Who are we?
Waterford Hospice Movement (WHM) CLG was established in 1988 to provide a Hospice Homecare Palliative Care Service to the people of Waterford City & County and South Kilkenny. The service was provided in the Community to patients in their own homes, Community Hospitals and Nursing Homes. As the service evolved it was evident that Waterford and the South East Region did not have an inpatient hospice facility analogous with other regions of the country. On this basis WHM in addition to the provision of Community Specialist Palliative Care Service (CSPCS) fundraised €6m towards the building costs of the new SEPCC. Waterford.
Waterford Hospice is now accommodated in this building and whilst the governance and costs of the CSPCS transferred to the HSE earlier this year, the Charity will now focus on supporting the provision of a range of ancillary services and supports for patients and families whom require a palliative care service whether in the new SEPCC or in the community, and in doing so compliment the clinical services provided by the HSE, and overtime reflecting the range of services and supports provided by Hospices across the country.
What is Palliative Care?
Palliative Care is an approach that improves quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-limiting illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification, assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual. The specialist palliative care team works in partnership with other clinical staff in the community including GPs, Public Health Nurses, Occupational Therapy and Complimentary Therapy Staff
In summary Palliative Care:
- 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 persons live as actively as possible until death.
- Offers a support system to help the family cope during the patient’s illness and in their own bereavement.
- Uses a team approach to address the needs of persons and their families including bereavement counselling.
- 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.
The organization is governed by a Board of Directors. All Board Members give their time voluntarily and receive no payment. The office is staffed by a Manager and Communications and Fundraising Coordinator.
Accounts are audited annually and Annual Accounts are published and lodged with the Charities Regulator and Annual Returns are made to the Company’s Registration Office (CRO).
How can you help now ?
- Make an online donation via this website waterfordhospice.ie
- Call the office (051) 844 847 to make a donation by Credit/Debit Card.
- Make a donation by cash/cheque via our office/bank.
- Create a fundraising page via www.iDonate.ie
- Organise a fundraising event. (Please notify Waterford Hospice in advance)
- Organize with your work colleagues to donate €2 a week from their pay.
- Purchase from our On-Line shop
- Remember us in your Will www.waterfordhospice.ie/fundraising/wills-legacies
- Arrange a Standing Order with your Bank using the form here.
- Donate €4 now by texting the word ‘HOSPICE’ to 50300. 100% of text cost goes to Waterford Hospice across most network providers. Some providers apply VAT meaning a minimum of €3.26 will go to Waterford Hospice. SP-LIKECHARITY 01443 3890