Adding Life To Days

Palliative care is specialised medical care for individuals living with life-limiting conditions. Older adults who receive palliative care in nursing homes experience less intensive treatments, improved symptoms management and a better quality of life.

For the 21st instalment of our Wellness series, Dr Andy Lee and Chong Yan Chew, from the Methodist Welfare Services, joins our Nurse Clinician, Erica Wu, to address common misconceptions of palliative care, the importance of advance care planning and benefits of an effective palliative care approach for older adults to age in place.

Dr Andy Lee is a Principal Resident Physician with the MWS Home Care and Home Hospice team, a service operated by Methodist Welfare Services. He graduated from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and holds post graduate qualifications, including a Master of Science in Palliative Care from King’s College London and graduate diplomas in both family and palliative medicine. Dr Lee is an accredited family physician and has focused his work on caring for patients in the community and helped implement the palliative care approach in MWS Nursing Homes.

Ms Chong Yan Chew is an Assistant Nurse Clinician with the MWS Home Care and Home Hospice team. She is a registered nurse and graduated from the School of Health Sciences, Nanyang Polytechnic. She has a Bachelor of Science (Nursing) from Curtin University and other postgraduate qualifications, including Advanced Diploma in Nursing (Medical-Surgical) from Nanyang Polytechnic and Specialist Diploma in Palliative Care Nursing from Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

At Allium Care Suites, the MWS Home Care and Home Hospice team works in conjunction with our interdisciplinary team to support residents by providing regular rounds and after-hours teleconsultation and physical visits.

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