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An Introduction to Hospis Malaysia
Introhospisbrochure.pdf – 724 kb (English Version)
IntrohospisChinese.pdf – 703 kb (Chinese Version)
Pengenalankpdhospis.pdf – 723 kb (Malay Version)
Hospice.pdf – 299 kb (English Version)
HospiceChinese.pdf – 292 kb (Chinese Version)
PenjagaanHospis.pdf - 337 kb (Malay Version)
HospiceDonationForm.pdf - 63 kb
|Introduction to Hospice Care |
(All information has been provided and published on this website with the permission of Dr Ednin Hamzah, Medical Director of Hospis Malaysia)
Normally, hospitals, doctors and nurses have the responsibility to help people recover from their illnesses or injuries. But what happens to those whose illness is no longer curable?
Surely, this is a time of great stress for them and their families. The hospitals would generally want to discharge these patients as they (the hospital) feel that there is little that can be done and the beds would be needed for others. Busy doctors and nurses are often pressured to concentrate on patients whom they can help to get well. Frequently, these patients, whose progressive and deteriorating condition may require special attention and care, are left to suffer much pain, discomfort and the humiliation of incapacity. The family, who more often than not are under stress themselves, is quite unable to cope.
But in recent years, there has been an increase in the recognition that people with diseases that are progressive and no longer respond to curative treatment should not be regarded as dying. This unfortunate group should not be ignored and treated as people for whom little can be done. We are all living persons up to the moment of our last breath.
Hospice / Palliative Care aims to facilitate quality living right up to that very last breath. Palliative Care is concerned with enabling the patient to live out his remaining days free from pain, despair and others forms of distress with dignity. A great deal of knowledge and experience in this specialised field has been introduced and developed. For instance, today the pain of an incurable disease can be completely eliminated in most cases or greatly reduced in others. With the aid and services provided by Hospice care, the final stage of a dying person's life can be enhanced, comfortable and dignified.
Through Hospice / Palliative Care, a patient's family can be taught and trained on how to attend to the patient in the most effective manner, relieving both the patient and his / her family of much stress and anxiety. In many cases, good Hospice care provided have brought both the patient and family closer to each other, perhaps much closer than ever before. When this occurs, it is perhaps the most important and deeply felt time of our lives.
In Malaysia, Hospice Care is now available in most of the major towns. This is the reason for the foundation of HOSPIS MALAYSIA in August 1991. It is a charitable organisation formed by a group of dedicated individuals from various professional backgrounds, who identified the pressing need for professional Palliative Care services to be offered to the society.
Hospis Malaysia views Palliative Care as a responsibility and has the objective to create greater awareness on Palliative Care, its services and its benefits. The organisation also provides training for doctors, nurses and other medical professionals in symptom control such as pain management and assessing the psychological needs of patients. As a Hospice / Palliative Care provider, Hospis Malaysia endeavours to provide professional Palliative Care to enhance the quality of life of those in need in the Klang Valley.
|The History of Hospis Malaysia |
Hospis Malaysia is a charitable organization established in August 1991 aimed to address the immense need to develop and provide professional Palliative Care services to the community.
We are not affiliated to any political, religious organization or health institutions. Our services are provided free and extended to all – irrespective of their race, religion or status (social standing).
(Updated Dec 2002)
Dato’ Francis Huang Chang Hsun (Chairman)
Mr Peter Loh Chee Khen (Vice Chairman)
Mr James Armand Menezes (Treasurer)
Mr Mok Yuen Lok (Secretary)
Dato’ Dr Peter Mooney
Tan Sri Lim Leong Seng
Dr Ednin Hamzah
Mrs Margaret Moh-Tuan Chai Nee Lim
Mrs Linda Phang nee Cheam Swee Lan
Ms Gee Siew Hong
|What is Palliative Care? |
Palliative Care is the active, total care of patients whose disease no longer responds to curative treatment. Palliative Care strives to achieve and provide the best quality of life for patients and their families, where pain management and symptom control as well as the patient’s psychological, social and spiritual dimensions take priority. The objectives are:
- Affirm life and regard dying as a normal process. Neither hasten nor postpone death
- Provide relief from pain and other distressing symptoms. Offer support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death
- Offer support system to help the family cope during the patient's illness and during their bereavement
Palliative Care is not caring for the dying. It should be seen as care for the living, namely patients that we serve. This service aims to facilitate and enhance patients' quality of life for the duration of his / her remaining days.
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