This week, September 11th-17th, is Palliative Care Week and the aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the importance of this kind of care and to encourage the public to become better informed about palliative care and its benefits.
As Ireland’s only Children’s Hospice, LauraLynn understand how palliative care can have a hugely positive impact on the lives of children with life-limiting conditions and their families.
Palliative care focuses on the person’s physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs, and also supports the person’s family, carers and those close to them.
The theme of this year’s campaign is ‘Palliative Care, Living as well as Possible’ and the chosen tagline aims to correct misconceptions that palliative care is only available at End-of-Life. Palliative care can benefit people at all stages of illness and people of all ages allowing them to enjoy a quality of life and enabling them to live as well as possible.
The Smith family from County Cavan have been availing of LauraLynn’s care and supports for their seven-year-old son, Jake, for a number of years. The Smiths shared their story to promote the campaign and raise awareness for palliative care. Jake’s parents, Andrea and Padraic, explain how the care they receive as a family allows them to live as well as possible.
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