New home care centre to help the elderly in Ang Mo Kio

Touch Community Services workers helping Mr Tan Ba Bee, who is blind, wash his feet at his home.
Touch Community Services workers helping Mr Tan Ba Bee, who is blind, wash his feet at his home. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A new home care centre was opened officially in Ang Mo Kio on Wednesday (Nov 25) by Touch Community Services (TCS). It is already serving 60 people and, by 2017, will help 270 in their homes.

This is the third such centre to be opened by TCS and it will provide needy residents in the area with medical, nursing and therapy services in their homes.

It will also deliver meals to those who cannot prepare their own, clean up homes, and ferry clients to and from medical appointments.

The new centre began operating in March and serves people living in Ang Mo Kio, Bishan and Sin Ming.

The other two centres are in Toa Payoh and Jurong West. A total of 86 staff across the three centres help about 2,000 elderly people.

The centre in Ang Mo Kio is also piloting the Community Enablement Project in the Cheng San-Seletar ward.

In this pilot, TCS trains caregivers and befrienders with eldercare skills, and make modifications to the community environment such as adding ramps to make life easier for senior citizens in the area.

"We believe that the solutions to the needs of the community are best found in the community... Through the Community Enablement Project, we are adopting an all-hands-on-deck approach to looking after the needs of the elderly," said Mr Eugene Seow, executive director of TCS.

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