New consultants service for the elderly in their own homes
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Parliamentary Secretary Justyne Caruana today launched a new service for the elderly in the field of community care across Malta and Gozo. The consultants service will be free of charge and is targeted at the elderly who need specialised care, but are housebound.
“This new service is not intended to replace the family doctor, but is for specialised care for the elderly in the community, the service applies where the elderly person either through illness, or due to other circumstances, cannot leave their home.” For this service, the client must be referred by a family doctor.
Parliamentary Secretary Caruana stated that in launching this innovative service, it further complements the long list of community care services.
The new service is part of the services offered by CommCare around Malta and Gozo, which has an average of 2000 families benefiting on a daily basis.
“This new service has been one of the weaknesses identified in the care of elderly living at home. In the past we have introduced a number of new services in the home, including those of home carer, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, podiatry, and others, while other services are planned ahead,” explained Dr Caruana.
She emphasised that in Gozo, this service will have a substantial impact. This is because there is no geriatric consultant Gozo. So now for the first time Gozitan elderly will have this specialised service in their own homes.
Parliamentary Secretary Justyne Caruana reiterated that “with the involvement of a specialist it is continuing to strengthen the view of the Government that the plan of care is tailored to the needs and circumstances of the elderly and those around them.”
Photograph: DOI/Clodagh Farrugia O’Neill