Temasek Cares - iPAL (integrated Promoters of Active Living)
Providing cognitive and stimulating activities to the elderly with dementia in their homes and respite for family members.
Partners: Agency for Integrated Care
Photo Credit: Temasek Cares
The number of residents in Singapore aged 65 years and above will increase to 900,000 by the year 2030. There will be more seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia, depression and other mental health conditions. While support services are available at Dementia Day Care Centres, alternative programmes are needed to allow the elderly with mental health conditions to age in place.
The elderly with dementia who remain at home depend on caregivers for support. However, many caregivers do not sufficiently understand the illness and lack the necessary skills to provide optimal care. Caregivers also find it increasingly difficult and stressful to manage as the disease progresses.
The Agency for Integrated Care (“AIC”), Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (“KTPH”) and Temasek Cares have set up a programme, iPAL (integrated Promoters of Active Living), to provide meaningful and stimulating activities to the elderly with dementia in their homes. Such activities help the elderly to maintain their cognitive, physical and mental functions. The visits also provide respite for family members so that they may attend dementia training sessions or participate in support networks.
The dementia team at KTPH provides a structured training curriculum to train care providers in dementia care. They will also provide ongoing support to the care providers when needed. This will significantly increase the capacity of the community to support the growing number of elderly with dementia. The programme aims to serve 200 elderly and their caregivers over 3 years. It will focus initially on families in the Northern regions of Singapore which are part of the Temasek Cares-iCommunity@North programme. If successful, the programme will be extended to more needy families throughout Singapore. This programme is funded under the Balaji Sadasivan Endowment.
Find out more about dementia here:
Understanding dementia by Health Promotion Board
For more information on the Temasek Cares – iPAL, please contact the following service providers:
1. THK Social Service Hub @ Chinatown Point
133 New Bridge Road,
#04-04 Chinatown Point,
Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 6pm
Tel: 6589 0690
2. NTUC Health - Care@home
55 Ubi Ave 1 #08-01
Monday - Friday, 8.30am - 6pm
Tel: 6715 6715
Fax: 6590 4387