WHAT IS PALLIATIVE CARE?
Palliative Care is a medical specialty focusing on improving the quality of life of patients with life-limiting illnesses, and their families, through the prevention and relief of suffering.
(The “suffering” relieved by palliative care can range from common symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, and nausea, to other issues including physical, psycho-social, or spiritual. When end-of-life situations are involved, palliative care may also involve communicating important issues with family members.)
While the term is often associated with “end-of-life care”, end of life is an integral part of the journey, not its main focus. The aim of palliative care is to help patients (and families) attain the best quality of life they can, in the present moment. Some patients and families enrolled in palliative care find that the support and relief from suffering can enable them to share more positive experiences and live better for months or sometimes even years.
According to the WHO, Palliative Care:
- affirms life and regards dying as a normal process;
- intends neither to hasten or postpone death;
- integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care;
- offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death;
- offers a support system to help the family cope during the patient’s illness and in their own bereavement;
- uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families, including bereavement counselling, if indicated;
- will enhance quality of life, and may also positively influence the course of illness
Our KHF team of doctors, nurses, and trained volunteers provide the services
FREE OF CHARGE and without any strings attached.
Criteria for Acceptance under Kasih Hospice Foundation home hospice care:
Service area covered by Kasih Hospice Foundation:
Please note that this is a general guide regarding our Service Areas, not a full and comprehensive listing.
If you wish to clarify coverage for a particular instance, kindly contact the office at 03-7865 6522.
- INCLUDING Damansara Damai & Bandar Sri Damansara
- EXCEPT FOR Old Klang Road / PJS, Kota Damansara, Kwasa Damansara
- INCLUDING most Section U’s, Sections 2-5, Bukit Jelutong, TTDI Jaya
- EXCEPT FOR Alam Impian, Alam Megah, Alam Nusantara, Bukit Kemuning, Bukit Rimau, Cahaya Alam, Kota Kemuning, Puncak Alam, Setia Alam, Setia Damai, Taman Sri Muda
INCLUDING Taman Puncak Desa
EXCEPT FOR Desa Coalfield
EXCEPT FOR Gombak, Sri Gombak, Taman Samudera
- INCLUDING Sungai Choh, Bukit Beruntung, Sungai Buaya, Bandar Tasik Puteri
- EXCEPT Batu Arang, Kota Puteri, Bestari Jaya
We got to know KL during our Day Care session at the Palliative Care Unit Ward, Selayang Hospital. KL had always wanted to go to the seaside, so we took her to Port Dickson. I will never forget that beautiful smile of hers as she looked at the sea.
She was again admitted to the PCU Ward in March and we started our “Sitting with KL” sessions a couple of weeks after that.
My deep and sincere gratitude to all my fellow Kasih Hospice Day Care volunteers who were so committed to accompanying and sitting with KL till the very end of her journey. I know KL would want me to convey her deep appreciation to each and everyone of you again and again.
She was one of the most beautiful beings and souls whom I had the honor to meet and spent some time with — she was simple and pure at heart and yet always so generous with her kindness and love for others around her. Her quiet strength and determination were something I would always admire and remember.
When I left her that Monday evening (the last sitting with KL), she looked really, really peaceful. When I touched her to bid goodbye, her hands were cold, and I thought to myself, it would be Wesak Day the next day.
And KL passed on in the early hours of Wesak Day in her sleep. Farewell KL.
Mrs M's story
Mrs. M was the primary caretaker of her 60-year-old husband with Advanced Colon Cancer, and they were an elderly couple living alone in Petaling Jaya. Mrs. M shared how being an end-of-life care patient during the Covid-19 pandemic is one of the most frightening things a carer can experience.
“There are fears of going to the Covid hospital, fears that nobody would answer my questions, fears of facing emergencies alone, fears of dying alone, fears of the actual process of dying itself. Help is not at hand as it’s MCO (Movement Control Order) time, and we didn’t know what was going to happen day by day.”
Luckily Kasih Hospice had made available an Oxygen Concentrator that enabled Mr M to leave the hospital and spend his final days at home where he preferred to be. Our hospice’s Senior Palliative Doctor, Dr. Vanitha, handled Mrs M’s case via a combination of both frequent teleconferencing and supportive home visits in full PPE.
One morning, Mrs M called up Dr. Vanitha in tears to share her foreboding feeling that Mr. M was going to pass away soon. Our doctor assured her that Mr. M was comfortable and that the family had done everything they could. Mrs M read aloud the poems that Mr. M had written for his family over the years.
As Mr M was taking his last breath, Mrs M managed to videocall her children, and they witnessed Mr. M’s passing, together as
We would like to introduce our hero, Tuti, who works as a home helper in Malaysia. Tuti came to know about Kasih Hospice 4 years ago. Even at that time, her generosity and spirit compelled her to donate RM 10 to our cause. She has since been annually making contributions of RM 10 to RM 20 to Kasih from her savings.
This year when Tuti found out about our “Shave for Palliative Care” campaign, she immediately made a pledge of RM 500, which she dedicated to the mother of her employee as well as to all the Covid patients in Malaysia.
Her compassion and nobility bought tears to our eyes. To us, this donation is one of the most valuable gifts we received; because we know what it takes – as any witness will.
The true cost of a single dollar differs from person to person. We know that Tuti went without, so that others would not have to. Tuti wanted to give up the things she thought she didn’t need, so that those who need them more than her might benefit.
Let us fold our palms for Tuti, who inspires and humbles us, and who is a Great Teacher on the true art of compassion, nobility, and faith in humanity.
Thank you for being an example to us all.