An introduction to what’ s on offer at Galilee Palliative Care Centre:
Depending on patients’ needs and wishes, the services we offer to patients are:
The palliative care team can offer support and relief from symptoms in the comfort of a patient’s own home, depending on their needs, concerns, aims, hopes, and wishes. A programme of visits is scheduled, and the team can also visit patients at other times should this be needed.
The Hospice also operates a 24-hour help-line to offer advice and support.
Even at the end of someone’s life, many patients prefer to stay at home, and the care given in these final days is what the family will remember. Support by a palliative care team is important so that the patient and family can experience every moment together in the best possible way.
At the day care centre patients are able to socialise, make friends, and to join in the programme of creative activities, including arts and crafts, singing and dancing The programme also includes film screenings and theatrical performances, outings, shared meals, and many other activities. Social interaction by itself has a positive effect on the overall well-being of patients.
Patients with particular needs and symptoms that may be difficult to deal with at home, such as acute pain, nausea, great discomfort, and so on can receive care at the residential hospice from a team of specialists.
A stay at the hospice can also often provide a much needed period of respite for family members, who may be providing care at home for their loved one.
Many people are often anxious and afraid when they come to the hospice, because they may think that they will be staying there permanently and not going home.
In reality, care at the residential hospice is only for a short period, and patients then go back home, since our aim is for patients to be cared for in their preferred environment.
On the other hand, a patient and their family may wish to receive end-of-life care at the hospice and not at home.
These services are provided by health professionals who always work closely as part of an interdisciplinary team including:
- Palliative care nurses
- Social workers
The work of this core team is complemented by:
- Occupational Therapists
- Members of the clergy
- Speech Therapists
- Bereavement support volunteers