76% people want to die at home, but only 26% are able to due to difficulties in meeting their medical needs. We fund night nursing so people can fulfil their final wish to spend their last days in their homes, also providing much needed respite for their families. In 2017 we will receive requests for 2,500 nights of nursing around Ireland. It will cost us $336 per night ($858,960) (a 23% increase on 2016). We receive limited core state funding so are reliant on donations to fund this service.
76% people want to die in the comfort of their own homes, surrounded by their families, belongings and memories. However, due to difficulties in meeting their medical needs, regrettably only 26% of people in Ireland are able to die at home. Our objective is to ensure that everyone who wants to die at home throughout Ireland is granted their final wish.
Since 2006, The Irish Hospice Foundation has provided funding for night nursing. This service - Nurses for Night Care - not only provides the necessary assistance to allow people to die in their own homes as they wish (free of charge), but also provides much needed respite and support for families and carers.
Demand for this service is growing rapidly and so are the costs. This year we expect to receive requests to provide around 2,500 nights of Nurses for Night Care. Whilst this is an ongoing service, we view each person we care for as an individual and hope that we can raise enough money to provide support for everyone who needs our help. Each night of care we fund gives someone the choice and dignity to spend their final hours in their home, surrounded by their belongings and memories.