Bringing Light to the Dying at Christmastime
by Elaine Kim
for HCA HOSPICE CARE
Our Campaign Storyends 15 Jan 2016, 12 AM
I’m a doctor at HCA Hospice Care, and have been volunteering, working, raising funds and awareness for palliative care for 8 years. Working at a hospice, I have a first-hand view of palliative care, how important it is, and what a difference it makes to the terminally ill patients as well as their families.
A lot of our patients are the elderly poor in Singapore. At one of the first fundraising galas I organised, I asked for half the proceeds to be distributed as $200 “angpows” to the neediest of our patients, and had the opportunity to distribute them personally. It was so moving to see how this small amount brought so much joy to the patients, letting them affords a small indulgence to enjoy simple pleasures in their final days, or be able to give something to their loved ones, like a gift for a grandchild. It’s a blessing to make a difference in another’s life. If you are giving back somehow but are not sure if it makes much impact, just do it – every little bit counts.
We understand the medical and psychological needs of patients, caregivers and their families. By managing our patients pain and other symptoms with specialised care and support, we enable them to spend their last days at home, in comfort and dignity, with their families and loved ones.
Additionally, we care for the caregivers by providing them with psychosocial support, practical training, and advice at all hours with our 24/7 hotline.
As our home hospice service for adults is provided free-of-charge to all patients under our care, we rely on donations to support what we believe is a basic right: to die with dignity.
With your contribution and commitment to helping us, we are confident of achieving our goal to adding life to the days of patients with life-limiting illnesses.