residential care should be the best. The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) developed the Journey of Change programme to enable RCC (where 25% of people die each year) continually review and reflect the care they provide at end of life and introduce changes so that residents needs and their families are met in a truly holistic manner. We are very proud and grateful to the 100 RCC sites that participated in the first phase of the p rogram, and particularly those who engaged in the evaluation, which has informed the next phase CEOL” according to Marie Lynch, Head of Healthcare programmes, Irish Hospice Foundation.

 

This launch is the next step to introduce a national framework that will enable residential care centres keep a constant focused on providing compassion at end of life for residents, families and staff.

Partnership

The Irish Hospice Foundation is pleased to announce our partnership with Beechfield Care Group, and we are delighted that Sarah McMickan CEO of Beechfield Care Group will formally launch the CEOL programme.  We have agreed to work together to achieve the recognition amongst providers and policy makers that end-of-life care is a key component of quality care in nursing homes, and will be advocating for required investment to ensure this takes place.

 

“As CEO of Beechfield Care Group, I am very aware of how important it is for the residential care sector to continually seek improvements from the broadest perspective in the delivery of person centred care as residents approach the end of their life.  For this reason I am delighted to launch the Irish Hospice Foundation CEOL programme; it will be very helpful to the sector to have a formal framework to support the delivery of compassionate care at end of life. This will become increasingly important with the change in Ireland’s demographics, and more people dying in residential care settings,” said Ms Mickan.

 

In Ireland there are currently over 28,000 people living in residential care, with approximately 7,000 people dying each year in these settings. As highlighted by the latest ERSI report (Projections of demand for healthcare in Ireland, 2015-2030) the number of people living in nursing homes is projected to increase by between 40 to 54 per cent by 2030.

 

Providing compassionate care for residents approaching the end of their life is a fundamental component of person-centred care.  The CEOL Programme enables staff to continuously review, reflect and improve the end-of-life care they provide for residents, their families and the staff themselves. The programme embeds a continuous quality improvement approach and is built around the needs of the individual, with the resident always at the heart of every decision.  Good end-of-life care is about being supported to live well until you die.

Pilot

The pilot phase of the programme called ‘A Journey of Change’ ran from 2015 to 2016 in which over 100 RCC’s participated in. Dr Kathy Walsh (KW Research and Associates Ltd) conducted an independent evaluation of the Journey of Change programme and found that that it has the capacity to improve end-of-life care in participating residential care centres.  “Where all elements of the Programme have been implemented, there have been significant changes in practice in relation to End-of-Life Care (EOLC) planning, at time of death and after death, with staff less likely to want to transfer patients to hospital toward end of life.” (Dr Kathy Walsh, 2017).

 

The feedback from staff has been extremely positive, with staff reporting that their confidence and communication skills in relation to end-of-life care had improved as a result of their participation in the Programme. The Journey of Change Evaluation report also identified staff development in term of recognising and providing caring to a dying person, accessing specialist palliative care earlier, accessing GP services earlier, pain management and supporting the person to die in the care centre as per the wishes of the resident.

 

Staff from St Oliver Plunkett Community Hospital who have participated in the programme have reported ‘because we are more confident talking to our residents about death and end of life, we have a lot more conversations with them about what they want, like and dislike.  As a result, we know a lot more about what our residents want at end of life and we do our very best to give them what they want’.

Annual November Public Information Evening on Bereavement 2017

Posted on: November 9th, 2017
Our annual November public information evening on bereavement was held on 2nd November.  This annual event aims to provide information about grief and the range of supports available to bereaved people.  The evening opened with an introduction followed by a number of talks and video presentations.  Guest speaker Laura Kennedy (Columnist with The Irish Times, author of the personal reflection column ‘Leavetaking’) spoke on the theme ‘Living with Loss’.  At the event a number of voluntary bereavement support services and professional therapeutic services were represented (listed below).  The audience had an opportunity to visit these stands and be informed of what services they provide.  Admission is free to this annual November event which is open to all members of the public, in particular to those that have been bereaved.
  If you would like to be notified of this event in the future please contact Iris Murray Tel 01 679 3188 email iris.murray@hospicefoundation.ie
A Little Lifetime Foundation, Anam Cara Parental & Sibling Bereavement Support, Barnardos Children’s Bereavement Service, Beginning Experience, Bethany Bereavement Support Group, Citizens Information Service, Féileacáin (Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Association of Ireland), FirstLight, Irish Childhood Bereavement Network, Irish Hospice Foundation, Living Links, Miscarriage Association of Ireland, PCI Counselling Service, Pieta House Bereavement Services, Purple House Cancer Support, Rainbows Ireland, SAH (Support After Homicide), Turas Le Cheile Bereavement Support Service, Turning Point, Village Counselling Service

Have you sent your completed CHY3 Cert back to us? Clock is ticking…

Posted on: October 18th, 2017

A while ago we sent our generous supporters  a reminder letter about the charity tax back scheme and a CHY3 cert enclosed. If you received it, please don’t wait, return it today!

We will be submitting our claim to the Revenue Commissioners in the coming weeks so it’s vital your form comes in before that. It only takes a minute. We’ve made it as easy as possible. In just three quick steps you can release the full potential of your generous gift to us, so please complete, sign and return the form we sent you. It’s as simple as that. And it still won’t cost you a single cent more!

Thank you for your prompt response!

For more information on our Tax Back Campaign please click HERE