The palliative care information and support you need. We believe that understanding your care options helps you to make an informed choice about your treatment and the rest of your palliative care journey.
When patients are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness like cancer, long-term care, symptom management, and care support are needed for your loved ones to manage complex conditions as the illness progresses. You are not alone! Our palliative care team in Home Instead has a variety of care services ranging from everyday companionship to specialized services like hospice home care. We can package these in combinations to provide a personalized, cost-effective long-term or short-term program. Please contact us for a free, no-obligation care consultation.
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What is Palliative Care?
When a loved one is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, long-term care and support are needed to manage complex conditions as the illness progresses.
When a loved one is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, long-term care services and focus support are needed to manage complex conditions as the illness progresses.
Palliative care aims to relieve the suffering of your loved ones and improve the quality of life for patients and their family members by caring for the “whole-person” physically, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually.
In 2015, Singapore ranked number 12 (up from 18th in 2010) in the global Quality of Death index commissioned by the Lien Foundation. Singapore was also second in Asia, behind Taiwan (6th) in the rankings of the improved and expanded 2015 Quality of Death Index (QOD).
In Singapore, palliative care may be provided in a Hospice Home Care or in a patient’s home from various public facilities and also Home Instead as part of our integrated long-term view of care.
Palliative Care from Home Instead
We, as caregivers believe in an integrated approach that addresses physical and emotional care needs and assists the family members as well as the patient in symptom management. We combine non-specialist and specialist care in a team approach through a Care Plan that is established for each client’s care. This team approach includes:
- Professional care team personally matched with you, who will stay with you in care needs
- Strong companionship from your regular service providers
- Control over the days, times, and care services you receive (from occasional visits to 24/7 in-home care)
- Telephone support provided by our care service providers
- The comfort that your friendly caregivers can help with whatever is needed around the house.
- Specific specialized services such as nursing care and therapy as needed
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More About Palliative Care
Some key facts from the World Health Organization (WHO):
- Palliative care improves the quality of life of patients and that of their families who are facing challenges associated with a life-threatening illness, whether physical, psychological, social, or spiritual. The quality of life of caregivers improves as well.
- Each year, an estimated 40 million people are in need of palliative care services after they receive inpatient care treatment;
- Early delivery of palliative care reduces unnecessary hospital admissions and the use of health services.
- Palliative care involves a range of services delivered by a range of care professionals in inpatient care in community hospitals that all have equally important roles to play – including physicians, nursing care, support workers, paramedics, pharmacists, physiotherapists, and volunteers –– in support of the patient and their family in nursing homes.
- Palliative care services are approaches that improve the quality of life of patients (adults and children) and their families who are facing problems associated with a life-threatening illness. It prevents and relieves patients suffering through the early identification, correct assessment, and treatment of pain and other problems, whether physical, psychosocial, or treatment for spiritual care.
- Addressing forbearing involves taking care of issues beyond physical symptoms. Palliative care uses a care team approach to support patients and their caregivers. This includes addressing practical care needs and providing bereavement care counseling. It offers a care support system to help patients live in comfort and as actively as possible until death.
- Palliative care is explicitly recognized under the human right to health. The care should be provided through person-centered and integrated health care services that pay special attention to the specific care needs and patients’ preferences.
- Palliative care is required for a wide range of diseases. The majority of adults in need of palliative care have chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases (38.5%), cancer (34%), chronic respiratory diseases (10.3%), AIDS (5.7%), and diabetes (4.6%). Many other conditions may require palliative care, including treatment for kidney failure, chronic liver disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, neurological disease, dementia, congenital anomalies, and drug-resistant tuberculosis.
- Pain and difficulty in breathing are two of the most frequent and serious symptoms experienced by patients in need of palliative care. For example, 80% of patients with AIDS or cancer, and 67% of patients with cardiovascular disease or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease will experience moderate to severe pain at the end of their lives. Opioids treatment is essential for managing pain.