Help for the elderly fresh out of hospital

Help for the elderly fresh out of hospital
Madam Chia with her son William Lim and Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities senior care associate Daisy Jane Pagaling, 28, who helped her at home for two weeks after she was discharged.

SINGAPORE - Trained carers are to be stationed at elderly patients' homes for up to 24 hours a day under a new hospital scheme.

The aim is to provide temporary help for those who have been discharged but have nobody available to look after them.

Carers will help them move around the house, shower and feed themselves and take any medicine promptly.

The service is designed to give families a couple of weeks of breathing space while they arrange for longer-term care for their loved ones.

It will be officially launched next month by Changi General Hospital. Chief operating officer Peter Tay said: "Older folk always want to go home.

"But sometimes, caregiver arrangements, like hiring a maid, cannot be done by the time they are discharged."

Madam Chia Choo Tey, 77, found herself in this situation last month after she took a tumble and ended up in hospital.

With her children working full time, it was a struggle to find someone to take care of her once she returned home.

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