Hospice care is available to people of any age in the advanced stages of a life-limiting illness. Hospice care cannot claim to extend life, but it aims to improve the quality of life for each patient, so that each day can be lived to the full. Specialist hospice care is provided in a number of settings, including the home, which is the preferred choice of the majority of patients. A notable feature of Hospice care is that all services are provided free of charge, regardless of each person's means. Hospice also provides a range of supports to the families of patients.
You can discuss palliative care with your GP, hospital doctors or consultant. They will then, if appropriate, refer the patient to the Galway Hospice team.
New patients to the service are usually seen by the Community Palliative Care team within 24 to 72 hours of the patient being referred.
The Community Palliative Care team help to manage pain control, nausea and vomiting etc. as well as offering psychological support, respite and end of life care.
It was very important for us to be with Lorcan in our home when he passed away. The support of the Hospice team enabled us to do that
John and Noreen Meehan, Oranmore, Galway
When required, patients can be admitted to the Inpatient Unit. During their stay in the Inpatient Unit, patients will receive treatment (known as palliative care) to help relieve pain and other symptoms causing discomfort.
Please accept our heartfelt gratitude for the wonderful care and attention afforded to Kieran during his stay within the hospice
Claire Dooley, Newcastle, Galway
We were so fortunate to have had the services of the Galway Hospice available to us as we cared for Dad during his final weeks of living
Cathy Quinn, Gort, Co. Galway
Not all patients require a 24 hour program of nursing care, but for those whose lifestyle is affected by progressive illness, a visit to the Day Care Unit can bring enjoyment and improved quality of life. Caring for the patient full-time is a major source of stress on carers and families. The Day Care Unit can alleviate some of these stresses by giving carers a brief period of respite.
I love Day Care. I would be lost without it. I look forward to coming in every week and meeting everyone
Jean Waters, Oranmore, Galway
The Galway Hospice team provides Home Care services throughout County Galway, and on the Aran and Inishbofin Islands. Within this region, Home Care services are available to anyone who needs them. The Galway Hospice Inpatient Unit is currently the specialist inpatient facility for the three counties of Galway, Mayo & Roscommon. Home Care services in counties Mayo & Roscommon are provided by Mayo/Roscommon Hospice Foundation.