Friday, 12 January 2018

Two schemes to help more seniors stay out of hospital

Post-discharge care programme Communities of Care has helped 3,000 elderly residents in Chinatown, Tiong Bahru, Bukit Merah, Katong and Telok Blangah stay out of hospital since its launch last April.

Patients with complex medical conditions requiring close monitoring are identified by a care team at Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and receive home visits and calls from them. These patients may also face social issues, such as loneliness, lack of caregiver support and financial difficulties.

The other programme, Neighbours for Active Living, has halved the average number of days of hospitalisation per patient from 2.2 to one over a six-month period and reduced the duration of hospital stays from seven to four days for residents in the eastern part of Singapore, according to Dr Eugene Shum, chief corporate development officer at CGH.

Under the programme, volunteers check on elderly residents and alert the hospital if they spot any health issues. The programme was started by the Eastern Health Alliance and South East Community Development Council.


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