Resources For Support

Here are some resources that you can consider to support your care of a loved one with a terminal illness at home. You can discuss with your loved one’s primary doctor or medical team on whether these services are suitable for him/her.

Home medical care / Home nursing care

Home medical care is a service catered to your loved one staying at home who may have difficulty seeking medical services due to his/her medical condition or mobility issues. Home medical care may include services such as doing a regular review of the health status, prescription of medication, or even the order and review of diagnostic tests.

For home nursing care, nurses will come to the residence to tend to the care recipient, such as monitoring blood pressure and blood sugar levels. The service will also help in wound dressing, changing of urine catheter and nasogastric tube. Education and caregiver training will also be provided to the family to help caregivers gain knowledge and skills that will help in caring for their loved ones.

Credits: Agency for Integrated Care

Nursing care at home

Nursing agencies can provide nursing service for the care of patient up to 12 hours daily. Families and caregivers can choose to use the service during the day-shift or the night-shift according to the needs of the family. If you require round-the-clock nursing service, two nurses would be required. The nurse will tend to the care recipient’s needs, such as personal care and hygiene, activities of daily living, and nursing care, as well as provide education on improving the care of your loved one.

Nursing hospice care

It is palliative care service catered to persons with terminal illnesses who prefer to spend their days at home. The terminally-ill person would be mainly cared for by family caregivers. The home hospice team would make periodic visits to the residence. The frequency of visits varies from once every few days to weekly or fortnightly, depending on the medical needs of the person. The home hospice team can be a source of medical support, emotional support, and educational support for the family caregivers and the care recipient.