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A Video by National Geographic on Animal therapy

A video by National Geographic on animal therapy & Llamas in residential aged care:D

At this nursing home, animals—including llamas—are sometimes able to bring the residents out of their shells in ways that previously seemed impossible.

 

Singapore Member of Parliament speaks up on alternatives to Nursing Homes

It’s good to see that even members of parliament are getting involved in the conversation of improving the care of people with dementia in Singapore. MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC Dr Chia Shi-Lu spoke up in Parliament citing that new models need to be explored especially for people with caregivers. Dr Chia also recommended that partnerships with foreign institutions and industries should be carried out.

Read more about the straits times article below.

Traditional nursing homes may be excessive for some residents, while studies have shown that restoring the autonomy of the residents has many positive effects on their well-being, says the MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC in Parliament.

Source: More alternatives to nursing homes needed: Dr Chia Shi-Lu – Channel NewsAsia

Singapore nursing homes, our story of the wooden bowl?

“It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.”
– Hubert H. Humphrey

Appears that single bedrooms for people with dementia in nursing homes are considered a luxury in Singapore.

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This is a brilliant article by Dr Philip Yap and Dr Gerald Koh, and Singapore needs a serious conversation about how we can respectfully treat our elders with dignity.

Srtaitstimes

How do want to care for our loved ones when they grow older? Singaporeans echo the fact that nursing homes are restrictive, institutionalised and lack personal care (Wee et al. 2015). Do we really want anyone we love to live the last years of their life an acute like facility, watching their neighbours beside them cognitively regress as a result of the tension and depression of the unfamiliar, undignified, and restrictive environment? What sort of morals and values will our children inherit when they are exposed to ideas that privacy, dignity, independence and quality of life is deemed a luxury for our elders living with a terminal condition? Are nursing homes, Singapore’s very own wooden bowl?

We need to do more to become a more inclusive Singapore.


 

Here’s some additional information about dementia.

Did you know?

Dementia is a terminal condition with no cure (World Health Organisation 2015).

“People with dementia are frequently denied the basic rights and freedoms available to others. In many countries, physical and chemical restraints are used extensively in care facilities for elderly people and in acute-care settings, even when regulations are in place to uphold the rights of people to freedom and choice.

An appropriate and supportive legislative environment based on internationally accepted human rights standards is required to ensure the highest quality of service provision to people with dementia and their caregivers.” (Source: WHO 2015)

Reference:

Wee, S.-L. et al., 2015. Singaporeans’ perceptions of and attitudes toward long-term care services. Qualitative health research, 25(2), pp.218–27.