As someone caring for an elderly, disabled or ill family member, it’s important that you know of the organisations which can help you provide the best possible care for your loved one. This is important so that your loved one feels more independent, secure and integrated within the local community. You and your family may also need help and support, including practical help, access to help-lines, individual and group psychological support as well as advice, guidance and educational information. A number of organisations provide such services at no cost, giving you access to all of the above without it creating an additional financial burden.


See below for a list of the organisations which you may contact to make use of such support.


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 services offered are:

  • Home care

o   Coordination and supplementation of primary health care services

o   Pain relieve and symptom control

o   Support for active living

o   Family help

  •  Day Care Services:

o   Nursing assessments

o   Crafts

o   Salon

o   Hydrotherapy

o   Assisted bathing

  •  Hospital support:

o   To facilitate transitions from home to the hospital and from the hospital home.

  •  Spiritual support:

o   Counselling at the Day Therapy Unit.

  •  Respite Care
  • Physiotherapy
  •  Complementary Therapy:

o   Massage

o   Aromatherapy

o   Reflexology

  •  Occupational Therapy
  •  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


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.


  • The service is free of charge.


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



Malta Hospice Movement

39 Good Shepherd Avenue

Balzan BZN1623


Telephone: +356 21440085

Fax: +356 21484769

E-Mail :



SOS Malta


Aiding people experiencing times of crisis and empowering them by providing support services and opportunities to implement development and change to ensure a better quality of life.

Aims & Objectives

  • is a non governmental organisation working in Malta and overseas
  • assists all peoples through projects of a social and charitable nature
  • provides assistance to the poor helping them to improve quality of life
  • helps to enhance the knowledge and skills of those it serves
  • advocates on behalf of the poor
  • promotes models of good care and practice
  • works with local and international NGO’s in order to achieve its aims





10 Triq Il-Ward

St. Venera SVR 1640


Telephone: +356 212441123 / +356 21359627

Fax:  +356 21224742




Foundation For Respite Care Services

The Foundation is a non-profit organisation that aims to provide respite services to families who have one or more members with disability. The aim of the Foundation is to share the responsibility for care with families looking after persons with disability, thereby making it easier for the latter to keep on living with this family. The services offered by the Foundation are:

  • Short term residential services for a few days, a week or more; and
  • Day programmes
  • Home care support
  • Occupational therapy
  • Social work intervention


These services are substantially subsidized by the Government.


Further information can be obtained from the following link:



Foundation for Respite Care Services

Dar il-Kaptan,

Rotary Drive,


Telephone: +356 21450103, +356 21450104

Fax: +356 21450413





Fondazzjoni Hajja Independenti

Is a non-profit organisation which aims to promote, enable and provide for the independent living in the community of persons with a physical disability.

Such aims are to be achieved by provision of:

  • Suitable accommodation as an alternative to institutionalisation.
  • Care and shelter in an atmosphere that ensures that each resident is in the environment that meets his/her particular needs.
  • An atmosphere which promotes social integration.
  • Support and training.


Fondazzjoni Hajja Independenti
Balzan Valley

Balzan BZN 08

Telephone: +356 21442638
Fax: +356 21442693


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.



Caritas Malta

5, Triq l-Iljun

Floriana FRN 1514


Telephone: +356 2590 6600





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.


  • 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.



St. Jean Antide Foundation,

51, Triq Hal-Tarxien

Tarxien TXN 1090

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