Excellence in End-of-Life Care
Staff in residential care centres have a very special relationship with the people they care for and with their families. The Irish Hospice Foundation has introduced and designed a new programme called the CEOL (Compassionate End of Life) Programme which aims to strengthen that relationship, and to support staff in developing their competencies in end-of-life care.
In 2013, the Irish Hospice Foundation embarked on a three year programme entitled Changing Minds: Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life care for People with Dementia. The aim of this programme is to enable more people, particularly those living with dementia, to live and die with dignity at home or in residential care settings. This programme has six projects, one of which has become the CEOL Programme.
Principles for Good Practice in Residential Care Centres for Older People: Transfer of a Deceased Person from their Place of Death
These principles of good practice have been developed based on international best practice guidelines and through consultation with the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF), Irish Association of Funeral Directors (IAFD), the Irish Division of the British Institute of Embalmers, Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI), the Health Service Executive (HSE), the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) and the Coroners Society of Ireland. They are intended to act as guidance for all professional groups to ensure that the privacy and dignity of the deceased on transfer from their place of death is maintained.