Temasek Foundation Cares - Senior Eye Rehabilitation (SEER)
Pilot programme to develop new care model and build community capability in low vision rehabilitation for older persons
Partners: Agency for Integrated Care, National University Hospital, Singapore National Eye Centre, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Service Providers
Low vision is commonly defined as visual impairment that cannot be corrected by prescriptive glasses or medical intervention, and that hinders daily activities. Currently, there are no standardised or structured programmes for low vision rehabilitation that will help clients transit to community care where they can learn how to cope with low vision and maintain functional abilities at home.
Older persons diagnosed with low vision often retain usable vision and can learn ways to function effectively and safely within their homes and community, with the help of a multidisciplinary team of Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Occupational Therapists and Social Workers.
The Temasek Foundation Cares - SEER programme is a partnership with the Agency for Integrated Care, various hospitals and community service providers to build community capability in low vision rehabilitation by developing a training pedagogy relevant to the Singapore context. The goals are to:
- Develop a structured care model for older persons with low vision and establish proof of concept
- Build community capability in low vision rehabilitation for older persons
The programme is expected to benefit an estimated 2,240 older persons with low vision and train 30 Occupational Therapists in low vision rehabilitation.