Seniors to Benefit from Scaling up of Wellness Schemes

    The Ministry of Health is going to expand and merge various healthcare clusters and programmes that will hugely benefit elderly people who need out-of-hospital care.

    BankBazaar Singapore – January 10, 2018

    Singapore: With the decision of the Singapore government to expand various health programmes, more elderly patients will benefit from home care. One of the schemes that is beneficial for the elderly people will be scaled up from the present base of 3,000 patients to 5,000 by December 2018.

    One more programme where trained volunteers check on elderly patients residing close to them in 18 neighbourhoods has been expanded to cover more areas.

    According to Amy Khor, the Senior Minister of State for Health, this has been done following the merger of Eastern Health Alliance and SingHealth healthcare clusters. With this move, hospitals like Changi General Hospital (CGH) and Singapore General Hospital (SGH) will come under one group. The two schemes that are all set to be expanded are witnessing positive results.

    The merger of the two healthcare clusters is part of a bigger reorganising of Singapore’s six local health systems into three clusters. This reorganising is expected to be finished in a couple of months from now. The various groups that are expected to merge are Alexandra Health System and National Healthcare Group (NHG), and Jurong Health Services and National University Health System.

    The new entities are expected to gain the collective strengths of original clusters. This will help in scaling up services in the expanded cluster, so people staying in a broader area can get the benefits.

    The Communities of Care programme, which was launched in April 2017, helps patients after discharge from the hospital. It has already helped 3,000 elderly residents in the localities of Tiong Bahru, Chinatown, Katong, Bukit Merah and Telok Blangah avoid hospital visits. The patients require close monitoring as they normally have complex medical conditions. They are also likely to face issues like lack of caregiver support, loneliness and financial difficulties.

    As part of the Communities of Care programme, the care team visit elderly patients at their homes. People involved in the programme also work with social organisations like Tsao Foundation, NTUC Health and Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities to develop a care plan for all patients. The plan include support services like psychosocial support, home and daycare, interim caregiving, financial assistance and meals-on-wheels.

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