Family, Life, Care
LauraLynn is a hospice for children with life-limiting conditions and residential care for young adults with disabilities. We employ approximately 140 staff within our teaching, fundraising and care provision departments.
The history of our hospice has evolved over many years from its beginnings in 1925 as a convalescence home for children from the inner city, to the recent opening in 2011 of LauraLynn House, a dedicated 8 bed children’s palliative care unit. This award winning healthcare building and it’s everyday operations are funded by the generous support of our donors.
On our 3.6 acre site, in addition to LauraLynn House are Hazel House, Holly Oaks and Willow View, which were formerly known collectively as Children’s Sunshine Home. Within these residential houses we provide care for young people with intellectual disabilities and funding is provided by the HSE. In providing a safe and effective service for the children and young people within our care, we are guided by HIQA’s key principles of care.
Our recently established Clinical Education and Research Department provides training programmes tailored to meet the key needs of the evolving disciplines required by health professionals working in the relatively new specialty of children’s palliative care.
Additionally, in embracing the need to improve the quality of children’s palliative care, we collaborated recently in the hosting of Irelands’ first Children’s Palliative Care Conference. We anticipate going forward that this new collaborative approach in working with other organisations will be key to enabling children with life-limiting conditions to access quality care, in the Home, Hospital or Hospice.
We are currently piloting our LauraLynn@HOME care programme in two locations in Ireland. This will enable children with life-limiting conditions and their family to access palliative care and support within their own home. For further information click here.