The project arose from the desire of Albina du Boisrouvray – Founder and President of the Association François-Xavier Bagnoud – to offer people who are willing to, the possibility to die at home. Firstly, in 1992, the Association created a care center in Switzerland to accompany patients at the end of their lives. FXB provides palliative care at home to people in the last phases of incurable diseases when medicine is ineffective. This service is part of a more global approach which combines daily nursing care along with psychological and practical support to both the patient and his or her family. Albina du Boisrouvray wanted to relieve the physical and mental suffering of the patients and their loved ones and it is with this in mind that she established bereavement groups.
In 1997, the association replicated the “FXB Palliative Home Care Center” model in Paris following its success in Switzerland. In 2001, Albina du Boisrouvray was appointed Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by the French Government for her pioneering work in home palliative care projects.
Since 2003, the Croix Saint-Simon Foundation and FXB have gradually merged their structures. As a result, all palliative care activities are developed and managed by the Croix Saint-Simon Foundation in line with FXB’s principles and values. The François-Xavier Bagnoud Unit includes a home care unit specialized in palliative care within the Croix Saint-Simon home hospital, a bereavement support service, a training and research center and the national resource center for palliative care (NRC FXB).