Temasek Cares - Programme Dignity
Providing palliative home care and caregiver support for persons with advanced dementia
Partners: Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Dover Park Hospice, Agency for Integrated Care
A first of its kind, the Temasek Cares - Programme Dignity programme is a dedicated and holistic palliative home care service which supports persons with dementia as they live out their remaining lives with dignity.
Persons with advanced dementia require specialised and extensive medical support as they are frequently unable to articulate their needs and discomfort. Families and caregivers are often at a loss on how to care for their loved ones. Palliative care for persons with advanced dementia is an intervention that can help to alleviate these discomforts at their final stage of life.
In this pilot programme, there is a new specialised Advanced Dementia Palliative Home Care Team comprising of a resident physician, consulting geriatrician/palliative physician, nurse clinician and a medical social worker. This team supports persons with dementia and their caregivers with scheduled home care visits. The caregivers are further supported through phone calls to help them in their psychological well-being, identifying symptoms and giving pain relief to their loved ones.
More importantly, the persons with dementia and their caregivers have round-the-clock, 24-hour access to the Care Team so that in the event of emergency, assistance is rendered promptly.
The 3-year programme, a partnership among Temasek Cares, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Dover Park Hospice and the Agency for Integrated Care, expects to benefit 550 persons with dementia and their caregivers.