Hospice signs up partner firms
Our Lady's Hospice & Care Services in Dublin has announced it has formed tie-intnerships with Massey Bros Funeral Directors and Kilternan Cemetery Park.
The partnerships, over a five-year period, are worth €100,000 in total each, and will form the cornerstone for investment in the new Palliative Care Unit at the Harold's Cross Hospice, a statement from the hospice said.
The capital build will see 36 new single palliative care rooms (PCUs) on site, replacing out-dated rooms and former four bed bays.
According to a spokesperson from the hospice, the new units will improve patients' quality of life by ensuring all rooms are single rooms, allow families to stay overnight, improving infection-control and same-sex area restrictions in current four-bed bays, and assure patients' dignity and privacy to live out their final days.
"We are so delighted that both companies have taken such a philanthropic view.
"They have seen the future need for this build, with Ireland's over-65 population expected to almost triple to 1.4 million over the next 30 years," Audrey Houlihan, CEO of Our Lady's Hospice & Care Services said.
"Without funding such as this, we would not be able to reach these standards of care," Ms Houlihan said.
Robert Maguire, general manager, Massey Bros Funeral Directors, described the partnership as a "natural alliance for us as the care and professional support they give people at end of life is mirrored in our approach to treat everyone who comes to us".