On day 2 of the conference, delegates may opt to visit one of six leading hospices or palliative care units in Singapore, in place of the afternoon breakout sessions. As each location can accommodate a limited number for visitors, delegates are advised to register early to reserve a space to visit their preferred hospice or palliative care unit. Transport to and from the conference venue will be provided. More information on how you can register will be made available soon.
Delegates may CHOOSE ONE of the following:
1. Assisi Hospice
Visit the newest purpose-built hospice in Singapore and learn more about its model of care. Assisi Hospice moves into their new home in 2017, and offers 85 inpatient beds (including the first dedicated inpatient palliative dementia ward and a palliative paediatric ward), Day Care Centre and home care service.
2. Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and Yishun Community Hospice
Palliative care in the “Hospital in a Garden” – follow a patient’s journey from the acute hospital to the community hospital and to the patient’s own home. After a multidisciplinary team presentation and briefing, visitors will be given a tour of acute wards in the “Hospital in the Garden”, as well as the sub-acute and palliative care wards in the Yishun Community Hospital. The objective of the visit is to understand how the different transitions and care issues are managed for palliative patients moving from the acute to sub-acute and palliative wards and to their own home.
3. Singapore Cancer Society Rehabilitation Centre at JEM Office Tower
The first of its kind in Singapore, this rehabilitation centre by the Singapore Cancer Society provides integrated care to address the needs of cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers. The holistic programme addresses survivors’ functional deficits, promotes the importance of exercise and diet, provides psychoeducation and support, and looks into work-life reintegration.
4. St Andrew’s Community Hospital and Changi General Hospital
The objective of this visit is to have an understanding of an integrated care model between an acute hospital, a sub-acute palliative care ward and home care service and the role of the multidisciplinary team in management of symptoms. Experience how physical, occupational and music therapists manage dyspnea and other symptoms.
5. St Joseph’s Home
St Joseph’s Home, an integrated home for the aged and destitute as well as those facing end of life, will have a new facility comprising of 412 beds by first quarter 2017. Among the services that will be available at the new home are music and art therapy, hydrotherapy, which involves the use of water for pain relief and treatment, and a gym. Included in this tour, will be an opportunity to learn about St Joseph’s signature ‘Dusk to Dawn’ programme, a night respite service for caregivers of persons with dementia experiencing sun-downing.
6. Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Dover Park Hospice
Delegates will first get to visit a 13-Bed Palliative Care Unit in an acute hospital setting and speak with the multi-disciplinary Palliative Care team to learn about the type of patients that are cared for in the ward as well as the various measures and programmes which were put in place to optimise the care of patients in this Palliative Care Unit. Delegates will then be brought to Dover Park Hospice, Singapore’s first purpose-built hospice, to understand the integrated continuum of care for patients and their families in an inpatient and homecare setting.