Resident or Family Members

Supporting End-of-Life Care In Nursing Homes

Knowing your wishes or the wishes of a family member or resident, following these wishes and providing individualised care is considered key to quality palliative and end-of-life care.  

Caru promotes a holistic, person-centred care and a continuous quality improvement approach that places you and your family at the heart of every decision.  

Good end-of-life care is about being supported to live well until you die. 

Caru will ensure that anyone receiving end-of-life care 

  • Is respected and are at the centre of all decisions about their care
  • Is prepared for what lies ahead 
  • Has choice, where possible, on their preferred place of care  
  • Has the supports they need for a good death. 
  • Is treated with dignity and receives comfort in their care as death approaches. 
  • Knows their family and those important to them will be supported in their grief after their death. 

Supporting Resources to Help You On This Journey

Think Ahead

Your Complete Guide to End-of-Life and Advance Care Planning 

Think Ahead is a practical tool and customisable guide for advance care planning and end of life. It helps you document your healthcare choices and personal wishes. On this page, you will find resources to help you start to think and talk about your preferences for end of life. You can also get your Think Ahead Planning Pack right here. 

IHF Bereavement Support Line

Free phone 1800 807077
Available Monday to Friday, 10am-1pm.

In partnership with the HSE. Our Bereavement Support Line is for any bereaved adult or those supporting them.

IHF Bereavement & Loss Hub

As a national leader in the development of bereavement care, we are working in collaboration with bereavement care providers and charities to provide information, resources and programmes for individuals, families, communities and workplaces. Visit

The Real Financial Impacts of Bereavement 

This summary report –The Real Financial Impact of Bereavement– shines a light on the true cost of bereavement on people’s lives, an area that has been overlooked in the past. The findings look at people’s preparedness (or lack of) for immediate funeral costs as well as the longer-term impacts on household income, employment circumstances and psychological wellbeing.