Innovative community-based programme to help frail elderly age-in-place
Partners: Agency for Integrated Care, Kampung Senang
Low income seniors who are frail or have disabilities rely on manual wheelchairs for daily activities, but may find it both inconvenient and costly to repair or replace their damaged wheelchairs.
The WHEELS pilot programme trains active seniors to undertake wheelchair servicing for low income seniors who are reliant on their wheelchairs to move around. Regular servicing extends the lifespan of the wheelchairs and ensures that they are safe for daily usage. If the wheelchairs are beyond repair, the programme also provides second-hand replacement wheelchairs for these low income seniors.
Thirty seniors will be recruited by five Senior Activity Centres located in Tampines and Bedok to provide manual wheelchair servicing and basic repair services. These seniors will complete six hours of theory lessons on top of supervised practical sessions provided by Kampung Senang. The training includes understanding the wheelchair components, maintenance, inspection and safety evaluation.
The five SACs on board this programme are managed by Sunlove Home, Chee Hoon Kog Moral Promotion Society, Lions Befrienders and Thye Hua Kwan Bedok Radiance.
About 600 seniors are expected to benefit from the three-year pilot programme.