First volunteer-run community care healthcare team helps more than 200 at-risk residents in 7 months
When it comes to healthcare, it is not just doctors and nurses who play an important role. The community, too, can lend a hand in reaching out to at-risk residents in their neighbourhoods.
This is the aim of a pioneering project called Neighbours for Active Living, spearheaded by the South East Community Development Council (SE CDC).
Under the project, which started in July 2013, about 50 neighbourhood volunteers were recruited by SE CDC and trained by health system company Eastern Health Alliance (EH Alliance).
These volunteers aim to help at-risk residents - typically elderly patients suffering from multiple illnesses - in reducing the chances of them suffering from relapses and health complications during house visits.