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Madrugada - What we do and why

What we do and why

Established in February 2009 in response to limited choices for end of life care in The Algarve, we have developed an excellence in home-based, end of life, palliative care. We are regarded highly by the families of those we have cared for in the Algarve and by those health professionals who have observed our care, often working closely with us to ensure patient comfort.

  • Our professional palliative care team provides home-based, end of life care and support to anyone 18 years and over, affected by a life limiting illness. Our support is extended to carers and close family members.
  • We offer family and bereavement counselling during illness and after the loss of a loved one.
  • Through our Support Centre we offer people with a diagnosis of a life limiting illness and those important to them, support throughout treatment and beyond, by facilitating a range of complementary therapies, psychotherapy, counselling, creative activities, physical activities, group therapy, information and life style advice.
  • Patients may refer themselves or give permission to be referred by their Consultant, GP, and other healthcare professionals or by a close friend or family member.
  • Referrals are considered on clinical criteria and appropriate home environment for safe and effective care.
  • There is no charge for our end of life care service.
  • Since 2009 we have cared for over 100 end of life patients and provided thousands of hours of support to people affected by life limiting illness, and this number is increasing annually. In addition we have provided hospital visits, equipment, telephone support, information, health workshops and professional development education. We have also raised the profile of home-based end of life care and supportive therapies in Portugal.

Our services are in demand throughout the Algarve. Currently, we are able to offer 24 hr care to those living in the Western Algarve; further into the Central region we offer a slightly reduced service. It is our aim to expand our provision to ensure its availability across the region, giving equal access to all.

Recruitment of registered nurses, experienced carers and qualified therapists is on-going and the process is stringent. Applicants may contact Head Office at admin@madrugada-portugal.com.

Madrugada is a not-for-profit association. Nursing and care providers are paid an hourly rate with an average cost per 24 hours of care provided currently standing at €420. The ever-pressing need to raise funds is second only to patient care and without funds there is no patient care.

If you are able to support us by giving a donation or organising a charity event we would be delighted to hear from you and on behalf of those who will benefit from your generosity, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Because you care, we can.

“Madrugada helped me to come to terms with my fears and focus on life”

TESTEMONIALS

"I did not know about the things that Madrugada could help with until a dear friend put me in touch. Kate in the Madrugada office was lovely and I had a call back from Tanja the same afternoon. I just felt like I wasn’t alone and although my partner left us, I still know they are there if I need them."

April 2017

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