SINGAPORE: A home care service by the Agency for Integrated Care for needy seniors may soon be rolled out to eight locations in Singapore after some initial success from a three-year pilot.
The initiative, funded by Temasek Cares – Care Close to Home, kicked off in Ang Mo Kio and Kreta Ayer in October 2014, and has since seen its client base double.
The programme offers free services to low-income senior citizens living in one- to two-room rental flats with little or no caregiver support. The seniors will be supported by a care team comprising of a case manager, a social work assistant and a healthcare aide housed at a seniors’ activity centre (SAC) that is in the vicinity of their clients’ residence.
For instance, a healthcare aide visits Mdm Theresa Anthony at her home in Ang Mo Kio every week to prepare meals for her and remind her to take her medication. The 54-year old suffers from multiple health conditions, including Lupus, heart problems and arthritis. As her daughter works full time, Mdm Anthony has had to skip many of her hospital appointments due to her limited mobility. Since coming under the pilot home care service, Mdm Anthony says her life has changed for the better.
Mdm Theresa Anthony is cared for by a healthcare aide at her home.
(Photo: Sara Grosse)
The Agency for Integrated Care said what makes this pilot unique is that the care services are located closer to the homes of senior residents, unlike other care models where the services are remotely based. This makes it easier for the home care team to provide immediate assistance when needed.
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