About Acompalia

Delivering hospice services in Granada province

Here at Acompalia, we’re working to raise funds for a vital new service. We plan to provide practical, professional and caring support, free of charge, for terminally ill patients and their families in the Granada province of southern Spain.

The Acompalia Hospice will be the first service of its kind in Granada and along the Costa Tropical.

Why support Acompalia?

Whether expats or Spanish residents of Granada, we’re all part of an ageing population. Over the next few years, palliative or hospice care – specialised care for terminally ill patients – is going to become an increasingly important issue for our loved ones, and eventually for many of us as well. This is because:

  • Many expats are settled here for life, whilst their families remain abroad.
  • Spanish families are increasingly split up in different regions or even countries as the younger generation seeks work further afield.
  • Middle-aged women, traditionally the caregivers for loved ones, are working full-time outside the home, meaning that many are unable to take on this role.
  • People are living longer, and are more likely to suffer from a terminal illness such as cancer, heart disease or lung disease at the end of their lives.

Research shows that:

  • Most people want the choice to die at home or in sympathetic surroundings, with their families at hand.
  • They want effective pain relief and appropriate but non-intrusive medical care.
  • Patients want their loved ones to feel supported – emotionally and practically – during and after the patient’s last days.

Here at Acompalia, we are passionate about giving patients and families this kind of choice, the kind that isn’t available in conventional hospital settings.

Now you can help us to help them. Support Acompalia with a donation, or better still, get involved in fundraising with us for this great cause.

First things first

When a loved one is diagnosed with cancer or another terminal illness, they and their family members can take comfort from talking to someone who really understands their situation. To address this need, we have now set up the Acompalia Telephone Helpline, staffed by trained and caring volunteers. Patients and families can talk through their feelings, and get the (non-medical) emotional and practical support they need at each stage.

The Helpline is currently open from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays, on 634 302 225

Please click on the ‘Donate’ button to find out how you can help us maintain and expand this vital service.

And we would love to hear from you if you can help us raise funds. Visit our Fundraising page for news, ideas and support in creating your own successful fundraising event!

Future plans for Acompalia

Within the coming years, we also plan to:

  •  Offer professional palliative care within the patient’s home, giving carers a much-needed break and support.
  • Build and staff the Acompalia Daycare Centre, with trained nursing staff and special wellbeing facilities including spa and massage therapy.
  • Build and staff a 15-bed Acompalia Hospice with full nursing care in a peaceful garden setting.

Once we are established, our services will be available free of charge via our website, or by asking your GP, nurse or hospital consultant to refer you.

With your generosity, we can make it happen.

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Sunflower - symbol of paliative care
Paliative Care

The sunflower; symbol of palliative care

Palliative Care began in the early 1960s in the UK with the emergence of the hospice movement led by Dame Cicely Saunders. With careful observation of dying patients Dame Cicely advocated that only an interdisciplinary team could relieve the “total pain” of a dying person in the context of his or her family, and the team concept is still at the core of palliative care.

Palliative care services have developed in many settings and have often been closely related to oncology.

The hospice movement has grown dramatically in recent years and it is now a worldwide movement. The sunflower has become the national emblem of Palliative Care.