Death and dying affects each and every one of us. Every year, 29,000 people die in Ireland and up to 290,000 are newly bereaved. No one should face death or bereavement without the care and support they need.
The Irish Hospice Foundation strives for the best care at end of life for these people. It works to provide these individuals with the opportunity to make their own choices with dignity and respect.
Projects in 2018
Our Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme has been adopted in 42 hospitals across the health service. We have campaigned strongly for this programme to be embedded within the HSE and we are pleased to note that the HSE's Assistant National Director of Acute Services requested a palliative, end-of-life care and bereavement plan from all acute hosiptals during the year.
Nurses for Nightcare is a service provided by the Irish Hospice Foundation since 2006. The demand for the service, which provides support to patients who choose to die at home, has grown since then. For over a decade, this programme has helped hundreds of these patients. The Irish Hospice Foundation has initiated talks with the Irish Cancer Society on how to advocate for state support for this service in light of the rising costs.
The Irish Hospice Foundation will continue to deliver high-quality and evidence-based training on end-of-life care and bereavement.