Government donates €1 million to Hospice to strengthen psychological support to relatives
Non-government organisation, Hospice Malta, was granted around €1 million by the government to assist it in its work among 1,300 families of patients with serious disease cases, such as cancer, motor neuron disease, respiratory and kidney diseases and other complications.
The assistance is part of a social agreement between the Family and Social Solidarity Ministry and Hospice Malta. It is spread on three years and permits the NGO to strengthen the psychological support given to relatives of patients with terminal illness while it invests in its professionals.
Hospice Malta chairperson Bernardette Bonnici Kind said that the organisation receives between 60 and 70 new patients each month. “We they come here for assistance and we lend them home equipment, give them psychological therapy, mental health..we also have a chaplain. Every aspects that affects a person, not only physical”.
A bigger centre will be opened within two years in what was the Cini Institute in Santa Venera which will permit the organisation to deal with more families who need assistance. “We are a team of 45 persons, the majority work in the community by visiting patients at home. Our aim is that the patient remains at home, as much as possible, in the family environment… that is Hospice aim”.
Minister Michael Falzon said that this is the first agreement of its kind with this organisation. He remarked that the agreement was concluding in the opportune time because, similar to other organisations, Hospice Malta is feeling the pressure of lack of donations from fund raising events due to the pandemic. “An NGO that manages to reach patients who need assistance at a critical time in their lives, therefore it is our duty to cooperate together”.
Dr Falzon added that the Government has entered into some fifty similar social agreements, totaling €17 million.