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CEOL (Compassionate End of Life)

Nursing Homes CEOL

CEOL (Compassionate End of Life) is our quality improvement programme for nursing homes and residential care centres (RCCs) in Ireland. Providing compassionate care for residents approaching the end of their life is a fundamental component of person-centred care. CEOL enables staff to continuously review, reflect and improve the end-of-life care they provide for residents, their families and the staff themselves.

It 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.

CEOL is made up of a series of workshops, network events, materials and ongoing supports that guides a multidisciplinary staff to develop key skills relevant to the delivery of end-of-life care.

Training is provided initially over a period of six months, with sustainability and ongoing training provided through attendance at regional network meetings along with support from our CEOL regional development coordinators.

How it Works

CEOL has been developed for public, private and voluntary residential care settings and comprises four key components.

  1. CEOL Groups The establishment of a group in each nursing home/RCC is central to the programme. CEOL groups are responsible for driving improvements in end-of-life care through now well recognised tools and practices. All sectors of staff are represented including: management, nurses, household, catering, administration, healthcare attendants, allied health professional, chaplaincy etc. Everyone has a role to play in delivering end-of-life care in the nursing home.
  2. CEOL Review Within a month of the death of a resident, staff gather to remember them and reflect on and review their end-of-life care.
  3. CEOL Questionnaire Bereaved relatives, family and friends are also invited to give their feedback via a postal questionnaire.
  4. CEOL Virtual Networks Our one and a half hour webinars delivered through Zoom for all staff in nursing homes to support end-of-life care. The aim of the networks is to offer professional and personal development through peer support and shared learning as well as:
  • to provide on-going support to staff in nursing homes on end-of-life care.
  • to support clinical skills development and practice on end-of-life care.
  • to support and develop relationships with specialist palliative care and community services.
  • to update CEOL Network members on national & international developments around end-of-life care.
  • to invite guest speakers to present on emerging issues e.g. IPC, advanced healthcare planning, Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act, clinical skills, specialist palliative care, COVID, GPs, working with families, GDPR etc.
  • to support staff health and wellbeing.

2021 CEOL Virtual Networks

Meetings take place on Wednesdays 2.30pm-4pm

Next CEOL Virtual Network

20th October

Time to Reflect Survey
Helen Coughlan, Special Projects and Research Manager | IHF 

Compassionate Culture 
Dominic Campbell, Arts and Cultural Engagement | IHF

Murmurations: A Song Cycle of three pieces of music reflecting and drawing upon the breadth and depth of loss experienced by older people and those living in residential care.

NMBI accredited with 1.5 CEU’s

For further information on the CEOL Virtual Networks please email [email protected] or call us on (01) 6793188

Accreditation: 1.5 CEU Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland

Download CEOL brochure

Learn about our End-of-Life Care resources


When someone you care about is dying in a nursing home: what to expect

If someone you care about is dying in a nursing home you may be worried about many things. This PDF provides easy-to-understand information and advice to help you to know what to expect.