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Practical Guidance for Carers

Caring for someone with a terminal illness can be both a difficult and fulfilling experience. Access to relevant information and guidance for carers can help to make the experience less stressful for all concerned.

This section provides guidance for carers in carrying out their caring duties and responsibilities. It outlines how to access services available in the community, practical issues in caring, and available supports for caring for a loved one at home.

The information and advice outlined in these sections can support carers in taking care of their own physical and psychological well-being, as well as the well-being of person for whom they are caring.

This section deals with:


Specific Life-Threatening Diseases

You may find it helpful to find out more information about the specific disease that affects the person for whom you care. This section gives you links to the various websites that provide information relating to particular diseases, both cancer and also other life-threatening diseases.   Cancer The Irish Cancer Society has provided a comprehensive range […] Read more >

Accessing Health Services

HSE Services The Health Service Executive (HSE) has ultimate responsibility for providing Health and Personal Social Services for everyone living in the Republic of Ireland. The HSE provides information on services and supports available to carers. The Find a Service section will bring you to the range of services and contact details provided by the HSE.   Carer’s Services The HSE employs Carers […] Read more >

Guides & Publications

A number of external organisations are involved in producing research and publishing information relating to palliative care. Among their publications are guides providing relevant information and advice for carers and the people for whom they care, and for people who have been recently bereaved. Listed below are useful resources and publications from other organisations.   CARERS […] Read more >

Supports for Caring at Home

Practical help in the home is frequently provided for those who have a life threatening illness. This can help ease the burden and stress faced by both the individual and the family members or carers responsible for looking after them. Home Help Services Home Care Packages and Home Help Services are arranged via the HSE Local Health Office / […] Read more >

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