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Palliative Care Week 12-18 September 2021

Palliative Care Week will take place from Sunday 12 to Saturday 18 September 2021.

Palliative Care Week aims to raise awareness of the difference palliative care can make to people with life-limiting conditions, carers and families throughout the island of Ireland. Working with partners and colleagues across the palliative care sector and with other organisations and individuals interested in health and well being, All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) has facilitated an annual Palliative Care Week since 2014.

Why Palliative Care Week ?

  • Misunderstanding about palliative care persists, meaning some people who could benefit are less willing to seek it, potentially missing out on improved quality of life
  • It comes under the broad understanding of public health approaches to palliative care
  • It is in line with key palliative care policies across the island of Ireland

You can read the AIIHPC report on Palliative Care Week 2020 here.

Our theme for 2021

Palliative Care: It’s more than you think, is the theme for Palliative Care Week 12 to 18 September 2021. The theme was decided following feedback from a range of people including Voices4Care members and the Palliative Care Week Reference Group. We want to increase understanding of what palliative care is and raise awareness of its benefits for people with life-limiting conditions.

2021 Key messages

  1. Often people think that palliative care is only available at end of life, but it can benefit people at all stages of illness and people of all ages.
  2. It can benefit quality of life of people with advanced cancer, heart and lung disease, dementia and other progressive neurological illness.
  3. It can be provided for years, with some people having long periods of being well, moving in and out of palliative care services depending on their needs.
  4. It improves the quality of life of family carers as well as the quality of life of the person with palliative care needs.
  5. It can be received in a hospice/specialist palliative care unit, a hospital, nursing home or at the person’s own home.
  6. It’s about more than physical symptoms, caring for the emotional, social and spiritual needs of the person and those important to them.

If you would like to get involved in Palliative Care Week 2021, please contact Yvonne McCahill at AIIHPC on ymccahill@aiihpc.org

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