What We Do
Mayo Roscommon Hospice in association with HSE West funds a specialist palliative care service, which is free of charge, to patients and families living with life-limiting illness in counties Mayo and Roscommon. The service is available to patients in their homes and hospitals. Our mission is to care and support while meeting both the physical and emotional needs of patients and their loved ones. This vital service enables patients to live life to the full in comfort and dignity by improving their quality of life through pain control and alleviating other distressing symptoms. Patients are referred to Hospice by either their General Practitioner or their hospital consultant.
- Specialist palliative home care nursing 7 days a week 365 days a year
- Social work services.
- Hospice care workers/sitter service and extra home help
- Counselling and psychological support to patients and their families
- Financial support and advice for families who experience hardship due to illness
- Ongoing training and education for the palliative care teams
- Other supports to patients and families on an individual assessment basis
- Bereavement counselling
- Development of two new hospices in Mayo and Roscommon costing €15 million
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What is Palliative Care?
‘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 impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.’
World Health Organisation, 2002 - WHO Definition of Palliative Care
Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation strives to offer world-class, professional, loving and person-centred specialist Palliative Care to people with life-limiting illness who are approaching the end of life. Palliative Care aims to meet the physical, practical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and carers facing progressive illness that may limit or shorten their lives and includes bereavement support. This care can be provided at any stage following diagnosis. It is for people of all ages to help them live as well as possible.
What does palliative care do?
- 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 counselling, 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.