Nor Asmida, a mother of a four-year old child, recalls how life was normal for her before fate intervened and left her bedridden. Nor Asmida, a patient under Yayasan Orang Kurang Upaya Kelantan’s (YOKUK) homecare programme suffers from Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, a chronic inflammatory condition caused by an autoimmune disease when the body’s tissues are attacked by its own immune system.
Palliative care is relatively new in Malaysia with less than 10 palliative care physicians in the country while specialised palliative care offered by hospice organisations are mostly available only in major cities.
Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness.
The care system is achieved through prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and even spiritual, sometimes.