MOH to provide palliative care to more patients at home
Posted by temasektimes on July 15, 2012
The Ministry of Health (MOH) will be increasing its efforts to provide palliative care for terminally ill patients at home.
Palliative care is a specialty which aims to control symptoms and relieve suffering of dying patients.
Speaking at the Singapore Palliative Care Conference on Saturday, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong revealed that MOH will be expanding palliative home care services and improving caregiver training.
“The majority of patients would also prefer to be cared for at home, near to their loved ones, and be accorded as much independence as possible, even towards the last phase of their lives,” Mr Gan said.
At the present moment, most terminally ill patients are cared for in hospitals and hospices and there is a misconception among Singaporeans that they cannot be adequately be cared for at home.
However, Mr Gan said that “even when the disease is advanced, it is still possible to look after patients very well at home if the necessary expertise and services are made available.”
A three-year pilot project for integrated home palliative care was set up last year with Dover Park Hospice and Tan Tock Seng Hospital. The project costs S$3 million and is funded by the Tote Board Community Healthcare Fund.