FAQs

What services does  Galilee  provide?
Galilee provides palliative care at home and occupational therapy at the Centre for Day Care and Occupational Therapy in Spata.
What services does  Galilee  provide?
What services does Palliative Care include?

Palliative Care involves a holistic approach to the problems and needs of the patients and their families. More particularly, it offers medical assessment and advice, nursing evaluation and care, psycho-social investigation and support and spiritual guidance if this is requested.
What services does Palliative Care include?
What illnesses does the Galilee Project care cover?

At present the Galilee P.C.U. cares only for patients with cancer.
What illnesses does the Galilee Project care cover?
What are the preconditions for inclusion in the program?
The preconditions are simple. It suffices for someone to live within the boundaries of the Holy Metropolitan Diocese of Mesogaia and Lavreotiki and to have been diagnosed with cancer within the last three years.
What are the preconditions for inclusion in the program?
What are the costs involved for the services provided?
The care is provided free of charge.
What are the costs involved for the services provided?
What are  Galilee’s sources of funding?
Galilee is funded by the Holy Metropolitan Diocese of Mesogaia and Lavreotiki and by the Michael Choniates Foundation. A significant contribution is also made by individuals, friends of  Galilee and families who have benefited from the services provided by the Unit. Since February 2013, we have enrolled in a European Union Funding program (National Strategic Reference Framework NSRF), which, in collaboration with the Greek state, will cover 80% of our expenses for a period of two years.
What are  Galilee’s sources of funding?
Who are the staff providing the care?
The services are provided by an interdisciplinary team including doctors, nurses, social workers, a psychologist, a physiotherapist, an occupational therapist, the volunteer service manager and a priest.
Who are the staff providing the care?
Can I be visited only by such healthcare specialists as I choose?
The staff of the Unit work together constantly and harmonically to provide the care, not only among themselves but also with the patients and their families. We advise that an all-embracing assessment of the needs is carried out, at least once, by all the specialists in the team. If the needs or wishes of the patient demand a change in this approach, then this will be given consideration in each particular case.
Can I be visited only by such healthcare specialists as I choose?
Are there in-patients at the Galilee Unit?
No. In-patient treatment is not offered in the Galilee Unit. Patients can only be seen in their homes or at the Unit’s offices for assessment and treatment of their problems and for advice from the staff.
Are there in-patients at the Galilee Unit?
Do I need to leave the doctor who has been treating me?
No. It is not essential to stop the course of treatment you have been following or to leave your own doctor. If you so wish, the doctors in the Galilee Unit will contact and co-operate with your own doctor in determining your course of treatment and in dealing with questions concerning your care.
Do I need to leave the doctor who has been treating me?
From what stage of my illness can I join the Galilee program?
You can join the program from the very beginning of the disease, that is, following the initial diagnosis and at any other stage, up until you are cured or until the final stage.
From what stage of my illness can I join the Galilee program?
Who should make the application?
The patient can submit the application, or this may be done by a member of his/her family, by his/her doctor, or by another healthcare professional. It is essential, however, that the patient is aware of, and gives his/her consent to the application.
Who should make the application?
Does the patient need to be aware of his/her illness in order to be included in the program?
The staff at the Unit do not insist on the diagnosis being made known to the patient against his/her wishes or against the wishes of his/her family. The patient is informed about the state of his/her health when, and to the extent that he or she wishes. Nonetheless, communication with the patient cannot be based on untruths or false hopes.
Does the patient need to be aware of his/her illness in order to be included in the program?
What can carers at home do in relation to care for the patient?
Families, if willing and able, are trained to care for the patient. They are also supported in communicating information and emotions honestly to the patient.
What can carers at home do in relation to care for the patient?
How many hours/days are Galilee services available to patients and carers?
The Galilee staff are available during normal working hours. There is a telephone line constantly available for communication and support outside working hours.
How many hours/days are Galilee services available to patients and carers?
How much say does the patient have in choices related to his/her care?
The patient and main carer take part in the setting up of the personal care program. The desires and views of the patient are fully respected, as long as they are in agreement with the standards of medical practice.
How much say does the patient have in choices related to his/her care?
What happens if hospital admission is required?
As in all emergency situations, if hospital admission is required, an ambulance will be called and the patient is transferred to the hospital receiving admissions. If required the doctor at the Unit will assist the hospital doctors by providing information on the patient’s recent health.
What happens if hospital admission is required?
If my health improves or if I change my mind, can I withdraw from the program?
Yes, of course, you can withdraw from the program at any point.
If my health improves or if I change my mind, can I withdraw from the program?
Does the patient choose where he or she will spend the last days of his or her life?
The wishes of the patient are always respected. If there is a disagreement between the patient and the family members, the staff of the Unit attempt to help find a viable solution that is acceptable to everyone.
Does the patient choose where he or she will spend the last days of his or her life?
What do patients do at the Centre for Day Care and Occupational Therapy?
At the Centre for Day Care and Occupational Therapy patients are able to socialize and enjoy conversations with volunteers and other patients. At the same time they can participate in creative activities such as arts and crafts, painting, music, story-telling, etc., all of which helps them to express and share emotions and experiences. Patients can also talk about their symptoms or concerns with the nurse on duty, and spiritual support is also available from the Unit’s priest for those who so desire. Carers can use the time when patients are at the Day Centre as time for relaxing or dealing with other tasks outside the home.
What do patients do at the Centre for Day Care and Occupational Therapy?
How can I become a volunteer at the Galilee?
The application form is available online. One may call Galilee (210 6635 955) to arrange for an interview with the Volunteer Service Manager (VSM). The interviews for volunteer candidates take place during the month of September. The Volunteer Training Program begins in October and consists of 40 hours of interactive teaching and exercises. For those who complete the program in June, there follows a second meeting with the VSM for the placement of the volunteer in the chosen areas of service. Volunteers with special skills, if they are not to be in direct contact with patients, may be used at once – e.g. those with skills in IT, photography, secretarial work etc.
How can I become a volunteer at the Galilee?
What are the activities of volunteers?
Volunteers have numerous activities, such as, organizing and working with the patients at the Center for Day Care and Occupational Therapy, helping patients with transport, assisting them deal with their affairs, organizing and overseeing events for the patients, etc. They also see to publicity for the Galilee Unit, organize events explaining its work and are involved in fund-raising. They also support secretarial work, translations, technical support, a lending library etc.
What are the activities of volunteers?
What training activities are organized by  Galilee?
The training activities are directed towards health workers and volunteers and aim to provide information about the Basic Principles of Palliative Care. There is also a program for continuing education for those already working in the Unit, both professionals and volunteers.
What training activities are organized by  Galilee?
How can I support the Galilee Project?
Every contribution you make to Galilee is invaluable to us and to the patients for whom we care. You financial contributions will enable us to continue and expand our work in accordance with our vision. Gifts in kind can be accepted only if they are of nursing consumables or mobility aids and after consultation with the Unit.
How can I support the Galilee Project?
Are there work opportunities at the Unit?
At the present time there are sixteen salaried staff in the Unit, a number that covers the needs of the patients we have in our care. Our desire is to expand our care facilities through the creation of a Hospice and by extending care to other patient groups apart from cancer patients. A desirable precondition for employment in the Unit is to have attended the annual Training Seminar in the Basic Principles of Palliative Care that usually takes place every April.
Are there work opportunities at the Unit?

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