Home care programme will help visually impaired elderly

SINGAPORE - A home care programme has been announced by the Singapore Association for the Visually Handicap (SAVH) to provide occupational therapy and counselling to the elderly who are visually impaired.

The programme will be launched later this month.

President Tony Tan, who visited the SAVH on Monday, said that the programme will also help care givers of the visually impaired elderly.

More details are available in the press release below:

President Tony Tan Keng Yam visited the Singapore Association for the Visually Handicap (SAVH) this afternoon. President Tony Tan was briefed on SAVH's operations and programmes in providing assistance, counseling and skills training for the visually impaired.

After the briefing, President Tan toured the SAVH facilities where training for the visually impaired were conducted such as the Touch Art Studio, the Computer Room, the Braille Production Unit, the Dining in the Dark lounge among others.

He also met with SAVH volunteers including Mdm Kathy Lim Heng Peng, who have been volunteering her time and services at the SAVH since 1996, to teach the visually impaired in touch art.

President Tony Tan said: "The visually impaired among us can lead independent lives if we help them build up the confidence and gain the skills to do so. The SAVH has been serving the visually handicapped in our society for more than six decades.

"I am very impressed by range of services and programmes initiated by the SAVH to promote the welfare of the visually handicapped in Singapore and help them integrate into our society.

"Most of all, I am heartened to meet the many individuals who are giving their time and expertise to volunteer and serve at SAVH. SAVH will be launching later this month a Home Care Programme to provide occupational therapy and counseling services to elderly home-bound visually handicapped clients and their care givers.

"I hope that more VWOs will also look into enhancing their services to meet new and emerging needs of our aging population."