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*We acknowledge funding for individual programmes (including Healthcare Programmes) received from the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Programme, the Scheme to Support National Organisations 2016-2019.

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Dementia Palliative Care

Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a condition that can be caused by a number of illnesses. It causes a progressive decline in memory, reasoning, communication skills and in the ability to carry out daily activities. This is a chronic, life-limiting condition. As it progresses, people can present with a unique set of care needs. These […] Read more >

Level 3: Strengthening Excellence in End-of-Life Care

Level 3 – Strengthening Excellence in End-of-Life Care will offer you: an entire continuous quality improvement process over a period of 15 months four workshops on Developing a Vision for End-of-Life Care, Conducting a Review After Death, Change Management and Celebration of Success and Agreement of Next Steps a range of educational supports to development of end-of-life care a […] Read more >

How to become a member

A Journey of Change is a quality improvement programme designed to support staff working in residential care settings for older people.  The programme is designed for staff to develop their skills and competencies in order that they can provide the best possible care for their residents at the end of their lives. How to sign […] Read more >

Palliative Care For All

Extending Access to Palliative Care Beyond Cancer Palliative care is beneficial and applicable to all life-limiting illness but has traditionally not been available to people with diseases other than cancer. The need to extend access to palliative care to people with diseases such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD), Heart Failure and Dementia is increasingly […] Read more >

Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme

The Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme seeks to ensure end-of-life, palliative and bereavement care are central to the everyday business of hospitals.   Read more >


What is the CEOL Programme? CEOL (Compassionate End of Life) is our quality improvement programme for nursing homes and residential care centres (RCCs). We believe quality end-of-life care should be built around the needs of the individual and being supported to live well until you die. CEOL is made up of a series of workshops, regional network […] Read more >

End-of-life Care Toolkit for Residential Care

The End-of-Life Care Toolkit for Staff Working in Residential Care Centres for Older People The end-of-life care toolkit compiles practical and relevant information on providing excellent end-of-life care in residential care centres in an accessible, easy to use format. The first chapter and contents of the toolkit can be viewed below. Each section can be used […] Read more >

Primary Palliative Care

Primary Palliative care is the term given to a holistic (whole person) approach to care for people who have advancing life-limiting conditions who are living at home. It includes improving quality of life through managing symptoms, and addressing psychological, social and spiritual issues. This care is provided by a Primary Care Team made up of […] Read more >

Meet the team

Marie Lynch – Head of Healthcare Programmes Following her career as an occupational therapist, Marie Lynch worked as Regional Director for 7 years with the Irish Wheelchair Association where she also obtained her MSc. In 2007, Marie commenced employment with the Irish Hospice Foundation as Programme Manager and in 2014 was made Head of Health […] Read more >

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