Lead by Pr. Jeng-Feng Chiou, the department of Hospice and Palliative Care of Taipei Medical University Hospital and its affiliated ward opened in 2007 August. Since Taipei Medical University as one of the leading medical university in Taiwan, besides advanced anti-cancer treatment at TMUH, we would also focus on Palliative Care during the whole treatment period in order to alleviate the discomfort related to therapy and social, emotional and spiritual supports. Moreover, these physical, social, emotional and spiritual supports would also extend to End-of-Life Care to these patient, as well as their family. Our team incorporates doctors, nurses, social workers, counselors, home-care nurses, onco-psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, and trained volunteers care for patients and their family. Our team embraces and implements to create a patient-centered environment; we regularly hold different patient-family activities during special events, such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, Lunar New Year, Dragon Boat Festival, and so on. We also have a volunteers-based team (most people are cancer survivors and people experienced family death) to provide yoga, gardening, drama, religion fellowship groups, etc. Hospice treats the patient and loved ones together as a whole unit of care and offers bereavement counseling for surviving caregivers after the patient's death.
＊ Managing symptoms and medications
＊ Physician services
＊Nursing care at home
＊ Nutrition counseling
＊Therapies (e.g., physical & occupational therapy, aroma therapy, acupuncture, and etc.)
＊Coordination of care
＊Education on illness-related issues
＊Assistance with resource planning
＊Pastoral care including Christianity, Buddhism, and Taoism.
＊Holistic services – art and music programs, yoga, gardening, etc.
＊Bereavement counseling for significant others and family members
SERVICES & PROGRAMS
Hospice care is one kind of caring philosophy which focuses on relieving chronically, seriously or terminally ill patients’ pain, symptoms, as well as their emotional, spiritual, religion and cultural needs. “Hospice” linguistically derives from the Latin “hospes”, which served double duty in referring both to guests and hosts of the incurably ill permitted into places dedicated to treatment by Crusaders since the rise of the Crusading movement in the 1090s. For centuries thereafter in Roman Catholic tradition, hospices were places of hospitality for the sick, wounded, or dying people, as well as those for travelers and pilgrims.
The modern concept of hospice includes palliative care for the incurably ill given in hospitals or nursing homes, but also to those who would rather spend their last months and days of life in their own homes. Palliative care is specialized medical care to provide multidisciplinary approach for people with life-limiting illnesses. It focuses on providing people with relief from the symptoms, pain, physical stress, and mental stress of the terminal diagnosis, including terminal cancer. The goal of such therapy is to improve quality of life for both the person and their family. Scientific evidence has already proved palliative care would effectively improve quality of life in cancer patients; it also suggests that palliative care could also prolong survival and increase therapeutic effect against certain advanced cancers.