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IHF Statement on COVID-19 Nursing Homes Expert Panel Report

Posted on: July 21st, 2020

Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) welcomes the publication today (Wednesday 19 August 2020) of the COVID-19 Nursing Homes Expert Panel Report. IHF made a submission as part of the consultation process for the Report and were delighted to present as part of the ‘Advocacy and End-of-Life thematic engagement’ to the Expert Panel.

We particularly welcome the Expert Panel’s recommendation for the initiation of a joint HSE-IHF collaborative national programme on palliative, end-of-life and bereavement care for the nursing home sector that engages all stakeholders and improves quality of care across the sector. 

This initiative could be established along the same lines as our joint HSE-IHF Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme, launched nationally in 2017. IHF is very willing to contribute our experience and expertise in the development and provision of such a programme.

IHF currently supports and provides a multidisciplinary programme into nursing homes and residential care settings. The aim of this programme, called Compassionate End of Life (CEOL), is to promote a quality improvement approach to dying, death and bereavement and includes staff workshops and ongoing training via accredited CEOL training networks with specific training inputs on palliative care. IHF has been running this programme in nursing homes for seven years, with participation from approximately 160 nursing homes.

This has been an incredibly distressing time for residents, families and staff. The impact of visiting restrictions and infection control measures, as an outcome of COVID-19, on families and staff also need to be considered. For those who were unable to be with a loved one as they died, this could have created a lasting memory of distress, both for families and staff and may be impacting on their grief. 

We all must learn from the challenges and experiences of end-of-life care during the COVID-19 crisis. This is an experience that must not be repeated and be actively planned for as part of any preparation for further waves of COVID-19 infection as well as for the further development of the nursing home sector. IHF welcomes this timely and important Report and we look forward to working with the Department of Health and other key stakeholders in progressing the recommendations within the Report 

Read the full COVID-19 Nursing Homes Expert Panel Report here.

Irish Hospice Foundation has also developed a series of resources for healthcare workers, focused on delivering care during COVID-19 as part of our Care & Inform series


Posted on: June 5th, 2020

202020 Cycle for IHF

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The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) Cycle Challenge is the charity’s biggest annual fundraising event.

Each year 60 cyclists take on a 600km cycle to raise vital funds for Nurses for Night Care. This free national service enables people with non-cancer related illnesses to spend their final days at home whilst receiving professional palliative nursing care. The demand for this service increases each year and the funds raised by cyclists have been vital in helping to keep up with demand.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Cycle Challenge, due to take place in Italy, is not going ahead. This will leave a huge gap in funding this vital service. Knowing this, one of the IHF’s loyal cyclists has set a different challenge.

Now, the IHF is calling on everyone to get on their bike and be a part of a special team challenge this year – simply cycle 20km on 20th June and donate €20.

Paul Kimmage and daughter Evelyn are the ambassadors for the IHF Cycle Challenge. Speaking about this new fundraising effort, Paul said: “On all my journeys with the IHF, I have heard many poignant and touching stories from my fellow cyclists about these inspirational nurses and the care they provide at the end of life. The gift of a peaceful and comfortable final chapter for our loved ones is one we all would love to give, especially in these uncertain and challenging time. In supporting this new IHF Cycle Challenge, by taking part or through raising funds, we will help to make this possible for more and more families.”

The Kingspan-sponsored Cycle has raised over €2 million for the IHF since it started in 2009. Over 4,500 families have been cared for by the Nurses for Night Care service with over 13,000 nights of care delivered since it was established.

IHF CEO Sharon Foley said: “These are challenging times for us all and even more so, given much of our fundraising activity has now been curtailed due to the necessary public health restrictions. The money raised through the IHF Cycle each year, makes such a huge difference to people and their families all over Ireland. Nurses for Night Care continues to operate during the pandemic, which means people are still able to spend their precious final days at home. 90% of Irish Hospice Foundation funding comes directly from the public which means we couldn’t do what we do (like funding Nurse for Night Care) without you.”

Any pedal power counts – bicycle, electric bike, static bike the choice is yours. Even more, you might encourage 20 friends to sponsor you or take up the challenge themselves.

