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Singapore Cancer Society (SCS) Hospice Care, the first hospice home care service in Singapore, was established in 1987. Since then, the team has provided home hospice care to support the needs of the Singapore community. SCS Hospice Care, as the team is now known, is one of the founding members of the Singapore Hospice Council. Since its formation, our hospice care services have been increasing in both capacity and capability to better cope with growing needs.

 

In the advanced stages of cancer, patients may choose to receive care and support in their homes to maximise their quality of life for as long as possible. Many patients prefer to spend their final days with their loved ones in the comfort of their own homes. The SCS Hospice Care team applies a multi-disciplinary approach to ensure that both patients’ and their family members’ needs are appropriately assessed and addressed.

 

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Once a cancer patient has been referred to and accepted under our care, a primary nurse will be assigned to manage treatment. The primary nurse will contact the patient and his/her caregiver to arrange for an initial clinical assessment in the patient’s residence as soon as possible to ensure that continued care is provided to the patient after being diagnosed and/or discharged.

 

The initial assessment will evaluate:

  1. the clinical condition of the patient
  2. the emotional state of patient and caregiver
  3. the patient’s rehabilitation needs

 

Following the initial assessment, the clinical team will advise on the necessary intervention(s) to manage the patient’s symptoms and make regular visits to check in on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of patients and their families.  

Where necessary, the clinical team will make referrals for therapists to visit patients and assess their condition in their residences, who will then recommend activities and exercises to help patients maintain their function and strength in their daily lives. Hospice home care also includes home modification and caregiver training.

 

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The SCS Hospice Care team makes regular visits to patients and their families to provide:

Clinical Assessment and Treatment

SCS professionals assess the needs of patients, their caregivers, and their families, providing help in managing symptoms like pain, as well as teaching caregivers how to care for their loved ones.

Psychosocial Services

Patients and their caregivers receive financial assistance, psychosocial and emotional support. SCS Psychosocial Services also offers bereavement support to family members and caregivers in the months following the death of a patient.

Home Rehabilitation

SCS therapists assess and train patients and their caregivers on exercises aimed at maintaining their function in day to day activities. Home rehabilitation also includes home modification and caregiver training.

Loan of Equipment

SCS loans equipment such as oxygen concentrators and syringe drivers as well as rehabilitation equipment such as wheelchairs, commodes and walking aids to patients.

Welfare Aid

Eligible patients receive monthly aid for daily needs and medical supplies as recommended by their medical team.

Living-Well Programme

SCS enhances the dignity of care and quality living for financially needy patients by enabling them to reside in their homes until their last days, fulfilling last wishes and enabling legacy building. 

 

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SCS loans medical and rehabilitation equipment to hospice patients who are under our care. Applicants are subject to means-testing to ensure that there is a sufficient supply of equipment for needy cancer patients to attain the necesary assistance. The following items are available:

 

wheelchair

Self-Propelled Wheelchair

For patients who have sufficient upper limb strength and are able to wheel themselves.

  

push chair

Push Chair

For patients who require full mobility assistance.

 

commode

Commode with Wheels

Helpful for patients who suffer from conditions such as weakness or urinary incontinence, etc.

quadripod

Ordinary Walking Frame

For patients who require assistance with movement, balance, and posture. 

 

point stick

Point Stick

For patients who have mild instability, pain, or muscle weakness.

 

narrow base quadripod

Broad Base Quadripod

For patients who require assistance with balance and stability while walking.

air mattress

Air Mattress

For patients with bed sores.

 

oxygenator

Oxygen Concentrator

This portable device is used to deliver oxygen to patients who experience low blood-oxygen levels.

 

portable grip handles

Portable Grip Handles

Adjustable grip handles that can be attached to flat surfaces to aid with support and mobility.

 

 

 

Wooden Ramp

Provides elevation to overcome uneven flooring or pathways for patients in wheelchairs.

 

 


A fully refundable deposit (upon return) is required for the loaning of equipment. No rental charges will be levied on patients. Patients who have difficulty putting up the deposit may apply for a deposit waiver.

 

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SCS provides transportation for patients between their homes and hospitals for chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and other medical appointments. This eases the financial burden of cancer patients from low income families. Subject to availability and means-testing, cancer patients receiving treatment at SCS Rehabilitation Centre and/or the following restructured hospitals may seek transportation assistance:

  • National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS)
  • Singapore General Hospital (SGH)
  • Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH)
  • National University Hospital (NUH)

 

Who can apply? 

  •  Singaporeans or Permanent Residents (there are exceptions for non-Resident applicants whose parents/spouse/children are Singaporeans or Permanent Residents, and reside in Singapore for a continuous period of not less than 5 years)
  • Cancer patient who has cancer-related medical appointments at a restructured hospital and/or attending rehabilitation programme at SCS Cancer Rehabilitation Centre (CRC).
  • Recipient of Medifund, Blue/Orange Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS), Medical Fee Assistance Care (MFAC) or Public Assistance (PA); or
  • Patient is known to medical social worker or receiving financial assistance from SCS (only applicable for recipients of Cancer Treatment Fund, Welfare Aid Fund and/or Living Well Programme), Social Service Offices (SSO), or other community agencies.

 

Funding Assistance 
Successful applicants will be notified to receive free transport services (van or volunteer driver) during the approved period.

 

Documents Required
1) Copy of NRIC (front and back) of patient
2) Copy of Medifund, Blue/Orange CHAS, MFAC or PA card of patient
3) Copy of upcoming medical appointments schedule
4) Completed application form and endorsement by doctor, nurse or medical social worker
5) Copy of medical report(s) for Ambulance Service applications

 

How to Apply? 
Please approach your doctor, nurse or medical social worker to complete and submit your SCS Transport application form. Alternatively, you may contact us for more information.

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In the advanced stages of cancer, patients may choose to receive care and support in their homes to maximise their quality of life for as long as possible. Patients may choose to do so to spend their days with their loved ones in the comfort of their own homes. 

Once a cancer patient has been referred to and accepted under our care, a primary nurse will be assigned to manage treatment. The primary nurse will contact the patient and his/her caregiver to arrange for an initial clinical assessment in the patient’s residence as soon as possible to ensure that continued care is provided to the patient after being diagnosed and/or discharged.

IMG 7260 IMG 7233

 

The initial assessment will evaluate:

  1. the clinical condition of the patient
  2. the emotional state of patient and caregiver
  3. the patient’s rehabilitation needs

Following the initial assessment, the clinical team will advise on the necessary intervention(s) to manage the patient’s symptoms and make regular visits to check in on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of patients and their families.  

Where necessary, the clinical team will make referrals for therapists to visit patients and assess their condition in their residences, who will then recommend activities and exercises to help patients maintain their function and strength in their daily lives. Hospice home care also includes home modification and caregiver training.

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