Enhancing adult bereavement care across Ireland is a study written by Kathy McLoughlin and published by the Irish Hospice Foundation in May 2018. It examines why Ireland needs a bereavement care structure, looks at international evidence and outlines how a national structure might work. Full-text available HERE
The booklet was crucially developed by people living with COPD, family carers, a respiratory healthcare professional, COPD Support Ireland and the IHF. It contains information on advance healthcare directives, planning legal affairs, talking to others about your wishes, palliative care needs and a list of other resources which people with COPD might find helpful. Full-Text AVAILABLE HERE
COPD is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases including chronic bronchitis or emphysema. It is a long-term illness that cannot be cured. Over 500,000 people in Ireland have COPD. Ireland also has the highest rate of COPD admissions to hospital in the EU.
The Irish Hospice Foundation encourages you to Think Ahead
The purpose of Think Ahead is to help members of the public talk about and record their preferences in the event of emergency, serious illness or death.
The Think Ahead form aims to guide you in thinking about, discussing, and recording your preferences regarding all aspects of end of life. It encourages you to ensure that those closest to you are aware of these preferences so that, should a time come when you are unable to express them yourself, your wishes will be clear to those caring for you or managing your affairs.
This report presents collated data from the Specialist Palliative Care Minimum Data Set (MDS) from the years 2012-2015 and reflects a picture of the activity within the specialist palliative care services in community, day-care and inpatient units. Every service contributes to the Minimum Data Set and there is almost 100% compliance with regard to metric data submission.
The work on the report was carried out in partnership with the HSE and a project steering group with support from the Irish Hospice Foundation. Full text is available HERE OR on the Irish Hospice Foundation website http://hospicefoundation.ie/?page_id=28820&preview=true
The ICBN has developed Standards for Supporting Bereaved Children and Young People contained in this document.
The ICBN intends this document to be used by all adults, professionals, volunteer organisations and policy makers who are concerned about bereaved children. The appropriate standard of care and support should be provided to children so that their
bereavement needs can be met regardless of their religion, culture, gender or economic status or their location within Ireland. The ICBN sees these standards being used for planning, provision, and quality review of childhood bereavement care.
Initial analysis of data from a national survey to inform the development of an Irish Charter on Death, Dying and Bereavement in Ireland.
By Dr. Kathleen McLoughlin
To access the report, please CLICK HERE