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#Palliative Care

# palliative-care - Sunday 4 October, 2020

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 - Sunday 13 September, 2020

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.

# palliative-care - Tuesday 21 April, 2020

'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.

# palliative-care - Tuesday 10 September, 2019

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.

# palliative-care - Sunday 9 September, 2018

'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 - Monday 23 July, 2018

'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.

# palliative-care - Saturday 28 April, 2018

WATCH: Take a tour of Dublin's newest hospice, which 'feels more like a hotel' Our Lady's Hospice This post contains videos

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.”

# palliative-care - Friday 12 January, 2018

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.

# palliative-care - Wednesday 22 November, 2017

'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.

# palliative-care - Tuesday 10 October, 2017

'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.

# palliative-care - Sunday 8 October, 2017

'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.

# palliative-care - Saturday 2 September, 2017

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.

# palliative-care - Wednesday 23 November, 2016

US judge rules that anorexic patient can refuse forced feedings

The court also granted her request for care to relieve pain or discomfort.

# palliative-care - Thursday 6 October, 2016

"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 - Wednesday 5 October, 2016

"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.

# palliative-care - Monday 3 October, 2016

'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.

# palliative-care - Monday 6 June, 2016

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”.

# palliative-care - Sunday 22 May, 2016

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 - Friday 25 March, 2016

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 - Wednesday 23 December, 2015

'Having terminal cancer is very sad, but it's part of a bigger plan' Palliative Care This post contains videos

'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.

# palliative-care - Sunday 15 November, 2015

'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.

# palliative-care - Monday 8 June, 2015

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.

# palliative-care - Thursday 25 December, 2014

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 - Saturday 11 October, 2014

'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.

# palliative-care - Monday 6 October, 2014

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.

# palliative-care - Wednesday 1 October, 2014

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.

# palliative-care - Tuesday 15 July, 2014

'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.

# palliative-care - Wednesday 21 May, 2014

New palliative care unit in Kilkenny announced by Susie Long Hospice Fund

The fund want to continue working towards a 12 bed unit.

# palliative-care - Wednesday 7 May, 2014

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.

# palliative-care - Monday 10 March, 2014

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 - Thursday 14 November, 2013

HSE signs agreement to improve palliative care

The HSE said the focus is on ensuring it maintains and improves palliative care services.

# palliative-care - Saturday 12 January, 2013

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.

# palliative-care - Thursday 19 January, 2012

Hospices will need 'goodwill of their local communities to keep going' - IHF

The Irish Hospice Foundation has raised concerns about the cuts imposed to the palliative care budget by the HSE’s National Service Plan.