The Hospice Klang now has its own centre in Taman Sri Andalas, Klang, to provide palliative care to poor patients.
Hospice Klang director Matron Phylis Rani Singam said it took the organisation 10 years to raise the money for the building.
“It is a proud moment for us and more importantly, the centre reflects our commitment to Klang residents and show our donors their contributions have been put to good use,” she said.
The organisation bought the single-storey corner lot and renovated it into a one-and-a-half-storey care centre for RM300,000.
The centre will have its opening ceremony today.
Matron Phylis said the centre would be a place for its patients to rest, obtain medical attention and undergo therapy.
It will also be a supporting centre where the caregivers can learn the correct massage techniques to ease the pain of loved ones.
“Our doctors will be here from 9am to noon on Saturdays starting next month. Patients can come in, have breakfast here and see the doctor.
“We will also have trained volunteers to massage patients and put them through light exercises,” said Matron Phylis.
She added that the day care centre provided a change of environment to reduce the crippling feelings of isolation and boredom felt by patients and their caregivers.
The retired nurse said Hospice Klang planned to have many activities for the patients and caregivers.
However, the centre would continue with its home care programme under which experienced nurses and volunteers visit homes of sick patients.
“Our doctors also visit selected patients. Our role is to provide relief and support for patients who no longer respond to treatment,” said Matron Phylis.
The service is provided free, including loan of medical equipment. When possible and where necessary, Hospice Klang will also supply diapers, catheters, gloves and medication.
Matron Phylis said patients accepted by Hospice Klang were referred by the family doctor or specialist. A referral is necessary to ensure all medical information is made available to Hospice Klang.
Matron Phylis urged the public to support the organisation by becoming volunteers and donors.
Volunteers can help in administrative office work or assist in fund-raising and publicity events. With some training, volunteers can also be involved in activities related to patient-care.
Matron Phylis said the construction of the centre had nearly exhausted the funds.
“We need about RM12,000 a month for operating expenditure. Donors will be given tax-exempt receipts,” she said.
She added that donors could also sponsor rooms at the centre.
Each room costs between RM20,000 and RM30,000. The rooms will be named after the donor or corporation.
For more information, call Hospice Klang at 03-3324 2125 or fax 03-3324 3125.