More help at hand for seniors with new tie-up

Mr Seah See Seng receives medical care and help with his household chores, thanks to a collaboration between Home Nursing Foundation and NTUC Eldercare.

Cleaning windows is a daunting task for former construction worker Seah See Seng, 58, who lives alone in his two-room rental flat in Ang Mo Kio.

This is because Mr Seah is paralysed from the waist down - following a work-related accident 20 years ago - and is wheelchair-bound.

He told my paper in Mandarin: "I can clean the house on my own slowly, but the windows are hard to reach and I sometimes leave them uncleaned for a year."

A Home Nursing Foundation (HNF) nurse, who visits him regularly to dress his bed sores, noticed Mr Seah's plight and arranged for him to get housekeeping assistance through NTUC Eldercare last month.

HNF is a Singapore voluntary welfare organisation which provides nursing services to patients in their homes.

Mr Seah, who sells packets of tissue for a living, is among the first senior citizens here to benefit from a collaboration between HNF and NTUC Eldercare.

Yesterday, NTUC Eldercare and HNF inked a memorandum of understanding to refer the elderly in their charge to each other when required, for the next two years.

The signing ceremony was held at the NTUC Eldercare Silver Circle Day Care Centre in Dakota Crescent.

HNF currently reaches out to 1,800 elderly patients in their homes, while NTUC Eldercare provides home-based care to 300 elderly residents.

As part of the services offered, HNF nurses visit patients' homes to give them medical care, while NTUC Eldercare's home-based care service helps elderly residents with housekeeping, preparing meals and doing simple rehabilitation exercises.

HNF also announced that it will set up satellite centres, so that nurses will be able to serve seniors in the community more closely. HNF nurses have been stationed at two NTUC Eldercare centres - in Dakota Crescent and Redhill - in the pilot phase, which began early last month.

HNF chief executive Yim Sau Kit said that, if the pilot is successful, HNF aims to establish satellite centres at all 13 NTUC Eldercare centres islandwide.

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