Supporting Care and Compassion at End of Life in Nursing Homes
A continuous learning programme

Caru is a new learning programme for nursing homes. The initiative has been developed by the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) in partnership with All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) and the HSE.

This five-year programme is offered free of charge to every Nursing Home in Ireland, numbering approximately 580.  Its aim is to improve the delivery to residents of compassionate and person-centred palliative, end-of-life, and bereavement care. This will be achieved through a multi-strand, integrated programme which enables all nursing homes to engage at a level appropriate to them.

Caru AIIHPC Webinars

As a Caru programme partner, All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) facilitates 6 webinars annually. These online events cover a wide range of topics which reflect the complexity of both palliative care and the care of older people. These include topics of interest in areas of clinical knowledge, symptom recognition, patient management and current best practices. Sectoral developments of national importance and updates in palliative care and the care of older people also form part of the webinar programme.

These virtual events are free and are open to staff in all nursing homes. 

The webinars are one hour long and include a presentation by a subject expert, followed by a facilitated questions and answers session, usually with a panel of experts from a range of disciplines and organisations. Participants are encouraged to submit topic related questions during the registration process for each webinar, as well during each session via the chat facility.


All webinars are recorded and are accessible on the Caru Learning Hub area of the AIIHPC Palliative Hub Learning Platform.

To access recordings, please follow this link to the Platform.  If you are already a registered user of this platform, please sign in.  If you are not already registered, please follow the registration instructions and sign in.  Once you have signed in, choose Caru Learning Hub from the My Courses menu. You will need to complete a brief, one-time-only, Caru enrolment form before you can access the webinar recordings.

2024 webinar series

Preventing and Managing Falls in Care Settings – Palliative Care and Older Adult Perspectives. Agata Dzbenska-Berney, Senior Occupational Therapist and Jean Ryan, Senior Physiotherapist, Milford Care Centre

Update on the Use and Management of Syringe Pumps in Residential Settings, Marie McEvoy, clinical Nurse Specialist for Older Persons and Kershni Moodley, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services

2023 webinar series

A Palliative Care Approach for People Living with Dementia in Residential Settings. Prof Suzanne Timmons, University College Cork

Preventative Measures for Residents with High Risk of Stroke. Lisa Donnelly, Connolly Hospital

Ethical Issues Relative to End of Life in the Nursing Home and Residential Care Setting. Dr Bernadette Brady, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services and St James’s Hospital

Update on Polypharmacy, Medication Management and Deprescribing in Palliative Care in Nursing Home and Residential Care Settings. Chris Dalton, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services and Clara H. Heinrich, University College Cork

Into the Light – Illuminating Inclusion and Diversity in Palliative and End of Life Care. Dr Barry Quinn QUB, Jacqui Browne, Damian McGrath

Preventing and Managing Palliative Care Emergencies and Making Timely Referrals to Specialist Palliative Care.  (Thurs 23 Nov 23 3,00-4,00pm. Please follow this link for more information and to register)

2022 webinar series

Update on Parkinson’s Disease and Nursing Home Care. Dr Ruth Mc Donagh, Tallaght University Hospital

The Deteriorating Patient in a Nursing Home Setting. Claire Noonan, Tallaght University Hospital

Delirium and Nursing Home Care.  Dr Aoife Fallon, Tallaght University Hospital

An Update on Falls and Nursing Home Care.  Dr Robert Briggs, St James’s Hospital

Palliative and End of Life Care in Residential Care Settings. Dr Michael Connolly, University College Dublin

Update on Mental Health and Older People in Residential Settings.  Dr Niall Galligan, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services

For further information on the Caru Programme, Caru Webinars or Caru AIIHPC Project Echo Nursing Home Knowledge Networks please contact:
Miriam Ahern, Programme Manager for Nursing Home Education & Project ECHO     e:     t: 087 096 4468