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Singapore Cancer Society (SCS) Hospice Care, the first hospice home care service in Singapore, was established in 1987. Since then, the team has provided home hospice care to support the needs of the Singapore community. SCS Hospice Home Care, as the team is now known, is one of the founding members of the Singapore Hospice Council. Since its formation, our hospice care services have been increasing in both capacity and capability to better cope with growing needs.

 

In the advanced stages of cancer, patients may choose to receive care and support in their homes to maximise their quality of life for as long as possible. Many patients prefer to spend their final days with their loved ones in the comfort of their own homes. The SCS Hospice Home Care team applies a multi-disciplinary approach to ensure that both patients’ and their family members’ needs are appropriately assessed and addressed.

 

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Once a cancer patient has been referred to and accepted under our care, a primary nurse will be assigned to manage treatment. The primary nurse will contact the patient and his/her caregiver to arrange for an initial clinical assessment in the patient’s residence as soon as possible to ensure that continued care is provided to the patient after being diagnosed and/or discharged.

 

The initial assessment will evaluate:

  1. the clinical condition of the patient
  2. the emotional state of patient and caregiver
  3. the patient’s rehabilitation needs

 

Following the initial assessment, the clinical team will advise on the necessary intervention(s) to manage the patient’s symptoms and make regular visits to check in on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of patients and their families.  

Where necessary, the clinical team will make referrals for therapists to visit patients and assess their condition in their residences, who will then recommend activities and exercises to help patients maintain their function and strength in their daily lives. Hospice home care also includes home modification and caregiver training.

 

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The SCS Hospice Care team makes regular visits to patients and their families to provide:

Clinical Assessment and Treatment

SCS professionals assess the needs of patients, their caregivers, and their families, providing help in managing symptoms like pain, as well as teaching caregivers how to care for their loved ones.

Psychosocial Services

Patients and their caregivers receive financial assistance, psychosocial and emotional support. SCS Psychosocial Services also offers bereavement support to family members and caregivers in the months following the death of a patient.

Home Rehabilitation

SCS therapists assess and train patients and their caregivers on exercises aimed at maintaining their function in day to day activities. Home rehabilitation also includes home modification and caregiver training.

Loan of Equipment

SCS loans equipment such as oxygen concentrators and syringe drivers as well as rehabilitation equipment such as wheelchairs, commodes and walking aids to patients.

Welfare Aid

Eligible patients receive monthly aid for daily needs and medical supplies as recommended by their medical team.

Living-Well Programme

SCS enhances the dignity of care and quality living for financially needy patients by enabling them to reside in their homes until their last days, fulfilling last wishes and enabling legacy building. 

 

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Palliative Care Myths Debunked

 

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What is Palliative Care

Palliative care is a specialised, multi-disciplinary, and holistic approach to caring for seriously ill people and providing support to their families.

Some misconceptions have often led to palliative care being introduced late in an illness. However, when introduced at an early stage, palliative care is able to provide comprehensive symptom control, support, and assistance with complex decision-making throughout the course of a patient’s illness.

Ideally, palliative care can and should be integrated earlier in the event of an illness as part of a comprehensive and holistic care plan, alongside treatment of the illness. Palliative care helps to improve the quality of life for patients and may even help extend life. Palliative care is available to help clinicians care for patients and their families at any age or stage of a serious illness, including cancer.

5 Facts About Palliative Care Everyone Should Know

  1. Palliative care is a sub-specialty of medicine that focuses on care for patients with complex and serious illnesses. It involves caring for patients and their families at any stage and over the course of their illness, even while they receive life-prolonging or curative treatments.
  2. Palliative care is appropriate at any stage of a serious illness. The earlier palliative care is incorporated into a care plan, the higher the quality of life may be for the patient.
  3. Palliative care can help to address the emotional impact of serious illness on patients and their families. Its holistic approach to care focuses on family and caregiver support.
  4. Palliative care teams help patients, caregivers, and family members come to grips with complex discussions surrounding a serious illness. This leads to higher patient satisfaction, stronger adherence to medical therapy, and ultimately, better health outcomes.
  5. Palliative care enhances health care value. It helps to reduce associated costs and hospital readmissions. At the same time, palliative care improves quality of life as well as patient and family satisfaction.