Centre for the treatment of Eating Disorders and Obesity
The concept of Dar Kenn għal Saħħtek is to provide a holistic approach in treating eating disorders and obesity. Hence a residential/outpatient facility set up.
The residential structure have an overall objective to begin or continue a course of treatment aimed at interrupting the growth and maintenance factors. An important feature of this approach is the highly structured therapeutic plan that allows a correct evaluation of the results and the possibility of directing therapeutic intervention to the specific needs of the patient and hisher relatives. The organization of the day is highly structured, both in the careful management of the meals and in activities aimed at guiding patients to regain their healthy lifestyle and provide comprehensive plans based on local eating habits which are accessible to all.
Through educational activities, staff help to raise the level of understanding and encourage motivation and prevent relapse. Patients are also offered a safe and homely place for the delivery of a holistic therapy as well as support to their relatives and throughout the programme patients are empowered and reintegrated in society. Therapists provide all necessary support to sufferers to ensure social reintegration after the residential phase of the therapy programme by liaising with other entities and support network.
One is to note that, upon submission of applications, patients are contacted for their first visit with Dar Kenn għall Saħħtek medical team to assess whether patient will benefit by following the residential programme.
Patients at Dar Kenn għall Saħħtek are followed by a multidisciplinary team composed of various professions including psychiatrists, dietitians, nutritionists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses, nursing aides.
Dar Kenn għal Saħħtek has been designed to provide in-patient and outpatient treatment according to the therapy required by each individual. Moreover, Dar Kenn Għal Saħħtek will also serve as a halfway home for residents receiving treatment with a view to be re-integrated into society. The holistic approach also provides family therapy to the relatives and carers of patients.
The principal aims of the Centre:
- To address the causes of poor health and wellbeing related to eating habits.
- To provide comprehensive programmes based on local eating habits which are accessible to all.
- To support persons who experience eating disorders and obesity by providing holistic treatment.
- To provide follow up care for persons after being released from hospital following an acute admission for an eating disorder.
- To promote healthy lifestyles
Dar Kenn għal Saħħtek, a residential and semi residential facility is aimed to provide a holistic treatment of patients with eating disorders and weight behavioral problems (Anorexia, Bulimia, uncontrolled eating disorder, Disorders Not Otherwise Specified, Obesity).
The residential and semi-residential outpatient structure represents the therapeutic continuation in a protected environment of an acute hospital stay. This treatment can be a viable alternative to prolonged stay in hospital, an environment that is not conducive to prolonged or appropriate rehabilitative intervention in these cases. The length of stay at the residential home will vary from 3 to a maximum of 5 months.
The overall objective of the programme of intensive rehabilitation is to begin or continue a course of treatment aimed at interrupting the growth and maintenance factors of the disorder. An important feature of this approach is the high structuring of treatment that allows a correct evaluation of the results and the possibility of directing therapeutic intervention to the specific needs of the patient and his family.
A foundation called ‘Fondazzjoni Kenn Għall-Saħħtek’ was set up between the Malta Community Chest Fund (MCCF) and the Ministry of Health, Elderly and Community Care to manage and run the residential home ‘Kenn għal Saħħtek’ in Triq Dar il-Kaptan, L-Imtarfa (formerly known as the Sisters’ Quarters) which will provide residential professional and nursing care to all the residents and patients, which property was granted on temporary emphyteusis to the Malta Community Chest Fund (M.C.C.F.). The Foundation is an autonomous body corporate with a distinct legal personality. The Foundation is chaired by Dr Anton Grech, Chairman of Psychiatry.
The Malta Community Chest Fund has been assisted by medical professionals from the Umbria region, who work in the field of treating eating disorders, in setting up Dar Kenn għal Saħħtek residential home. They also provided the expertise required to customise the facility to suit the specialised treatment that will be provided to people with eating disorders and obesity.
Triq Dar il Kaptan