Programmes & Services
Set up in June 2000 to offer free home hospice care to the terminally ill of all ages and races, the Metta Hospice Care has since helped 1200 patients live with quality and dignity throughout the last phase of their lives.
Funded in part by the Ministry of Health and National Council of Social Service, our services are delivered through an inter-disciplinary team of doctors, nurses, spiritual advisors and a social worker-cum-counsellor.
A member of the Singapore Hospice Council (SHC) and Asia Pacific Hospice Network, we take care of patients who are referred from medical institutions and general practitioners.
Diagnosed with life-limiting illnesses such as cancer and end-stage renal failure, these patients have primarily ceased curative treatment and have a prognosis of one year or less to live.
Through our domiciliary care, they continue to receive nursing aid, medical supervision and medications for pain and other symptoms in the comfort of their own homes.
Palliative & Hospice Care
Palliative and hospice care form the two main tenets of our services. While the former entails pain relief and management of other symptoms like nausea and fatigue, the latter tends to the physical, emotional, psychosocial and spiritual needs of patients and caregivers.
Neither hastening nor postponing death, both culminate into a holistic approach that aims to alleviate suffering and maximise quality of life.
Aligned to this goal is our comprehensive range of medical, nursing, social, emotional and spiritual support, which ensures that our patients undergo a smooth transition from acute care in hospitals to home care that is clean, safe and convenient.
To facilitate the development of individualised care plans, their needs and conditions are first assessed to determine the most suitable type of care and equipment.
The intensity of home visits and reliance on equipment are then paced according to the severity of their conditions during follow-up care.
Besides administering medication, counselling and therapies, our medical personnel work with the patients’ primary physicians to achieve total care management.
Concomitantly, measures like teaching caregivers basic nursing routines and free equipment loans help to ensure the continuity of effective home care during intervals between visits.
Believing that emotional and spiritual pain are as veritable as physical afflictions, we offer counselling services and spiritual support to both the patients and their families to help them cope with end-of-life issues, including grief.
At the same time, spiritual advisors from various faiths are available to help them connect to their religions or draw strength from personal values.
Additional care services as well as assistance in subsidy applications can also be arranged with medical institutions and social assistance providers.