Monday, June 21, 2010

Holiday work - Part 1: Understanding the ‘The Elderly Challenge’

Explain in your own words, the FOUR key recommendations of the report.

1. Housing
To develop Singapore to have houses that are elderly friendly. This would solve the problems for the elderly being dependent on the family and community for housing problems and enable them to live with ease. The home is to be specially designed to meet the needs of the elderly.
2. Accessibility
The accessibility for the elderly once they leave the house as the elderly-friendly house is covered in the first point. This is to enable the elderly who usually have some problems with going out and stuff because they can't go here for what reason. Its like hard for them - Mode of transport for them. With better accessibility, the elderly would find it easier to move around Singapore without any problems with transport.
3. Caring for Seniors
To have more places that the elderly can go to when they're experiencing some troubles with their health and stuff. A place that can help the elderly and so that the quality of their life are maintained like the first and second point mentioned.
4. Opportunities
For the elderly to have a happy lifestyle and so that they can connect with their families and friends with ease. Like community groups and other activities to bond them together to mantain that happiness.

State ONE way that the CAI report is recommending to make our public housing more elderly-friendly
The length of land leases to be shorter so it will facilitate the development of retirement housing by the private sector.

State TWO ways on how we can ensure that the quality of elderly care here in Singapore is affordable
Government could pay half of the elderly’s medical bills like subsidize some of the medical bills for families who have a low monthly income.
The other way is to be trained with the skills to help the elderly by asking those well-trained people to give basic training to the neighbours or like family and friends.

After reading the CAI report, what do you are the THREE things that you can do, as an SST student, to help overcome these elderly challenges

1. Organise some activity with the elderly to strengthen the bond between maybe the family and the elderly.
2. Maybe to go there once in a while and go and have a friendly chat with them for a while so that they wont be lonely and we can build up the relationship with them.
3. Apart from going there to have chat with the elderly, we can also go there to help out like by taking care of the elderly for a while and such.

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