New lifting hoist to allow more therapy sessions at nursing home

Rehab client Mr Chang Phan Yong, 41, moving around with the help of the ceiling patient hoist at The Salvation Army Peacehaven Nursing Home.
Rehab client Mr Chang Phan Yong, 41, moving around with the help of the ceiling patient hoist at The Salvation Army Peacehaven Nursing Home. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

SINGAPORE - Residents at The Salvation Army Peacehaven Nursing Home are set to be given a lift thanks to a new hoist that will assist them in rehabilitation and exercise sessions.

It was installed on the first floor of the nursing home with help from a $10,000 donation from Nippon Paint Singapore. The installation was completed on Wednesday (Dec 16).

The hoist is expected to assist mobility-challenged residents in up to 1,200 sessions of therapy each year, and improve the safety of active rehabilitation exercises.

About half of the residents require assistance from caregivers and the aid of a walking frame to move around.

The hoist is used in some hospitals and can support a patient's weight, allowing them to train their muscles even if they are not strong enough to stand on their own.

With the new hoist, each therapy session will require assistance from one staff member instead of two previously, allowing more such sessions to be scheduled.

"Clients will have the opportunity of walking and maintaining their sense of self-worth instead of being on a wheelchair," said Madam Low Mui Lang, executive director of the nursing home.

Ms Kitty Tan, marketing manager at Nippon Paint Singapore, added:"We hope that by empowering (the elderly) with the convenience to exercise and increase their mobility, it will encourage them to take charge of their health and well-being."

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