Carers Week 2017

Celebrating Ireland’s Carers

Carers Week 2017 will run from June 12th to 18th

The Irish Hospice Foundation have been partners in this week of celebration of Family Carers for many years now.  The philosophy of palliative care recognises the role that family carers take on in support of their loved one. It also includes the provision of support systems to help family members and carers cope during a person’s illness and in their bereavement.

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We believe that family members and others caring for people with life limiting illnesses should receive more recognition and support for the vital role they play in Irish society. As part of an ongoing strategy to support carers of people with life limiting disease, the Irish Hospice Foundation host webpages HERE dedicated to providing family carers with relevant information, advice and resources as they support their loved one, in what is for most, a challenging and emotional journey.

On this Carers Week we would like to acknowledge the important contribution that family carers make in providing care and would like to extend our appreciation to each and every carer in Ireland who is and has provided care.

More information about Carers Week 2017 is available HERE

Guest post by Deirdre Shanager Development Officer – IHF Healthcare Programmes

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Irish Hospice Foundation’s new report highlights deficits in access to Palliative care

Access to palliative care services and place of death in Ireland

The Irish Hospice Foundation this week launched the second report in its perspectives series ‘Access to Specialist Palliative Care Services and Place of Death in Ireland; What the Data tells us‘. The report, completed by Eugene Murray based on his research with additional analysis by Dr. Kathy McLoughlin and Sharon Foley, indicated a number of inequalities in access to palliative services in Ireland. Some core findings of the research were;

  • That hospice deficits impact where people die – areas with limited access to a hospice have more cancer deaths in acute hospital
  • An estimated 2,500 patients each year are denied access to hospice inpatient care because of lack of services in their area 

The findings emerged from an examination of data from four sources over two years. Data was sourced from the Health Service Executive’s (HSE) Minimum Data Set for Palliative Care and HSE national and regional population statistics from 2011 along with the National Cancer Registry and the Hospital Inpatient Enquiry from 2010.  This research took an ecological approach bringing together broad population data to explore trends and illustrate areas for further research.

The Irish Hospice Foundation has now called on the government to prioritize the development of a broad end of life strategy.

The full report can be read HERE  

Updated Database of Palliative Care Education Courses

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Are you looking for up to date information and listings of Palliative care courses in Ireland?

The Database of palliative care, end of life and bereavement courses, has recently been refreshed and updated. A collaboration between the Irish Hospice Foundation, All Ireland Institute for Hospice & Palliative Care and the Irish Association for Palliative Care, the database was originally launched in 2009 increasing awareness of palliative care education courses  in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

It aims to be;

  • a focal point for Palliative care education information
  •  a resource for providers to advertise courses and programmes to health and social care professionals and the wider community
  • a searchable and user-friendly listing of education programmes/courses, workshops, study days and  seminars

This database contains listings from 69 education providers offering 270 courses.  You can access the database via the IHF site HERE or via the AIIHPC site HERE  and the IAPC site HERE

If you would like additional information about the database contact Karen Charnley, Programme Manager for Education, AIIHPC kcharnley@aiihpc.org

Coping with christmas when you are bereaved – Resources from the Irish Hospice Foundation

An average of 28,000 people die in Ireland each year and it is estimated that for each death ten people are directly impacted.  For the bereaved Christmas, particularly the first Christmas following the loss of a loved one can be an especially difficult time.

The Irish Hospice Foundation’s Bereavement Education Resource centre has a number of information leaflets on coping with bereavement including a leaflet on ‘Coping with Christmas when you are bereaved‘ which can be downloaded from the bereaved.ie website HERE 

The leaflet includes suggested reading material for those who are bereaved over the holidays including;

  • Miller J.E., (1996) How will I get through the Holidays? 12 ideas for those whose loved one has died
  • Noel, B. (2003) Surviving Holidays, Birthdays and Anniversaries
  • Wolfeld, A.D. and Smith, H.I. (1999) A Decembered Grief: Living with Loss while Others are Celebrating

These books are all available to borrow from the Thérèse Brady Library.  The bereaved.ie website also features information and advice for bereaved people and those supporting them including short videos on grief.

This short video on  Living with loss features four Irish people sharing their experiences of bereavement

Copies of the Irish Hospice Foundation leaflets are available directly from the Irish Hospice Foundation by calling 01 6793188 and queries about the  Thérèse Brady Library’s public loan facilities can be made to laura.rooneyferris@hospicefoundation.ie

Library Ireland week 2012 at the Therese Brady Library

Library Ireland Week 2012 Nov 12-18

This week marks the seventh annual Library Ireland Week which runs from Nov 12th to 18th.  Library Ireland Week  provides a yearly showcase for the work of libraries, librarians and information professionals.

The theme this year is ‘Libraries for literacy; everyday, everyway‘ and the focus is on the many and varied ways libraries promote and develop literacy and learning.  The Therese Brady Library’s resources aim to develop, enhance and support the information literacy skills and learning of staff and students of the Irish Hospice Foundation as well as providing access to reliable information and supportive reading material on bereavement for the public. 

Staff and students of the Irish Hospice Foundation can book in for a short library fix session to brush up on their information skills. These sessions cover anything from effectively using the library catalogue and literature searching to setting up personal searches and alerts, getting the most out of searching the internet or just finding out more about the range of resources available from the library. Contact Laura in the library to book a session laura.rooneyferris@hospicefoundation.ie

Other events and literacy inputs are taking place in libraries all around the country, you can browse a listing HERE 

Happy Library Ireland Week !

New network to support bereaved children launched

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The Irish Childhood Bereavement Network (ICBN) was launched yesterday (July 24th) by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald.

The network, inspired by the UK’s Childhood Bereavement Network (cbn) aims to act as a hub for  professionals and organisations working to support bereaved children and young people.

The establishment of the network follows a scoping study commissioned by the Irish Hospice Foundation and funded by the Family Support Agency, conducted by Dr Kathy Mc Loughlin. The study found that while good services for bereaved children exist there are geographic gaps to be met and that professionals working in children’s bereavement support would benefit from the  facility to share knowledge and information.

Professionals interested in joining the ICBN are invited to subscribe to the ICBN blog HERE for updates and developments

For further background on the network you can listen to an interview with Irish Hospice Foundation Bereavement Services Manager Dr Susan Delaney HERE 

A Wish – New animated video from the Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme

How do you achieve a good death in an acute hospital setting ?

Although most people want to spend their last days in their own home almost half (48%) of all deaths in Ireland occur in an acute hospital setting.

Bridging this gap between patient wishes and hospital practice in end-of-life care has been the aim of the Irish Hospice Foundation’s Hospice Friendly Hospitals (HfH) programme.

A Wish’, the new animated short film developed by the Hospice Friendly Hospitals poignantly illustrates just how this can be achieved and the small changes that can enable a good death even in a busy acute hospital environment.

The film was directed by Rebecca Lloyd and will be made available through the Hospice Friendly Hospitals programme later this year.