What is Palliative Care?

Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services strives to offer world-class, professional, loving and person-centred specialist Palliative Care to people with life-threatening illness who are approaching the end of life. This happens in our facilities in Harold’s Cross and Blackrock and in patients’ homes. Our philosophy of care is about helping patients of all ages to live well and die well, with dignity and peace of mind.

Palliative Care is care given to improve the quality of life of patients who have serious or life-limiting conditions. This means a condition, illness or disease which is progressive and cannot be cured.

We aim to treat, as early as possible, the symptoms of the disease (or side-effects caused by treatments) and any psychological, social and spiritual problems related to the illness. We also assist families and caregivers through this experience and provide a bereavement support service to people who are grieving.

Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services provides a specialist Palliative Care service through an interdisciplinary team, guided by a consultant physician in Palliative Medicine.