It’s simple – 20km – 20th June 2020.

For more information and to take part go here or email louise.mccarron@hospicefoundation.ie

Bank Holiday Message from our CEO

Posted on: May 29th, 2020

Dear all,   

Who amongst us would have thought, as we left our places of work, learning and worship back in March, that we would still be locked out of them for the June Bank Holiday? But, here we are. The “longer weekend” gives us all a chance to reflect over the past few months and I know, through all the work that we do, that for many of you these have been incredibly challenging times.  

Our new Care & Inform series of resources are in high demand and I hope you will take a moment to avail of them if you, or someone you know, has been impacted by COVID-19, loss or restricted funerals during the pandemic.

All of our existing programmes and our new Covid response ones – continue to run and we remain proud to serve you, our public, in all matters relating to death, dying and bereavement.

We rely hugely on our fundraising to maintain all this work, so I would like to take this opportunity to thank all who so generously shown their support for the work of the Irish Hospice Foundation. 

With our events and appeals having to take their own enforced “lockdown”, these are challenging times for us. Every donation really matters and I am so grateful to our regular supporters and to those of you who have joined us for the first time. 

If you would like to be kept up to date with the work you are helping, please sign up for our free newsletters here or send us an email, to fundraising@hospicefoundation.ie We would love to hear from you.     

With the onset of June comes the prospect of easing restrictions and the gradual re-opening of our office. We look forward to that but in the meantime, I wish you all a wonderful bank holiday. 

Please take care of yourself and those around you.    

Warmest wishes,
Sharon Foley
CEO Irish Hospice Foundation 

New Resources launched to inform and support during COVID-19

Posted on: March 20th, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the traditional ways we mark our grief.

For the moment, it is not possible to come together and to gather in one location. It is not possible to have a large funeral. It may not be possible to receive the company of those who wish to offer condolences. However, we can support ourselves and each other in different ways.

Over the coming days and weeks, the Irish Hospice Foundation will be developing a suite of materials to inform, support and reassure people as we navigate these uncertain times and find new ways of dealing with death, dying and bereavement.

We have published three resources so far, Grieving in Exceptional Times, Helping Children Grieve During COVID-19 Restrictions and Planning A Funeral in Exceptional Times. To find out more go here.

Monday 30 March 2020

Postgraduate courses: Apply now

Posted on: February 24th, 2020

We currently offer two part time postgraduate courses in Bereavement and Loss.
Our courses are delivered in partnership with the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) and aimed at professionals whose work brings them into contact with bereavement and loss.

Rosabel’s Rooms- In partnership with the Irish Hospice Foundation

Posted on: February 24th, 2020



Rosabel’s Rooms was established by parents Suzanne McClean and Gary Monroe in memory of their beloved daughter Rosabel Monroe, who died suddenly and unexpectedly in April 2017, aged sixteen months.

Rosabel’s Rooms in collaboration with The Irish Hospice Foundation, was launched on the 5th January 2018, on what would have been Rosabel’s 2nd birthday.
The project is developing the following activities:
  1. Through the Design & Dignity Programme at the Irish Hospice Foundation, this project is facilitating the development of family-friendly bereavement suites in hospital emergency departments around Ireland, which will provide comfort and dignity for families following the loss of a loved one.
  1. The Rosabel’s Room-to-Heal fund is providing direct financial support to families, when a child dies in Ireland. The Fund is helping bereaved parents and families to take time off work, pay for funeral costs etc.
  1. Over the coming paths, this project will work to ensure required therapeutic supports are made available for individuals impacted by child loss.
Sharon Foley CEO of the IHF says: “We hope this partnership with Rosabel’s Rooms will give families sanctuary to be together in private at extremely difficult times. The essence of Design & Dignity is to convey a sense of reverence and respect for life, death and bereavement.”
For more information, email: rosabelsrooms@gmail.com or click here
For upcoming events, click here  To donate to Rosabel’s Rooms, click here

Rosabel’s Room-to-Heal Fund: Apply now

Rosabel’s Room-to-Heal Fund is providing financial support as an immediate response to the loss of a child. Click here for more information and eligibility. 

