LauraLynn launches a new home service

by Gazette Reporter

CHILDREN’S hospice LauraLynn in Leopardstown has a new “at home” service for children with life-limiting conditions that means they can be cared for at home.
The service was launched last week with RTE presenter Miriam O’Callaghan dressing up as Superwoman for the occasion.
As an extra special treat on the day of the launch, elite bakers BakeMyCake, who have shops in Booterstown and Dundrum Town Centre, presented a specially made cake to staff, parents and children.
The pilot scheme will operate over a 12-month trial period and will be implemented this month in selected areas across south County Dublin, mid-Leinster and the northeast.
According to organisers, it will bring the same expertise and specialist care provided in the Leopardstown hospice to children in their own home, providing respite, transitional, crisis and end-of-life care.
LauraLynn estimates that about 50 families will avail of this service during the trial period. The pilot runs for one year, at an estimated cost of €800,000.
All money for this additional service has come from publicly donated funds, with most coming from the recent Half Million Half Marathon event organised by Ray D’Arcy and Today FM.
Julie Ling, head of strategic development at LauraLynn, is coordinating the LauraLynn@Home pilot and overseeing its introduction.
She said: “Parents are often the main providers of care for children with life-limiting conditions and national and international evidence suggests the majority of parents, where possible, wish to care for their child at home with the appropriate supports.
“LauraLynn@Home will work with colleagues in the community and aims to provide families with more choices.
“[We want] to provide the same high standard of care, regardless of whether the child is cared for in LauraLynn House or in the child’s own home.”
Jane McKenna, mother of Laura and Lynn, after whom the hospice is named, said at the launch: “In the short few years that LauraLynn has been open, it is amazing that we can now offer this crucial service in the home.
“For parents who find themselves in the difficult situation of requiring end-of-life care, choices are important. We can now offer families options.
“It is our hope and belief that this new service will eventually bridge the gap for hundreds of families who require the support of LauraLynn but who want to have their child at home.”
To avail of the LauraLynn@Home pilot project, children must meet the standard admission criteria for LauraLynn. This information is available on the website.

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