8446 requests for home nursing care in 2012 - Mario Galea
The CommCare Unit received 8446 requests for domiciliary nursing care during 2012, Parliamentary Secretary for the Elderly and Community Care Mario Galea said during a visit to the CommCare services. 3173 of these requests were new referrals and 5273 were follow ups.
The CommCare Unit consists of a multidisciplinary team whose aim is to co-ordinate Community Care services around patient’s needs in a personal centred holistic manner with a case management approach. The team consists of nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social worker and carers who visit the people in their homes.
Mario Galea explained that this service is aimed at clients who are house bound. Cases are referred by doctors, hospitals, professionals and other entities. The concerned client or their family members can phone up and demand the service themselves. The aim of the unit is principally to stipulate the eligibility of the service, to identify the needs and to guide the individual he added.
This unit is also responsible to authorise the nursing services at the individual’s residence which are provided by the Malta Memorial District Nursing Association (MMDNA) according to the plan of action stipulated by the Unit. During 2012 MMDNA organised nearly 500,000 visits.
Parliamentary Secretary Galea mentioned the outreach service, which is a new programme provided by the CommCare team. This is meant for clients who, owing to illnesses, lost their capability to care for themselves independently.