When caring for people we love, we are often so busy balancing different areas of our lives that taking care of our own needs is the last priority. It is important to remember, however, that if we feel happy, supported and able to cope, we will be in a better position to help those who need us.

 

Below are a few tips and guidelines on how you can take better care of your health and well-being:

 

  • Eat healthy food and regular meals
  • Do regular exercise. This will give you a break from your work and caring duties and have a positive effect on your physical and mental well-being
  • Ensure you get enough rest and sleep so as to reduce stress and exhaustion
  • Don’t isolate yourself. Although you may feel you are too busy, make time to meet friends and family members or those going through the same experience. Talking to someone you trust can be a huge relief and reduce feelings of loneliness
  • Take regular breaks to avoid burning out or becoming ill yourself
  • Make time for relaxation and activities you enjoy

 

Despite all your efforts to take care of your health and well-being, there may be times that it all becomes a bit too much and you feel you cannot cope. In such circumstances it may be easier to speak to a trained professional rather than speaking to someone close, in which case it could be helpful to speak to a counsellor or join a support group. This will help you feel you are not alone and allow you to express your anxieties and worries in a safe environment.

 

Fortunately, there are organisations which provide support and assistance specifically to carers and their families, meaning that you do not need to feel alone when faced with caring for a loved one.

 

See below for a number of organisations which can provide you with individual and group psychological support, educational groups and various forms of therapy.

 

St Jean Antide Foundation:

St. Jeanne Antide Foundation is a non-profit organisation that aims to support vulnerable families and contribute to social integration in the community.

 

Services:

Community social work and counselling

  • Emotional Freedom Service
  • Support Groups
  • Vinći Project Zabbar & Gamra Project Fgura – Outreach work in zones with high levels of families in difficulties. Within other vulnerable persons and persons in need they offer support to:
    • Family caregivers of persons with mental health problems, disabilities or chronic health conditions.
    • Frail elderly

LWIEN project – Aims to provide support to family carers of people with Mental Health illness. The service provides:

  • Individual and family consultations
  • Social Work Support
  • Counselling
  • Support Groups

 

Procedure: Contact the office for an appointment by sending an email or phoning and ask to speak to a social worker. See below for further details.

 

Fees:  The service is free of charge.

 

Contact:

St. Jean Antide Foundation,

51, Triq Hal-Tarxien

Tarxien TXN 1090

Telephone: (+356) 2180 8981/ +356 21809011, +356 27672367

Email: macen.sjaf@gmail.com

Website: www.antidemalta.com

 

 

Hospice Malta

Hospice Malta is a voluntary non-profit organisation funded by the Department of Health and by volunteers.   The Hospice Movement offers palliative care for persons who have cancer, neuro-muscular conditions or other terminal illnesses. Also supporting and assisting their family members. The amongst the services provided are:

  • Spiritual support:
    • Counselling at the Day Therapy Unit.

 

  • Bereavement support:
    • Individual support
    • Support groups for adults
    • Support groups for adolescents
    • Support groups for children
    • Monthly Memorial Mass
    • Community education in coping with loss, mourning, grief and bereavement

 

  • Respite Care

 

  • Home care
    • Coordination and complementation of primary health care services
    • Pain relieve and symptom control
    • Support for active living
    • Family help

 

  • Day Care Services:
    • Nursing assessments
    • Crafts
    • Salon
    • Hydrotherapy
    • Assisted bathing

 

  • Hospital support:
    • To facilitate transitions from home to the hospital and from the hospital home.

 

  • Physiotherapy

 

  • Complementary Therapy:
    • Massage
    • Aromatherapy
    • Reflexology

 

  • Occupational Therapy

 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Patients with life-threatening illness and their families.

 

Access Procedure:

  • Referals are made by GPs, hospital doctors, paramedics, families.
  • A key worker is assigned.

 

Fees:

  • The service is free of charge.

 

Further information can be viewed on this link: Malta Hospice Movement:

http://hospicemalta.org/services/home-care-2/

 

Contact:

Malta Hospice Movement

39 Good Shepherd Avenue

Balzan BZN1623

Malta

Telephone: +356 21440085

Fax: +356 21484769

Email :  info@hospicemalta.org

Website: www.hospicemalta.org

 

 

 

Caritas Malta 

Is a non-profit organisation that aims to alleviate poverty and to promote human development and social justice. Within the services offered by this organisation are:

  • Counselling and Social Work
  • Group Support
  • HelpAge: Social Clubs for Elderly

 

Fees:  The service is free of charge.

 

Contact:

Caritas Malta

5, Triq l-Iljun

Floriana FRN 1514

Malta

Telephone: +356 2590 6600

Email: info@caritasmalta.org

Website: http://www.caritasmalta.org