OUR MISSION STATEMENT
‘To provide an appropriate and safe environment that will deliver the best practice of care and promote dignity in the end stages of life for palliative care patients and their families.’
The aim of the South Westmeath Hospice is to provide an appropriate and safe environment within which to deliver the best practice of care and promote dignity in the end stages of life for palliative care patients and their families. The services are community based, available 7 days a week and are provided without charge to users and their families.
The South Westmeath Hospice Foundation was established in l994 to help meet the needs of patients through training, the provision of Nurses and Equipment and the Respite Unit at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Athlone. It also enabled the provision of service by nurses on the Home Care team who assisted people with life threatening illnesses and their families by providing support at home.
Thanks to the extraordinary fundraising efforts and support of the people of South Westmeath and indeed beyond, in August of 2010 a four bed inpatient palliative care unit was opened on the grounds of St. Vincent’s Hospital, Athlone. The two-storey unit measures in at 8,400 sq. ft. and the vast majority (€1.45 million) of the €1.9 million euro required to fund its construction, was financed from fundraising campaigns and voluntary donations. For that the Committee of South Westmeath Hospice and the users of services the Hospice provides are extremely grateful. However, fundraising efforts must continue so that services can be provided on an ongoing basis into the future.