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Hospice Caregivers Training Workshop

Venue :   Kasih Hospice Care Centre, Section 14, Petaling Jaya

Date     :  October 2 and 3 , 2010

Time     :  2.00 pm to 5.00 pm



It is fortuitous for Kasih Hospice Care Centre to secure the presence of Nurse Esther Ong from the Singapore Cancer Society to conduct two half-day Hospice Caregivers Training Workshop  as a measure to equip the volunteers with basic caregivers knowledge and skill when dealing with home based terminally ill patients.

Nurse Esther has more than 7 years of experience ; and was assisted by Nurse Irene Ong of Kasih Hospice Care during the workshop which is conducted with a hands on approach instead of theory based.


There were more than 30 participants in the 1st workshop who are volunteers with Kasih Hospice Care , Petaling Jaya. Many of the participants have had long experiences in hospice volunteering especially in monthly visitations to Kuala Lumpur General Hospital, Selayang Hospital, Sungai Buloh Aids wards.

The workshop is timely for those who are already going on the homecare visit and those who are planning to commence with the homecare visitations as the knowledge and skill acquired would be useful to the volunteers themselves as well as sharing with the home caregivers and the patients concerned.


The contents and approach of the workshop are practical , hands-on and has immediate application usefulness.

Amongst the practical topics covered are :

  1. Hand washing techniques under the infection control module. This is to prevent the occurrence of infection transmission between the caregivers and the patients;
  2. Feeding and nutrition covers the type of foods such as milk, fruit juice which are nutritious, easily digestible, food texture such as in liquid or semi liquid form, method of administration such as the use of straws or stringes.
  3. Personal hygiene such as oral care , bed bathing  , hair washing techniques are particularly useful for bed ridden patients to feel clean.
  4. Communication with patients which includes both verbal and non-verbal. For patients at end stage of terminally ill diseases, non-verbal communication plays an important role and it can be done through massage, touch, facial expressions. Verbal communication must be genuine.

Parting Words

Although the main objective of the caregiver’s task is to provide physical comfort to the patients at their last lap of this earthly existence, “Just being present” will touch the patients’ hearts the most .