Design & Dignity is part of the Hospice Friendly Hospitals (HFH) Programme is an IHF initiative to ensure that palliative, end of life and bereavement care are central to the everyday business of hospitals. To date, the Design and Dignity Project has supported 34 projects around Ireland enabling hospitals to create relaxing spacious family rooms, inpatient suites and maternity bereavement suites and upgraded mortuaries into welcoming, respectful environments. For more information, click here
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HFH Quality Improvement Awards 2020: Apply now!

Posted on: February 17th, 2020


The Irish Hospice Foundation is delighted to announce the launch of the Hospice Friendly Hospitals (HFH) Quality Improvement Awards for 2020.

What are the HFHQI Awards?

The Award is a financial support for HSE/Voluntary Acute Hospitals that are engaging with the HFH programme. The Awards will support the continual quality improvement approach to end-of-life care (EOLC) and help your hospital towards implementation of the Quality Standards for End-of-Life Care in Hospitals.

For the HFH QI 2020 Award Pack and further details, click here.


Call for applications: The Economics of Bereavement

Posted on: February 17th, 2020

The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF), as part of its programme of research, invites applications to carry out an exploratory investigation of the economics of bereavement in Ireland.

The research is supported by a grant from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP).

For more details including the full tender document, click here.



We support Hooves4Hospice: A Midland Hospice Building Fund

Posted on: February 16th, 2020

Our CEO Sharon Foley speaking at the launch of the new fundraising campaign, Hooves 4 Hospice, in Mullingar recently.

The Irish Hospice Foundation is backing the Hooves4Hospice campaign which is helping raise funds to build a Level 3 Hospice to provide specialist end-of-life care and support for people in the Midlands.

The ambitious fundraising project, which was launched by Tullamore Lions Club last week and has the support of other Lions Clubs and the Irish Hospice Foundation, involves recruiting a large number of farmers willing to rear a young animal, has the potential to raise a sizeable sum of money for a much-needed Midlands Hospice.

Our CEO Sharon Foley was one of the guest speakers at the launch in Mullingar. She said:

“People in the Midlands are at a disadvantage when it comes to hospice and palliative care services compared to those in other parts of the country.  On the one hand there is excellent palliative homecare available, while on the other there is no regional specialist palliative care unit (often called regional hospice) in the Midlands.  This means patients and their families are being denied the full range of services that come with a Level 3 hospice.  As research has shown investment per person on specialist palliative care for people in Laois, Offaly, Westmeath is a fraction of that spent elsewhere. More worryingly patients have no choice in their place of care at end of life and have to rely on acute hospitals. In the Midlands, 36% of cancer patients who die, die in an acute hospital compared to 25% in the Mid-West. The excellent homecare teams need the support of specialist colleagues in regional hospices so as to be able to offer the best care to patients at end of life.  All other areas have developed, or have plans to develop, inpatient units for their populations. 

The Minister for Health told us this week that the current model of funding for capital development of hospice will remain.  That is that the local community or hospice groups fund the capital costs of building a hospice and the Department of Health will commit to pay all of the – much more substantial – revenue costs of running the hospice.  Now is the time to act to secure the future of hospice and palliative care and its further development in Laois, Offaly, Longford and Westmeath.”

To find out more and to support the Hooves4Hospice campaign, go here. 

Living with Grief Event in Dublin in February

Posted on: January 23rd, 2020


The Irish Hospice Foundation is part of The Dublin Northside Bereavement Network which will host its first ever ‘Living with Grief’ event in North Dublin on Thursday 6 February, 7.30pm.

The free event for the public, which takes place at the The Clasac (Alfie Byrne Road, Clontarf) will provide information about grief and the range of supports available to bereaved people in the North Dublin.   

The event is for people bereaved through any circumstance – through illness or sudden death; who may have lost a partner, parent, child, friend or sibling. 

Guest speaker Niamh Fitzpatrick (psychologist) will share her own grieving experience after the sudden death of her sister, Capt. Dara Fitzpatrick, during an Irish Coast Guard Rescue operation in 2017.

The event will begin at 7.30pm and run until 9.30pm. For more details about the event, click here