Hospice and palliative care is for all. Everyone, whether s/he is rich or poor, old or young, has the right to access quality hospice care service when his or her life comes to the last stage and to leave the world in dignity and comfort. As the first organization in Hong Kong that promotes hospice and palliative care in the last 31 years, the Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care (SPHC) has been working hard to raise concerns to the physical, psycho-social and spiritual needs of terminal patients and their family caregivers through various advocacy work.
Through education, we aim to enhance public awareness on the importance of end-of-life care, advance care planning and issues surrounding life and death. Through counseling service, we provide psycho-social support to patients and their families, and offer timely bereavement care to the bereaved, enabling them to cope with their loss and grief. Through training, we enhance practices of healthcare professionals, empower and equip the current and future workforce in the hospice and palliative field as the community faces the irreversible trend of an ageing population and with chronic diseases on the rise.
In addition to enabling patients with life-limiting illnesses to stay in comfort and reduced pain, relieving family caregivers from burdens and stress is also another core aspect of our work. Based on our previous experience, we strongly believe that the provision of family-oriented hospice care is crucial for both the patients and family caregivers. Special thanks to the HKSAR Government and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust respectively for granting us a piece of land and funding construction, the Jockey Club Home for Hospice has commenced operation in late 2016. An interdisciplinary team of medical and healthcare professionals including palliative doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, social workers and counsellors joins efforts in providing holistic and individualized compassionate hospice and palliative care to terminal patients in a homely setting.
As the new Chairman of the Executive Committee, I can certainly feel the weight of this responsibility. My heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Raymond Wong, the former Chairman, for his outstanding leadership and remarkable contribution to the Society and his efforts on advocating a family-centric hospice. I wish to also thank the Executive Committee, members, donors, volunteers, and all the dedicated staff for their encouragement and support. Last but certainly not the least, I invite all of our donors, supporting and partnering organizations, and volunteers to continue supporting us and guiding us along the way to realize our mission “when days cannot be added to life, add life to days”.