MORE people will benefit from the free medical and palliative care services offered by Hospice Klang when their new centre is up and running in Bandar Parklands, Klang come 2016.
Currently, they are operating from a double-storey terrace home in Taman Sri Andalas, Klang and are finding it hard to cope with the increasing number of patients.
The non-profit organisation, which does not house patients, cares for terminally-ill cancer patients and caregivers by providing palliative care through home visits.
About 300 cancer patients are enrolled with the centre yearly and some 150 patients are under their care at any one time.
(Yong (standing second from left) greeting guests and thanking donors for their support during the fundraising dinner)
“We are grateful for the new centre but what we really need is good manpower and enough contributions to cover our monthly operational costs,” said centre chairman Dr Michael Yoong during a fundraising dinner in Klang where RM200,000 was raised recently.
They have one doctor and three nurses who go around visiting patients’ homes in Klang to offer both medical and emotional support.
Every year, they make up to 4,000 home visits to all patients under their care.
Without enough manpower, money and professional volunteers, all this would not be possible.
“We need at least RM25,000 to RM30,000 for operational costs per month and this does not include medical costs yet,” he said.
Everything provided to patients under Hospice Klang is free of charge including the loan of equipment such as hospital beds or wheelchairs.
(Tunku Abdul Rahman University College Chinese Orchestra entertaining guests at the dinner)
“We want people to know that at Hospice Klang, it is not all about dying but it is about living and we want all our patients to live life to the fullest,” he said.
During the dinner, there were also video screenings to show guests how the home visits are conducted.
They also showed guests the progress of the new building’s construction, which was on schedule.
At the new building, they will offer day care and out-patient palliative care services, aimed at helping all patients staying in Klang and the surrounding coastal areas, such as Banting, Morib and Sekinchan.