Palliative Care Support Beds (Level II) 2019-01-17T10:45:35+00:00

Palliative Care Support Beds (Level II)

Supportive Palliative Care is guided by the Palliative Philosophy (i.e. care that is individualised to each patient’s needs). It acknowledges the person’s physical, social, psychological and spiritual needs and is delivered through a multi-professional approach.  Supportive Palliative Care is delivered by a generalist team with some training in Palliative Care. At Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, the Palliative Care support beds are located in a residential care setting on our Harold’s Cross grounds called Anna Gaynor House.

We consider all people with advanced chronic or terminal illness who:

  • Will benefit particularly from a Palliative Care approach.
  • Have a prognosis of less than twelve months.
  • Are dependent on nursing and medical care and for whom recovery to independent living is unlikely.
  • Are over the age of 65. These support beds are within a residential unit, and as such residents are generally over 65 years of age. Younger people are considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Have specific needs that can be met by the unit.

Our care team includes doctors, nurses, care assistants, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers, complementary and creative arts therapists, chaplaincy, chiropodist and volunteers. There is also a specialist Palliative Care support team.

There are various types of accommodation in the Anna Gaynor Unit, including four-bed (single sex) bays, rooms with two beds and single rooms.

Your doctor can refer you to a Palliative Care support bed.  The referral form is available from and returned to the Admissions Manager. If you have not already been reviewed by a consultant in Palliative Medicine, we will arrange it.

On receipt, all referrals are reviewed to check that the support beds are the correct option for the person. The referrer is contacted if there are any concerns. The support beds are very popular and limited in number. It is important to be aware that there may be a waiting time. In preparation for a bed becoming available, arrangements are made for the person to meet members of the Anna Gaynor team to talk to them about the unit, to answer their questions and to ensure that their needs can be met by the unit.

Absolutely, you can arrange to visit the unit by contacting the Admissions Manager.

Charges will be agreed in consultation with the Patient Accounts Office on completion of the relevant Financial Assessment Form under Health (Charges for Inpatient Services) Regulations 2005.

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