My hospital, my home

For 18 years, home for Mr Victor Seah was the hospital wards of the Institute of Mental Health (IMH). But he was assessed to be ready to integrate into community, as part of an IMH initiative to help suitable long-stayers regain independence.
Mr Victor Seah spent 16 years in IMH's regular wards before being moved to Ward 53A, where he was allowed to leave the hospital to go to church and visit his sister. He now lives in live in the Anglican Care Centre (Hougang) and has a half-day job.
Mr Victor Seah spent 16 years in IMH's regular wards before being moved to Ward 53A, where he was allowed to leave the hospital to go to church and visit his sister. He now lives in live in the Anglican Care Centre (Hougang) and has a half-day job.ST PHOTO: KHALID BABA

For 16 years, home for Mr Victor Seah was the regular hospital wards of the Institute of Mental Health (IMH).

He changed wards four times, but could not remember much of each stay. His bed was clustered among 10 others in a section and the days blurred one into another.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 29, 2018, with the headline 'My hospital, my home'. Print Edition | Subscribe