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Northern Ireland – Palliative Care beneficial in many settings – the home, nursing home, hospital or hospice

Issued by the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care

Friday, October 16, 2015

 

Palliative Care beneficial in many settings – the home, nursing home, hospital or hospice

 

Palliative care approach encouraged in both community and healthcare settings

A public information campaign to highlight the benefits of a palliative care approach, both in community and healthcare settings, has been launched in Northern Ireland.

Palliative Care Week 2015 is being coordinated by the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC), supported by the Public Health Agency (PHA), and takes place from October 25-31.

The campaign follows a recent AIIHPC survey which found that 68% of people with an incurable illness wanted to plan for the future of their care. It also found that people wanted more timely and appropriate information and better emotional and psychological care.

The key message for Palliative Care Week is that a palliative approach to care can be provided in many different care settings – at home, in a nursing home, in a hospital, or in a hospice – depending on each person’s needs, preferences and decisions.

Institute Director Paddie Blaney urged people’s understanding to move away from a perception that palliative care is only about a person’s final weeks and days in a hospital or hospice.

“A palliative care approach cares for all elements of a person with a serious or non-curable illness – emotional, physical and spiritual. Taking this approach early on can mean being able to experience the best possible quality of life for longer.”

“It may mean being able to spend most of the time at home and accessing hospice care when symptoms become too difficult to manage, or going in and out of hospital for specialist care when needed, or receiving quality of life care in a nursing home.”

“We encourage patients, families and carers to talk with their health and social care professionals about having a palliative care approach included as part of planning their care.”

The awareness drive is being widely supported by health and social care services in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Corrina Grimes, Allied Health Professionals Consultant at the PHA, said: “I warmly welcome Palliative Care Week as an opportunity to encourage greater awareness among patients, carers, families and health and social care professionals about how palliative care can improve quality of life for many different people across many different community based or healthcare based settings.”

The campaign is also being supported by Voices4Care member and patient advocate Lisburn based Arthur Newell who said: “For each person, living with serious illness, taking a palliative care approach ensures living with the best possible quality of life at each stage of an illness.”

The campaign is being supported by the Public Health Agency, the five Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Trusts and providers of hospice and palliative care across, as well as health agencies and providers in the Republic of Ireland.

Many information events will take place across both jurisdictions during Palliative Care Week. More information is at www.palliativecareweek.com

 

Further Information

Ronan Cavanagh, Cavanagh Communications: 00353 (0) 86 317 9731.

Twitter: #pallcareweek

www.palliativecareweek.com

 

NOTES to the Editor

AIIHPC

The All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) aims to improve end-of-life care and experience on the island of Ireland by enhancing capacity, developing knowledge, promoting learning, influencing policy and shaping practice. AIIHPC is comprised of a consortium of Health Agencies and Universities in the North and South of Ireland and its work is focused on three areas – policy & practice, research and education.

Voices4Care

Voices4Care is an initiative of AIIHPC to involve people receiving palliative care (service users), carers and the wider community in the development of the palliative care sector.

All-Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care at Our Lady's Hospice and Care Services, Harold's Cross, Dublin 6. Tel: +353 (0)1 491 2948. Email: info@aiihpc.org