In December 1990, the Hospice Foundation of Taiwan (HFT) was jointly founded by MacKay Memorial Hospital and Shuang-Lien Presbyterian Church. The founders of HFT were determined to establish an organization that could assist terminally ill patients, both within the medical profession and the general public. HFT became the first foundation to promote hospice and death education.
The Hospice Foundation of Taiwan has been committed to helping terminal patients receive appropriate medical treatment and attention for over three decades. We are dedicated to improving hospice care and providing life education for patients and their families. Through various hospice promotional activities, we have assisted hospitals in establishing hospice and palliative care wards. Additionally, we have promoted the Hospice Palliative Care Act and the Patient Right to Autonomy Act, making Taiwan the first country in Asia to legislate for the protection and respect of natural death.
In recent years, due to the aging society, the Foundation has adapted its priorities to focus on introducing hospice care to long-term care institutions. We hope and believe that everyone can preserve their dignity and comfort, regardless of whether they are situated in hospitals, homes, or long-term care institutions.
The affairs of HFT include a wide range of activities such as promotional events, education, and training, legislation initiatives, collaboration with contracted hospitals, publication of materials, international relations, medical subsidization, academic curriculum development, and maintaining a database, among others.
Regarding international relations, HFT arranges study tours for clinical professionals to various locations, forging and advancing international friendships over the years. We also assist visiting hospice professionals from abroad in arranging ward visits and accessing short-term placements in Taiwan. As a founding member of the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Network (APHN), HFT is recognized as the representative foundation of Taiwan in the region.
This information was provided by Hospice Foundation of Taiwan.
About our Member Spotlight Series
Introducing our Member Spotlight Series, where we shine a light on the incredible work and impact of our member organisations in the field of palliative care. Each installment of this series is dedicated to showcasing the exceptional efforts of one organisation, highlighting their dedication to improving the lives of individuals facing serious illnesses and their families.
Each spotlighted organisation shares a common mission: to enhance quality of life, alleviate suffering, and provide comfort to patients and their loved ones during one of life’s most vulnerable periods. From pioneering advancements in pain management and symptom control to addressing psychosocial needs and spiritual support, our members are at the forefront of shaping the future of palliative care.
Through this series, we not only honor the dedication and expertise of our member organisations but also aim to raise awareness about the importance of palliative care. By highlighting the invaluable contributions of these institutions, we hope to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation for the specialised care and support they provide to individuals facing serious illnesses.