Galway Hospice has been shortlisted for a Charity Impact Award 2021, which shines a light on the hospice’s impact and achievements during the pandemic.
Voting is now open on the Charity Impact Awards’ website under ‘large organisations’ and people are being encouraged to vote for Galway Hospice before voting closes on 3 November 2021.
Galway Hospice provides support and care to people in Galway living with a range of life-limiting illnesses. It strives to help these patients and families live each of life’s moments to the fullest, with the ones who matter most.
The hospice has continued to care throughout the pandemic, with its team making 6,366 visits and 27,283 calls to patients in the community as well as caring for 300 inpatients.
Its Medical Social Work team developed new ways to support patients and families, including virtual Remembrance Services and a socially distanced Walk & Talk group, where bereaved individuals can meet others and our team in a local woodland.
Art Therapy developed a project which saw patients, families and staff painting to keep everyone connected and creative during lockdown.
The Community Team also put together information packs for nursing homes/ GPs to provide guidance on medications for end of life care.
The COVID pandemic has impacted day-to-day life for the hospice, but for patients under the care of its ‘home away from home’ Inpatient Unit, staff continue to ensure their experience is as comfortable as possible.
The online vote accounts for 25% of the judges’ score.