Research carried out by academics at the University of Limerick has found that the Milford Care Centre ‘Hospice at Home’ Service has exceeded the care expectations of recipients and carers. The multi-disciplinary team delivered service, emanating from Milford Hospice as the hub of specialist palliative care service delivery, was established in 2006 in order for patients from throughout the Mid West Region to receive palliative care in their own homes. It is the first service of this kind to be made available in Ireland.
The independent evaluation report was commissioned with the aim of examining whether the service offered a viable and effective model for delivering a range of palliative care services to patients and their families in the community.
The overall finding from the evaluation, which was conducted by a team of UL researchers led by Dr Elizabeth McKay, Department of Occupational Therapy and Dr Ann Taylor, Department of Physiotherapy, was that the Hospice at Home service was highly regarded and valued by its recipients. Both carers and patients were highly satisfied with their interactions with the members of the team and the service they provided.
Speaking from the launch of the report Pat Quinlan, Milford Care Centre Chief Executive said “The Centre is very re-assured by the findings of the Evaluation Report as we seem to be meeting patient’s need and satisfying patient care choices in as far is possible. In Milford, what we try to accomplish every day, is the delivery of high quality patient centred care. After all, this is what Milford is all about” he concluded.
Speaking at the event Professor Mary O’Sullivan said that the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences at UL has been actively engaged with Milford Care Centre and in 2008 established ‘Sli’ an official partnership between both institutions to progress palliative care services in the mid-west region. “In partnership we seek to work to create an academic and clinical alliance, to complete research in highly relevant and translatable areas and to create teaching and learning opportunities in support of palliative care. This research report is one outcome of this collaboration.”
The Hospice at Home service is supported by funding from HSE and donations from the public as well as significant donation from The Atlantic Philanthropies.