We are delighted to welcome County Wexford Hospice Homecare to the event again this year.
Wexford Hospice Homecare service was established in 1991 by a voluntary committee to provide a home based Specialist Palliative Care Service in County Wexford. The aim of the service is to enhance the palliative care of patients in the home and the community, and to support and assist their families and professional carers. This service is available to people throughout County Wexford. The service is provided by a group of specialist palliative care nurses.
The service is funded through voluntary donations from organisations and individuals throughout the county. It is also supported by an annual subvention from the HSE. All money raised in County Wexford stays in County Wexford.
Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.
• provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms;
• affirms life and regards dying as a normal process;
• intends neither to hasten or postpone death;
• integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care;
• offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death;
• offers a support system to help the family cope during the patients illness and in their own bereavement;
• uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families, including bereavement support, if indicated;
• will enhance quality of life, and may also positively influence the course of illness;
• is applicable early in the course of illness, in conjunction with other therapies that are intended to prolong life, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy, and includes those investigations needed to better understand and manage distressing clinical complications.
The service is provided by a team of Clinical Nurse Specialists and an Occupational Therapist. The specialist nursing service is in place 365 days a year to provide specialist palliative care ensuring that people who are coping with a life threatening illness can access appropriate homecare and support. The aim of the service is to enhance the palliative care of patients in the home / community setting and to support and assist their families and professional carers. The Team provide the service by means of early identification and assessment and treatment of pain and other problems physical, psychosocial and spiritual.
The majority of patients cared for are cancer patients, but as our service has developed and expanded it is now also available for pain and symptom control in patients with other non-malignant conditions such as Motor Neurone, Muscular Dystrophy & MS.
How to avail of our hospice service
Patients are referred to the Consultant led Palliative Care Service by either their Hospital Consultant or their General Practitioner. Inpatient/Hospital referrals are made by the patient’s Consultant. Community/Home referrals are made by the patients General Practitioner. Home Care is provided by the Palliative Care Team working in co-operation with the patients General Practitioner and the Public Health Nurses.
All care is provided free of charge.
The County Wexford Hospice Homecare Service is registered in Ireland as a limited company and has charitable status. The assets of the Hospice Homecare Service are held in trust under the Memorandum and Articles of Association by the directors who are unpaid. The Board of Directors is responsible for setting the funding policy of the Homecare Service and liaising with the HSE. The funding of the Service is provided through support groups throughout the county with many other individuals and a yearly grant from the HSE.
There are 5 Fundraising Committees in County Wexford:
Company Name: County Wexford Homecare Team Ltd
Registered Office: Wexford General Hospital
Charity Number: CHY 10605