Public Awareness

Palliative Care Week 2015 takes place across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland from 25-31 October

This week aims to increase public understanding of palliative care is and being coordinated by All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC).

The theme of this year’s campaign is: Quality Care - where it's needed, when it's needed.

Key Messages

A Palliative Care approach...

  • Can be provided in many different settings – at home, in a nursing home, in hospital, or in a hospice – depending on each person’s needs and preferences
  • Aims to achieve the best possible quality of life for people with serious illness
  • Is beneficial for anyone with a non-curable  illness, regardless of age or condition
  • May be suitable for a number of years, not just the weeks and days at the end of life
  • Supports family, friends and carers both during an illness and afterwards.

Quality Care - where it's needed, when it's needed

Quality Care

Palliative Care: Asking the questions that matter to me 

This booklet has been developed by AIIHPC's Palliative Care Senior Nurses Network as an aid for people seeking information from their health care professional following diagnosis of a life-limiting condition. The purpose of this booklet is to help people ask the questions they need to gain the information they need about their own illness or their loved ones illness and what role palliative care can provide. 

Download: Palliative Care: Asking the questions that matter to me

Where it's needed

To find out more about the services available to you and the different places you can receive palliative care go to: The Palliative Hub - Adult

When it's needed

You can find out more about palliative care by visiting The Palliative Hub - Adult

For many conditions

Palliative care can help advise you on how to cope with a variety of conditions and symptoms. The below video was created by AIIHPC's Palliative Care Senior Nurse Network and advises people on how to cope with constipation. A condition that can affect many people with palliative care needs.

A whole family approach

This series of videos features six separate interviews which offer a carer’s perspective on palliative care and highlights their experience of palliative care across the island of Ireland

Next steps...

  • Organise onsite local information events during October 25-31
  • Download the Palliative Care Week 2015 leaflets and posters
  • Join our twitter campaign by sharing your palliative care news and events using #pallcareweek