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# Palliative Care

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2022
# Tipperay
Palliative care supports to be provided to boy with cancer after case raised in the Dáil
A harrowing letter detailing the family’s situation was read into the Dáil record yesterday.
# child palliative care
'Our child deserves to die at home': Family of boy with cancer told palliative care not available in their area
Tipperary TD Michael Lowry read out a letter in the Dáil from parents of a boy with terminal cancer.
# end of life care
Remote hospice service 'vital' as islanders don't want to die on mainland, says fundraiser
Catherine Mulkerrin says hospice services help dying people deal with the final stages of their life.
Voices
Opinion: Communication is key for families facing decisions around palliative care
Dr Geraldine Foley says the palliative care needs in this country will only grow as the population ages.
# Belfast
Funeral of former UTV reporter and mother-of-two Aideen Kennedy held today
Aideen Kennedy died only hours after revealing on social media that she was receiving palliative care.
# Palliative Care
'Palliative care is about establishing links and warmth. It became colder because of Covid'
Dr Stephen Higgins told The Journal that staff are burnt out after two years of working during a pandemic.
All time
# Cancer
Vicky Phelan returns to Ireland for palliative care after new tumours end US treatment
The mother-of-two said she hopes chemotherapy will keep her alive ‘until Christmas at least’.
Voices
Opinion: As our population ages, palliative care will become increasingly important
Dr Peter May and Professor Charles Normand say palliative care in Ireland must be expanded now to meet current and future needs.
# Palliative Care
Increase in cancer patients looking to spend last days at home amid hospital restrictions
The Irish Cancer Society has reported a rise in requests for its home-based palliative care service.
# palliative care week
Half of Irish people think Covid-19 has increased the importance of discussing palliative care
The survey found that a third of people think palliative care is a last resort, when in fact it can be used for a number of years.
# Hospice
'Nobody is dying alone here': How one hospice is dealing with end of life care during the Covid-19 crisis
Due to Covid-19, the hospice is now restricting visitors to two at a time for patients.
Voices
Opinion: 'My name is Niall, I'm 32, and I have cancer. I never imagined saying those words'
Niall, from Athlone, writes about how he used to think that palliative care was for “the old, the very sick and the dying”, but it’s helping him.
Voices
'With palliative care, my dad was able to choose how he died - in his family's arms'
Lilian Bell writes about her father, Donal Bell, on the eve of Palliative Care Week 2018.
# Palliative Care
'It allows the family to just be a family': Campaign to raise funds for cancer charity night nurses
Last year the Irish Cancer Society’s night nursing service provided 7,345 nights of care to 1,818 patients around the country.
# our lady's hospice
WATCH: Take a tour of Dublin's newest hospice, which 'feels more like a hotel'
“This may be the last room someone will live in.”
# north wicklow
Simon Harris 'concerned' about care terminally-ill woman received over New Year's weekend
The woman’s daughter, Siobhán Tobin, wrote an open letter to the Health Minister about trying to access out of hours services.
# Euthanasia
'What right do we have to tell a dying person they should continue to live in pain'
Prominent Right to Die with Dignity campaigner Tom Curran appeared before the Joint Committee on Justice and Equality today.
# Have your say
'Dying alone. Like my mother did': Irish people are sharing their fears about serious illness and death
The Irish Hospice Foundation gathered opinions of over 2,000 people.
# all ireland study
'People who are mentally ill are less likely to be admitted for cancer treatment'
A new study examined the palliative care needs on the island of Ireland by surveying hundreds of GPs and psychiatrists.
Voices
Palliative care: 'I felt that if I brought the nurse into my life, I was really dying'
I are currently working on memory books. I’m going to leave these for my children containing memories of happy times baking and camping, writes Evelyn Wakefield.
# New Jersey
US judge rules that anorexic patient can refuse forced feedings
The court also granted her request for care to relieve pain or discomfort.
Voices
"My four-year-old son got up on the stool, held my father's hand, and kissed him"
Watching a loved one slip away is hard enough, writes Denis Goodbody, but good palliative care supports the family as well as the patient.
# Palliative Care
"They're not about dying and giving up": Here's how the Irish public misunderstands hospices
Our Lady’s Hospice in Harold’s Cross has a hair salon, a therapy golden retriever Rían, and an oratory to host services such as christenings and weddings.
# LET US LIVE
'At the moment it's just horrendous out there': The challenges facing Ireland's carers
Carmel Geoghegan looked after her dying mother in 2014 but has hit out at what seriously sick people face today.
# end of life
Palliative care patient 'was left groaning in pain before death'
According to new research, one family member said trying to get help for a loved one was like “dealing with the mafia”.
Voices
Kevin lived for just nine years, but he taught us about life, love, and the world
Mairead Dunford writes about her son Kevin, who died aged nine, and how he taught their family how to love even though he had a life-limiting condition.
# Palliative Care
Irish people donate €90k to cancer patients in Uganda
Some 95% of people with cancer there will never access treatment such as chemotherapy, radiology or oncology.
# Palliative Care
'Having terminal cancer is very sad, but it's part of a bigger plan'
We speak to a patient and nurse about life in a hospice.
Voices
'It's my job to help the family plan and care for their dying children at home'
Anne Tan’s career changed after meeting two terminally ill children.
# Health
Major study finds early palliative care for cancer patients costs A LOT less
Early palliative care for advanced cancer patients is better for the patient and produces serious savings.
Voices
The Night Nurse: Caring for cancer sufferers on Christmas Day is a privilege that helps me appreciate life
The Irish Cancer Society Night Nursing Service provides palliative care to cancer patients at the end of their cancer journey during the night, so they can stay in the comfort of their home, surrounded by the ones they love.
# Palliative Care
'We had to face facts that maybe our little girl was not going to make it'
LauraLynn palliative carers are looking after 40 families, who say the HSE respite could be organised a lot quicker.
Voices
Column: Palliative care considers the mind, body and spiritual needs of the person
Palliative care is not just about pain relief for older people during their final days – it’s about quality of life for your loved one.
# Cancer
Susie Long Hospice Fund set to open six palliative care beds in Kilkenny
The SLHF eventually wants to open a 12-bed hospice in St Luke’s Hospital.
# end of life care
'It is the right of every person to die in comfort and dignity'
The Health and Children Committee launched a report on end-of-life care based on submissions from stakeholders, experts and the public.
# Hospice
New palliative care unit in Kilkenny announced by Susie Long Hospice Fund
The fund want to continue working towards a 12 bed unit.
Voices
Opinion: Let's talk about death (no, seriously)
Do the Irish really ‘do death well’? We certainly know how to toast the departed, but we have a deep-rooted discomfort around discussing any practical aspect of death.
# good and bad
People with serious illnesses asked to share their experience of palliative care
The qualitative survey aims to improve policy and services across the country.
# Palliative Care
HSE signs agreement to improve palliative care
The HSE said the focus is on ensuring it maintains and improves palliative care services.
# crossword
Crossword setter (91) uses puzzle to reveal he has terminal cancer
The legendary crossword setter Araucaria told readers that he had “18 down of the 19″ – cancer of the oesophagus.