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 indicated at any stage in a life limiting condition, (that is a condition that cannot be cured). It can be delivered by a GP, public health nurse or nursing home. The emphasis in palliative care is on quality of life and living as fully as possible with a progressive illness. This is achieved by providing support to the patient and their family and assessment of symptoms that are causing distress. The nurse works closely with the GP to control these symptoms.
The service is provided by a team of Clinical Nurse Specialists and an Occupational Therapist. The service is 9-5, 7 days a week. There is 1 nurse on call for the county on Saturday and Sunday. 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
In 2018, the hospice homecare service cost €670,967 to run and the HSE contribution was €201,720. The balance of €469,247 was met through fundraising and voluntary donations. In 2019, the Hospice received €72,076 from the proceeds of Hope and Dream 10.
However all these funding streams have been significantly impacted due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic. They are heavily dependent on the proceeds raised through Hope and Dream 10, to continue to provide services.