We are delighted to collaborate with Wicklow Hospice, Blackrock Hospice, MS Ireland, Spina Bifida Ireland and Pieta House, we hope that through future events and fundraising we can help make a real differences to our chosen partners.
Our mission in Wicklow Hospice Foundation is the provision of a 15-room hospice in-patient unit at Magheramore in Wicklow which will serve as the hub of an integrated palliative care service for the County.
How we care for those with life-limiting illnesses – providing care, comfort and dignity – is a true measure of our society’s values and our health care system. Most of us are affected at some point by this experience, and in each case we only get one chance to ‘get it right’.
It is envisaged that the hospice will enable more people to be discharged from hospital settings to their preferred place of care – their home or local hospice. The hospice unit will provide day-care, outpatient clinics, respite care and access to multidisciplinary specialist services. The new service will not only meet the preferred care needs of patients but will also be more cost-effective than current services.
The Specialist Palliative Care unit in Blackrock Hospice opened in September 2003. Annually, over 550 new patients are seen by our community homecare team, with a combined total of almost 12,370 home visits carried out between the two sites. Our Day Hospice has in excess of 120 new patients availing of the service, with over 800 attendances annually. The Specialist Palliative Care unit sees over 165 admissions per year.
The Hospice has close links to all major South Dublin hospitals including St. Vincent’s University Hospital, St. Michael’s Hospital and St. Columcille’s Hospital. As well as it’s South Dublin catchment area, Blackrock Hospice provides day hospice and inpatient unit admissions to the people of County Wicklow.
The MS Care Centre is the only dedicated respite centre for people with Multiple Sclerosis in Ireland and is a place for residents to learn more about their MS and find ways to self-manage their condition.
It offers short-term respite care to people with MS and other neurological conditions, therapeutic services, neurological assessments and many social activities in a homely environment in the suburbs of Dublin. Our ‘home away from home’ is a place of rest and relaxation for people from all over Ireland.
Spina Bifida Ireland
In 1968 a small group of parents whose children had spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus established a voluntary organisation which would highlight awareness of these two conditions and support families, individuals and carers who were affected. Their determination and dedication resulted in the establishment of The Irish Association for Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus (IASBAH). The association was formed by parents who were committed to taking action to improve the prospects of people who were living with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus in Ireland.
These parents were pioneers who laid the foundations for what is now a nationally recognised organisation. Their optimistic spirit encouraged them to affect real change for people who had the conditions, their families and carers.
In April 2008 the National Association of Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland Ltd was formed, and trades as Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland (SBHI).
Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland continues its tradition as a voluntary organisation, with an elected Board of Directors made up of voluntary members and parents as well as branches in all four provinces which are run by groups of local volunteers. The association has thousands of members nationwide consisting of, those with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus, their parents, siblings, family, friends and carers. The biggest strength of the association continues to be its members and volunteers. Our members have a wealth of knowledge and experience which is invaluable to the association and its future development.
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