Hospice Malta has embarked on a journey to fund the much-needed project that will see Malta’s first Hospice Complex become a reality.
The first step of this journey will focus on the Human and Financial resources required to upgrade, finish and equip the place with all the medical apparatus and professionals required to run a state-of-the-art Hospice Complex.
The newly refurbished building will become the main premises for Hospice Malta and is expected to help further enhance the already established palliative community services provided by Hospice since 1989. St Michael Hospice will also house an In-Patient palliative care Unit complementing all the other services for a more comprehensive approach. The present-day therapy services will be expanded and a number of Out-patient clinics will also be introduced. St.Michael Hospice will also enhance its educational wing which will open many opportunities to exchange expertise with other Hospices across Europe and beyond.
All Hospice services are free of charge. As an NGO, we, however, seek assistance from individuals and businesses to enable our operations to continue serving those who need it most. If you would like to support the St.Michael Hospice Project kindly make a donation at hospicemalta.org/supporting-hospice/donations or get in touch to learn about how you can make a difference.
While we work hard to collect the funds needed and coordinate resources to make St.Michael Hospice a reality, we will continue to provide and improve our community services.
Hospice Malta currently offers a number of palliative care services to people in their homes and from its premises in Balzan. The services are:
Hospice Malta’s multidisciplinary team of professionals performs assessments and follow up visits at home to give the necessary support and advice to patients and their family. Professionals include doctors, nurses, psychologist, social workers, complementary therapist, physiotherapist as well as Hospice’s Spiritual Director.
Located within Hospice premises, staff and volunteers at the Day Therapy Unit offer various activities for patients who visit for a whole morning. This also acts as a form of respite care, allowing relatives of patients to leave their loved ones in a safe and secure environment for a half-day. Various therapies are also carried out during these sessions.
Group and individual physiotherapy are carried out in the pool, allowing for patients to carry out some passive physical exercises, apart from similar to the Day Therapy Unit, acting as a respite for their relatives. Transport to and from the pool location is provided by Hospice too.
Care assistants’ service at the patients’ home
Dedicated hours according to defined criteria are allocated to support the patients and their relatives within their own home.
Delivered to patients who have Hospital appointments and Day therapy unit sessions, through special vans for wheelchair mobile patients and by volunteer drivers with their private cars. One van is used solely for transporting of oncology Hospital patients.
Loan of Equipment
This essential service enables patients living in their own home to manage their care and to remain independent as much as possible. Equipment ranges from walking sticks to electric beds and syringe drivers and is given to the patients following a detailed assessment of their needs.
Hospice professionals assess newly referred patients as well as follow up Hospice registered patients together with the Hospital professionals in Malta as well as in Gozo.
Children’s summer programme
This formal and detailed programme for children of patients and main carers is offered during the summer holidays for 10 weeks and involves different activities, games, and outings as well as the socio-emotional help that could be required.
After hours On-Call support
Continuation of care is provided through this service. A nurse is available for advice after office hours (weekdays 16:30 to 22:30 and weekends/Public Holidays 8:30 to 22:30) In 2017, this service was also partly sponsored through the Social Impact Award.
Targeting the psychosocial and emotional aspect, this is another important service enabling Hospice holistic care. Bereavement support is given to relatives and significant others through one to one bereavement sessions as well as structured bereavement support groups as well as monthly memorial service and an annual remembrance event.