Construction of Hospice for Nursing Assistance and Palliative Care
“Galilee” Palliative Care Unit Holy Metropolis of Mesogaia and Lavrion
The “Galilee” Palliative Care Unit was founded in 2010 and is part of the Metropolis of Mesogaia and Lavrion. The aim of the unit is to provide palliative care services, free of charge, at home or at the Center for Day Care and Occupational Therapy, to terminal patients residing in the Mesogaia and Lavrion area. It is accordingly staffed by a specialised team of health professionals including doctors, nurses, a psychologist, social workers, physiotherapists and clergy.
Galilee’s aspiration was to establish Greece’s first Hospice for Nursing Assistance and Palliative Care, providing comprehensive hosting for the terminally ill, primarily with cancer. In 2016 reconstruction work was commenced on a two-storey building with a total area of 660 square metres in which the specially designed hospice will operate. It will have a total capacity of 9 beds (in 5 single and 2 double rooms) and will provide accommodation and care for patients in an environment combining the security of the hospital, the comfort of a hotel and the warmth of a home. At the same time, provision has been made for infrastructure that will enable the patients’ helpers to be served also. The Foundation covered part of the construction costs of the hospice, which is expected to be in operation within 2017.