St Vincent's Hospital, FairviewInpatient Services

Care of the Elderly

St Maryís Unit

St Maryís is a 9-bed unit for the Continuing Care of the Elderly, which includes one bed for Palliative Care. The Philosophy of the unit is to care for the individualís psychological, physical, emotional and spiritual needs utilising the concept of individualised care and primary nursing.

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We are also aware of the needs of family and friends and of our role in supporting them.

Patient care is the responsibility of a multi disciplinary team, which includes Clinical Nurse Managers, a Clinical Nurse Specialist, nursing and medical staff, a physiotherapist and an art therapist.

Referral to the unit is primarily through the Rehabilitation Placement Committee.

Programmes available to the patients include;

  • 1) Activity Groups, run Monday to Friday, which include bingo, art sessions, newspaper etc
  • 2) Aromatherapy / reflexology sessions
  • 3) Weekly outings
  • 4) Physiotherapy sessions

Access for their spiritual needs is through the Chaplaincy Department, which also includes a daily Spiritual Group. There is a monthly Mass on the Unit.