Our palliative care services provide a wide range of resources which are focused on our patients’ wishes and on their changing needs.
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We care for over 900 patients and their families each year. The majority come from the community all around Malta and a few come from Gozo. Most of our patients have cancer while some have motor neurone disease, end stage respiratory, cardiac or renal illness. Care is delivered by our multidisciplinary team whose members are trained and experienced in palliative care.
Our Services include….
Our home care service helps to make this possible by:
• Coordinating and complementing the skills and resources of primary health care services
• Providing pain relief and symptom control
• Offering a support system to help patients live as actively and as fully as possible
• Offering a support system to help families cope during the patient’s illness and where indicated in their bereavement.
Our Day Therapy Unit provides time out for the patient, time off for the carer. It is a place where people can make new friends and discover new interests. Illness can make it harder to keep up the things you enjoy and are used to doing. Our day unit gives the opportunity to join in a range of activities and therapies. All or any of which can help to add new pleasures to life.
Day Care facilities include:
- Nursing assessments
- Assisted bathing
- Complementary therapy
- Recreational therapy
- Group therapy
- Psychosocial and spiritual support
Our team helps ease transition from hospital to home; provides continuing care; provides support and advice to hospital staff.
Our Hospice trained Care Assistants sit with patients and help them with their activities of daily living. In this way they afford respite to families who need some time for rest or for other activities.
Social Work Support
Our qualified and experienced social workers help to deal with financial worries, benefits claims, housing difficulties and other problems which may arise at a time of serious illness. They also support families facing the emotional and psychological consequences which may arise when someone close to them is very ill or dying.
Our Chaplain is available for support and counselling at the Day Therapy Unit. He visits patients at home or in hospital and he celebrates Mass and administers the Sacraments, All the team members are trained to assess and address spiritual aspects of care.
The aim of physiotherapy is to help people maintain independence and improve the quality of life. Our physiotherapist is trained in palliative care and carries out sessions in the patient’s own home, at the Day Therapy Unit, in a hospital and during our weekly hydrotherapy sessions.
Gentle massage, aromatherapy and reflexology all aim to enhance quality of life. Our complementary therapist is trained and experienced in palliative care and carries out sessions in the patient’s own home, at the day therapy unit, or in a hospital.
We recognise that bereavement is a major stressful life event and we aim to accompany bereaved persons on their grief journey.
We offer families, and significant others, psychological, social and spiritual support, as well as help of a practical nature.
Children’s Summer Club
This service complements family support and is intended for children of Hospice patients or whose parent is the prime carer of one of our patients or for children who have recently lost a parent. Activities are held during the summer months.
Loan of Equipment
We have a number of items of equipment, such as wheelchairs, special beds, syringe drivers and so forth which we loan to patients. These enhance the quality of life for both patients and families.
We have a selection of books, reference books, periodicals, journals, videos, tapes and DVDs.
All our services are free and are available to all our patients.
If you would like to know more about our services or have any queries, please do not hesitate to telephone The Malta Hospice Movement on 21440085 or e-mail us at email@example.com