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New course by Hua Mei to teach participants how to run and set up home care teams

Published on May 21, 2014 8:23 PM

SINGAPORE - Medical institutions can learn how to run more sustainable home care services, thanks to a new course started by one of Singapore's home care pioneers Hua Mei Centre for Successful Ageing (HMCSA), a Tsao Foundation initiative.

Previously, training was more skills-based,, but the new course has a broader scope and teaches medical staff how to run and set up home-based primary care, said Dr Ng Wai Chong, the centre's Medical Director, who came up with the course.

Singapore is encouraging home care for seniors, so that they can age comfortably in familiar environments. Home care also plays a part in easing the hospital bed crunch.

But it is not a one-man task - it usually involves a team of doctors, nurses and social workers looking after a patient's medical and psychosocial needs.

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