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Nurses for Night Care

We fund the Nurses for Night Care service for people dying with illnesses other than cancer. It provides night 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

  • It’s provided free of charge by Irish Hospice Foundation.
  • Established in 2006, it’s funded largely by donations from the Irish public and has been subsidised by the HSE since 2016.
  • Demand for this vital service continues to grow every year.
  • In 2019, over 2,250 nights of nursing care was delivered to over 696 people across Ireland, and this cost €742,793.34.
  • If you’d like to make a donation to Nurses for Night Care, please click here.

What the service provides

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 nursing 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.

Referrals to the service are made by your local specialist palliative care home care team.

If you or your loved one is receiving this service, our thoughts are with you and your family at this time.