About palliative care

When you're caring for your loved on in your home, the palliative community care services can offer support. Find out more about what they do and how they can help.

Palliative care nurses

The Community Palliative Care Team (also called the Palliative Homecare Team) are a group of doctors and nurses who work together with other community services to look after people at the end of life.

They call to your home and support you on an ongoing basis with medical and nursing care, emotional and social support. When necessary they will book home night nursing to help support you during the night.

The Community palliative care service is free of charge to you and funded by the local health board or hospice group with support from the Irish Cancer Society. We provide grants of over €1,000,000 towards the salaries of these nurses.

About palliative care

Palliative community care services are lead by General Practitioners (GP’s) with the support of Public Health Nurses. They will connect with the Community Palliative Care Team where you live.

How to book palliative care services

You can book a palliative care nurse through your family General Practitioner, Public Health Nurse or hospital based palliative care team.

Call our National Cancer Helpline

Freephone 1800 200 700 to talk to a specialist cancer nurse.
It's open Monday-Thursday from 9am to 7pm and Friday from 9am to 5pm.