UL research gives thumbs up to Milford’s home care services

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

RESEARCH carried out by top academics in the University of Limerick has praised the level of care provided by Milford Care Centre through its ‘Hospice at Home’ service.

RESEARCH carried out by top academics in the University of Limerick has praised the level of care provided by Milford Care Centre through its ‘Hospice at Home’ service.

The service was established in 2006 in order for patients from throughout the Mid-West region to receive palliative care in their own homes and is the first such service to be made available in Ireland.

The independent evaluation report was commissioned with the aim of examining whether the service offered a viable and effective model for delivering a range of palliative care services to patients and their families in the community.

The research found that the service has “exceeded the care expectations of recipients and carers that use it”.

The overall finding from the evaluation, which was conducted by a team of UL researchers led by Dr Elizabeth McKay, Department of Occupational Therapy and Dr Ann Taylor, Department of Physiotherapy, was that the service was “highly regarded and valued by its recipients”.

“Both carers and patients were highly satisfied with their interactions with the members of the team and the service they provided,” it says.

Milford CEO Pat Quinlan said the centre was “very re-assured by the findings of the evaluation report as we seem to be meeting patient’s need and satisfying patient care choices in as far is possible”.

“In Milford what we try to accomplish every day is the delivery of high quality patient centred care. After all, this is what Milford is all about,” he added.

The Faculty of Education and Health Sciences at UL have been actively engaged with Milford for several years and established Sli in 2008 to progress palliative care services in the region.

Speaking at the launch of the report UL Professor Mary O’Sullivan said: “In partnership we seek to work to create an academic and clinical alliance, to complete research in highly relevant and translatable areas and to create teaching and learning opportunities in support of palliative care”.

“This research report is one outcome of this collaboration,” she added.