The Malta Independent 20 August 2019, Tuesday

Hospice Malta providing free palliative care

Monday, 22 April 2019, 12:29 Last update: about 5 months ago

Hospice Malta, a local NGO that provides and promotes free palliative care for persons suffering from life limiting illnesses will be organising a nation-wide fundraiser to sustain the vast array of services provided to their patients and their families on Friday 26 April 2019 during the popular TV programme, Xarabank.

“We believe that our patients are unique and valued individuals, and as Hospice Malta, our main aim is to preserve their independence, dignity and quality of life. We offer their families and friends an environment where they feel accepted and safe whilst providing them the support needed during the patient’s illness and during the time of bereavement,” said Maria Gatt, Chairperson at Hospice Malta. “Our future plans include the setting up and running of a complex dedicated entirely to providing free comprehensive palliative care to our patients. This complex will be Malta’s first facility that will significantly enhance the present palliative care services to patients in their own homes and communities,” she concluded.

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Founded in 1989, Hospice Malta’s primary role is to provide and promote palliative care services to patients suffering from cancer, motor-neuron disease, end-of-life cardiac, respiratory, renal and liver diseases.

Hospice Malta offers its services through a professional multidisciplinary team. Its array of services include, Home Services delivered by the team – including nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, psychologist, social workers, complementary therapist and the Hospice chaplain; Day Therapy Services offering various activities for patients during the day and also including physiotherapy services, complementary therapy, spiritual and emotional support sessions, crafts and hairdressing as well as hydrotherapy services; professional care assistance  at the patients’ home to support the patient whilst also serving as a form of respite to family members, as well as an after-hours on-call service 

Specialised equipment such as fully motorised beds, lifters, wheelchairs, mobility equipment, respiratory equipment and syringe drivers, amongst others, are also provided according to the patients’ needs. This greatly improves the independence of the patient and saves them the cost of purchasing the equipment, thus allowing them to live in their own home surrounded by their loved ones at this most vulnerable time.

New patients referred to Hospice Malta are followed prior to discharge from acute hospital, whereas already registered Hospice Malta patients are also followed up at the hospital, ensuring seamless intervention in both cases. Hospice Malta also provides bereavement support services to the patients’ families following the patients’ demise.The patient and family centred palliative care offered targets the relief of pain and other physical symptoms as well as emotional, psycho-social and spiritual issues.

For more information, visit https://hospicemalta.org/

 

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