What is Hospice @ Home Care?

 

Hospice @ Home Care Programme is primarily a programme of care aimed at improving the quality of life of terminally ill cancer patients and families within the home environment.

 

Who is eligible?

 

Hospice care is offered to cancer patients:

 

a) Who are in the terminal stage of disease and wish to stay at home but require close supervision and medical attention.

b) Whose symptoms can be reasonably controlled at home.

c) Who requires emotional and practical support.

d) Who has a primary carer.

 

Who is a Primary Carer?

 

A primary carer is someone who is a family member/friend/paid helper who is looking after the patient at home.

 

REFERRAL TO THE HOSPICE @ HOME CARE PROGRAMME

 

a) Your doctor should refer and make an appointment for you by phone with the receptionist at Tel No. 012 - 8866090 during office hours, who will then make an appoint with the doctor in charge of Hospice @ Home Care.

 

b) You should bring your doctor's referral letter when you come for assessment by the doctor in charge of Hospice @ Home Care.

 

c) If you are found suitable, the details of the programme will be explained and if the terms are acceptable, the letter of acceptance will be signed.

 

d) A home visit by the Hospice @ Home Care nurse will then be arranged to assess your needs.

 

WHAT ARE THE SERVICES OFFERED?

 

The services will:

 

- Give support and advice on symptom control.

- Provide emotional and physical support for both patients and families.

- Co-ordinate any additional requirement of the patients such as spiritual care and domicillary arrangement.

- Provide loan of equipment for use by the patients at home e.g. wheelchair, commode, oxygen concentrator, ripple mattresses, etc.

 

WHO ARE THE MEMBERS OF THE HOSPICE @ HOME CARE PROGRAMME?

 

The team consists of:

 

a) Hospice Nurse (volunteers) - primary contact between patients and their families and the hospice resources.

 

Their role will be:

 

- To educate the patients and their families in coping with problems related to distressed symptoms, physical care and nutrition.

- To make home visits when required to assess the needs of the patient and families.

- To counsel patients and their families.

 

b) Doctors - The Palliative Care Specialist, Volunteer doctors and or patient's own doctor are responsible for symptom control.

 

c) Social Worker - She would look into the social needs of patients/families when required.

 

d) Lay volunteers - To assist in ordinary ways as need arises.

 

PAYMENT FOR THE SERVICE

 

The service is provided free of charge, but patients have to purchase their own consumables such as urine bags, colostomy bags, catheters, tubes for feeding, dressing, syringes etc.

 

Any donation should be address to:

 

"SARAWAK HOSPICE SOCIETY", A/C No: 80-0528373-3,

CIMB BANK BERHAD, 282 Jalan Rubber, 93400 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

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