A block full of elderly residents

A block full of elderly residents

Block 47 at Owen Road is unlike any other block nearby.

While most of the blocks around it consist of three-room to five-room flats, Block 47 consists only of one-room rental flats.

Residents in the block are mostly older folk, many of whom have mobility issues, said Mr Chan of the Chong Hua Tong SAC.

That also means residents have to take care of one another, as most live alone in their one-room flat, he said.

When The New Paper visited the block on Thursday, we saw several instances of such community spirit.

Elderly residents helped each other move around - those who could walk helped push around those in wheelchairs.

Others would buy food for neighbours who found it difficult to leave their flats because of injuries or sickness.

A resident in her 40s, one of the younger ones living in Block 47, was seen making her daily rounds reminding her neighbours to take their medicine.

Madam Ong, 77, who wanted to be known only by her surname, recently suffered from fever and a sore throat. The doctor had instructed her to take her pills thrice daily.

And three times every day, the woman would knock on Madam Ong's door shouting: "Have you eaten your medicine yet?"

When approached, the woman did not want to be interviewed but allowed us to follow her around the block.

"We all live under the same roof, it's only right we look after one another," said Madam Ong.

Mr Goh, who lives three units away from Madam Lakshmi, said he would often visit her to help fix various things in her house, like her television.

He said in Mandarin: "The people here are all so old and frail, they need to rely on others all the time."


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