Hospice palliative care focuses on the dignity and comfort of the dying person rather than on the aspect of incurable disease.
Hospice palliative care is a holistic (or whole-person) type of health care that aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of living and dying.
- Address physical, psychological, social, spiritual and practical issues, and their associated expectations, needs, hopes and fears about the the dying process.
- Assist families to cope with loss and grief during the illness and bereavement.
a) Why a residential hospice?
- A residential provides a home-like environment where quality hospice palliative care is provided for persons nearing the end of life, who do not require hospitalization in an acute care setting, but who cannot stay at home.
b) Why not home?
- Most patients want to spend their last days at home, but for a variety of reasons such as lack of family resources, many patients are unable to stay at home.
c) Why not hospital?
- Demand for palliative beds greatly exceeds supply. As a result, many terminally ill patients end up spending their last days in wards not equipped to offer the specialized medical care and the emotional, spiritual, and family support that the palliative care unit offers.