Public encouraged to Think Ahead about end of life

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Pharmacists in Limerick are encouraging the public to learn more about the Think Ahead initiative currently being piloted here.

Pharmacists in Limerick are encouraging the public to learn more about the Think Ahead initiative currently being piloted here.

The pilot project is designed to get people thinking about their wishes in the event of an emergency, serious illness or death and is being run by the Irish Hospice Foundation, in conjunction with the Compassionate Communities project of Milford Care Centre.

The Think Ahead forms are available in in pharmacies, as well as Citizens Information offices and libraries.

“The Irish Pharmacy Union is delighted to be involved in this very important initiative, which has been widely supported by pharmacists in Limerick,” said local pharmacist John Gleeson, treasurer of the Irish Pharmacy Union.

“The community pharmacist is the most accessible element of the health services and a trusted advisor on healthcare issues,” he continued.

“Promoting this initiative through pharmacies will ensure that as wide an audience as possible will receive information and guidance to assist individuals and their loved ones to adequately plan for serious illness or death in a caring and dignified manner.”

The scheme encourages people to prepare for every eventuality if they become ill or die, from care preferences and their financial affairs to organ donation and burial arrangements.

Limerick’s person of the year Richard Lynch of ILoveLimerick.com and a full time carer himself, launched the project in September, stating that “few of us want to think about difficult issues such as life threatening illness or death, but by thinking and having these conversations now, you can get on with living your life”.

For more see www.thinkahead.ie.