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 Irish Hospice Foundation and was established in 2006
  • It is funded largely by donations from the Irish Public and is subsidised by the HSE since 2016
  • Demand for night nursing grows every year
  • In 2017, over 2,000 nights of nursing care was delivered to over 600 people across Ireland, and this cost €646,537
  • 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


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