Palliative Care Week

6 Oct

The first ever Palliative Care Week takes place from today until Saturday (Oct 6th – 11th), organised by the All Ireland Institute of Hospice & Palliative Care (AIIHPC).  The aim is to raise a deeper public understanding of palliative care regarding when it can be used, who it is for and what its benefits are.

What is Palliative Care:

  • Aims to achieve the best possible quality of life for people with serious illness
  • Care for all aspects of the person – mind, body & spiritual
  • Is beneficial for anyone with a non-curable illness regardless of age or condition
  • Supports family, friends & carers both during an illness & afterwards
  • May be suitable for a number of years, not just the weeks & days at the end of life

Palliative Care is for:

  • A baby born with such serious difficulties that they are unlikely to survive
  • A child or young person with a life-limiting condition
  • An adult of any age facing conditions such as motor neurone disease, cancer or other advanced chronic disorders
  • An older person who may be facing a number of advanced progressive conditions affecting their quality of life
  • Family members & carers during the illness & afterwards

LauraLynn House our dedicated palliative care facility is Ireland’s ONLY children’s hospice, ensuring that all children with life-limiting conditions across Ireland can make the most of every moment they have with families.  Our philosophy and holistic approach to care ensures we support the whole family, allowing parents to have time to be ‘Mum & Dad’ rather than full-time carers and bring love, friendship, play & laughter into the lives of very ill children.

Find out more on Palliative Care Week here.

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