Our hospital has three post acute care service units. These are called the Synge, Yeats and Joyce units. These post acute care service units are located in Fairview in Dublin and are all managed and staffed by the Mater Hospital.
What is post acute care?
The Mater Hospital is an acute hospital which means we specialise in treating patients who have urgent, short-term medical needs.
With some patients, they reach a point of being medically stable but are not quite ready to go home or to go to a nursing home. For these patients, we provide a specialised service called post acute care where we provide support to patients and their family until they reach their full potential and can be discharged from hospital.
Our team’s philosophy is to provide a supportive caring, safe and homely environment for all our patients, their families and our colleagues.
Courtesy, compassion, caring and respect are the fundamental values of PACS.
As a patient, you will be treated by a team that specialises in re-ablement. This means that we will support your recovery until you reach your full potential and are well enough to return home. The service is led by nurses, with support from consultants who specialise in providing care for older people, medical social workers and pharmacists.
To help you reach your full potential and to ensure a safe and successful discharge from our care, our team will:
- Provide information and support to you, your family and carers to avoid the need for nursing home care where possible.
- Help you or your family put extra supports in place for when you go home. We can, for example, help you apply for home care packages and other services.
- Visit your home with you so that you can become familiar with things again and feel more confident about going home.
- Help speed up nursing home applications, if this is relevant.
- Set up any other services you may need, such as wound care management, IV antibiotic therapy (through a drip) or palliative care (pain management) services.
What to bring with you when you move to PACS
- Daywear and footwear
- Nightwear, dressing gown and slippers
- Mobility aids
What you can expect when you move to PACS
- Our team will greet you and introduce you to the unit and we will discuss your care plan with you.
- Our team will provide support and expertise during your stay with us.
- Our team will meet with you about your discharge plan.
Recreation & facilities:
- Our activities coordinator will plan patient activities each afternoon from Monday to Friday including painting, quizzes, music, board games, bingo, excercises and movies.
- Pet therapy takes place on Monday evenings.
- We have lovely gardens for patients in all units to enjoy.
- Hairdressing appointments are available on Fridays.
- Mass is held on Sundays.
- Breakfast is served in the dining room at 8.30am
- Mid morning cup of tea/coffee is served either in the sitting room or your room (the choice is yours) at 10.30am
- Dinner is served in the dining room at 12.30pm
- Tea is served in the dining room at 4.30pm
- Supper (cup of tea and a sandwich) is served in your room between 7.30pm-8pm.
(Our catering staff will always try their best to offer food options that you enjoy, please let them know if you have any preferences).
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