Care of Older People is provided on three wards, St. Anne’s, St. John’s and St. Camillus’ and is comprised of Respite Care (18 beds) and Continuing Care (39 beds) and Intermediate Palliative Care (6 beds). This service is provided by a multi-disciplinary team who will provide individualised nursing and medical care, diversional and social support and spiritual accompaniment to the resident and their family.
Respite Care is a service whereby people are admitted for short periods, normally two weeks, to give their primary carer at home a break. Access to the respite beds can be arranged through your public health nurse.
Intermediate Palliative Care This service is offered within the Service for Older People and provides specialist support and care to the individual and focuses on their quality of life and symptom management. Admission to Intermediate Palliative Care (I.P.C) beds is decided following a referral from the Specialist Palliative Care Consultant.
Specialist Palliative Care Marymount University Hospice is the designated specialist palliative care centre for Cork city and county and provides a closely integrated programme of care delivered across a range of hospital and community-based settings. The service is closely allied to the specialist palliative care services based at Kerry General Hospital, Tralee. The new facility at Curraheen on the western side of Cork city was opened in 2011. Staffed by a full interdisciplinary team of highly trained professionals, the service is home to a 44 bed in-patient unit, a day hospice, out-patient department and community-based programme. Marymount University Hospice supports a dedicated specialist palliative care service in all of the acute hospitals across the region.
Community Palliative Care is a service to support patients who choose to be cared for and sometimes die in their own homes, in a local community hospital or nursing home.
St Luke’s Day Care Unit is located in the hospice. The service is primarily aimed at patients who are home-based, and presents them with an opportunity to get out of their regular environment, to meet other patients in a stimulating setting, and to access the services of the hospice. It also gives carers at home a short break from their care duties.