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More patients living out final days at home

About 5,000 now receive palliative care at home, up from 1,700 in 2009

Published on Jun 23, 2013 8:29 AM
Madam Chua Ah Toh, who suffers from end-stage renal failure, used to be admitted to hospital as often as twice a month. After enrolling in a home palliative care programme, she has cut this to just a few times a year. -- ST PHOTO: CAROLINE CHIA

Many more people are living out their final days in the comfort of home, according to Ministry of Health figures.

Currently, about 5,000 people are being cared for in their own homes. In contrast, 1,700 people were able to have this care for the whole of 2009.

The numbers are set to rise as more become aware of the benefits of end-of-life care, along with efforts by the Government and care providers to increase accessibility to such services.

Palliative care is crucial in ensuring good quality of life for not just patients, but caregivers too, said HCA Hospice Care's chief executive and medical director R. Akhileswaran.

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