Heart failure is the leading cause of re-hospitalisation in the States1. Closer to heart, Asians are likely to suffer from heart failure 10 years earlier than Westerners in a study of 11 Asian regions inclusive of Singapore. In 2011, there were about 6000 hospitalisation episodes for residents due to heart failure. Heart failure can be a deadly condition with dismal survival rates comparable to most cancers. It is of this interest that the Heart Failure service under the NUH Transitional Care Programme aims to maintain the best quality of life for both patients and their caregivers during this challenging period.
Heart failure patients are often faced with frequent re-hospitalisations due to multiple reasons such as the lack of confidence, knowledge and support on how to perform self-care and identify worsening symptoms.
The National University Heart Centre, Singapore (NUHCS) Heart Failure team works in partnership with our patients and their caregivers to provide continuous clinical and education support in the comfort of their homes.
The healthcare team consists of cardiologists, nurses, medical social workers, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.
- Improve heart failure patient’s confidence and quality of life by providing self-care through education and counseling.
- Help family members and caregivers to be more confident in caring for the patient through education and counseling.
- Provide patients with clinical support in the comfort and privacy of their homes.
- A team of healthcare professionals will call and visit the patient's home for up to three months (maximum 24 home visits).
- Patients will be provided with health assessment, individualised care plan and advice.
Benefits and Advantages
- Provide continued care for post-discharge heart failure patients.
- Empower heart failure patients and caregivers on well-being management in the comfort of their homes and community.
- Ensure smooth transition from NUH to home.
Each home visit may last 30 to 45 minutes.
Contacts and Links
Miss Chloe Loh , Transitional Care
DID: (65) 6772 2645 / Email: email@example.com
Mondays – Fridays: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.
- Desai, 2012. http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/126/4/501.extract.