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What is the Kerry Hospice Foundation?

The Kerry Hospice Foundation (KHF) is a voluntary organisation to help provide funding and support for palliative care services in Kerry. The core idea is still as important now as the day, in 1990, when the organisation was founded. The voluntary part of our organisation is very important to us, as well as a source of great pride. No member of KHF is paid for any of their work, time, effort or any costs incurred while helping the charity. The Foundation exists only to deliver on services delivered in Kerry. All money raised in the county is spent locally. 


The Mission Statement: The mission of the Kerry Hospice Foundation is to help fund, in partnership with the HSE, the provision of Specialist Palliative Care Services which support patients who are living with an advancing illness In Kerry.


Kerry Hospice Foundation Achievements and Commitments.


  • Day Care Unit: KHF raised, and spent, €3.6 million to complete the Palliative Day Care Unit /Suaimhneas centre which opened in 2007.

  • Inpatient unit: We are currently building a 15 bed purpose built inpatient unit. This cost approximately €6.5 million euro and the plan is to be operational by Autumn 2017.

  • We have a longstanding commitment to financially support the Palliative Care Service in Kerry each year to the cost of approximately €100,000

  • When the inpatient unit is completed we have committed to financially support the ongoing cost of the service up to €400,000 for the first 5 years.

KHF also provides funding for:

  • Extra nursing care, including night and twilight nursing in people’s homes.

  • Refurbishing hospice rooms in some of the community hospitals

  • Patients who require palliative care beds/care in designated nursing homes

  • Palliative Care equipment, aids and appliances to enable people to live more comfortably at home

  • Extra support for patients and their families

  • Ongoing education of nurse specialists and members of the multidisciplinary team in Specialist Palliative Care


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