Former Mount Carmel pa­tients to be­come in­de­pen­dent again at At­tard com­mu­nity hos­tel

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Health Min­is­ter Chris Fearne, to­gether with the Rich­mond Foun­da­tion, yes­ter­day launched the first com­mu­nity hos­tel for women with men­tal health prob­lems.

The At­tard house will ac­com­mo­date up to 10 fe­male pa­tients in sin­gle or dou­ble rooms. The res­i­dence fea­tures all the nec­es­sary fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing en suite bath­rooms, a din­ing room, a sit­ting room, a wash room and a gar­den.

The aim is to ac­com­mo­date women who have been liv­ing in Mount Carmel Hos­pi­tal for a long time and who have lost the abil­ity to live on their own. Pa­tients will be un­der con­stant watch and will re­learn cer­tain abil­i­ties, such as cook­ing, clean­ing, shop­ping and plan­ning ahead, to­gether.

Mr Fearne said com­mu­nity hos­tels were the pre­ferred way of deal­ing with men­tal care. This was pos­si­ble through col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the gov­ern­ment and NGOs, in this case the Rich­mond Foun­da­tion. “Some pa­tients have been stay­ing at Mount Carmel for so long that they have be­come un­able to live on their own. This is how they can be helped to rein­te­grate in so­ci­ety.”

Rich­mond Foun­da­tion CEO Stepha­nia Dimech thanked the gov­ern­ment for its sup­port. She ex­plained that the foun­da­tion cov­ered the cap­i­tal cost, with the gov­ern­ment pay­ing for the ser­vices of­fered to pa­tients.

This is the third com­mu­nity foun­da­tion run by the gov­ern­ment and the Rich­mond Foun­da­tion. The gov­ern­ment also col­lab­o­rates with an­other NGO, Fon­daz­zjoni Suret il-Bnie­dem, with an­other hos­tel.

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