Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Elderly Challenge- Observation 4

I think the taxi stands should have seats as sometimes the peak hours people have to wait quite long at the taxi stand, so providing seats for elderly or maybe letting them have a priority queue so that they don't need to stand too long at peak hours. The seats provided is so that they don't need to stand too long. Some elderly may have leg problems and cannot take too long a wait just for a taxi.

Google Sketch-up.

The TV was downloaded but overall, the bed has a button next to it so that the elderly can alert their family of helpers at home that they need help, like getting off bed to the wheelchair. the cupboard has pretty low handles so that elderly that need wheelchairs can open them. the hook next to the cupboard is a hanger hook so that they can reach their clothes easily. there is also a dressing table. the room has bright colours as they can help to brighten the room and hopefully the elderly's mood. :)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Elderly Challenge- Observation 3

I noticed there are very few toilets in very big shopping areas and parks like sentosa and esplanade as they are quite far from the food areas and the signboards pointing to them are small and hard to find. The elderly may need to walk very far to go to the toilet and they maybe very urgent. We youngsters can run, but they can't. Thus i think they should provide more toilets and bigger signboards in the shopping centers so they are easier to find.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Elderly Challenge- Observation 2

I noticed there are usually only one handicap toilet cubicle, so if its occupied other elderly wich leg problems or use the walking stick have to use the normal cubicle, which has no handle bar for them to hold on to when they need to stand up, so they would have some difficulty. The government should provide the usual cubicles with handle bars so that elderly have support to stand up, especially for squatting toilets.

Elderly Challenge- Observation 1

I see that some of the elderly go to the wet markets to buy their groceries every morning or every weekend. The floor of the market is very wet and slippery, because it is an enclosed area and the stalls all need to wash their goods or to clean the floor, especially for fish mongers as they need to keep their fish fresh. They use ice, which melts very quickly as the place is not air-conditioned and many people touch the ice while picking fish. The floor ends up very wet and slippery, because the shoes the elderly wear are quite old, and are losing friction/grip. Thus it is easier for them to fall, as their bones are not as good and working compared to ours, we can walk in ease, but they can easily fall and hurt themselves.

Holiday work part 1- understanding the Elderly population.

  • Explain in your own words, the FOUR key recommendations of the report.
The first key recommendation is the housing of the elderly. Singapore wants the elderly to live as part of the community and thus are going to have a comprehensive range of housing options available in order to meet the needs of the elderly.This is also complemented by good care services.
The second key is the accessibility for the seniors. Singapore wants to be able to allow the elderly to be able to interact with the wider community and lead they own healthy and active lifestyle.The flats and buildings have transport systems that are easy to follow in order to get the elderly to their destined locations.
The third key is caring for the seniors.In order to maintain the dignity and quality of the elderly's lives, eldercare and healthcare services are easily found around Singapore, these services are efficient and cost-effective, and it is easly located so that the elderly can find it easily.
The final key is opportunities for the seniors. There would be fulfillment of relationships for the elderly and their friends, family and the community. They would take part in community activities where both the young and old take part in, so that they would nurture positive attitudes towards aging and seniors.
  • State ONE way that the CAI report is recommending to make our public housing more elderly-friendly
The Housing Development Board upgrades the sold flats to non-slip tiles and grab-bars in the toilets to prevent the elderly from falling or slipping on the wet floor when they are using the bathroom.
  • State TWO ways on how we can ensure that the quality of elderly care here in Singapore is affordable
The Government should set up a Caregiver Centre to support families in care-giving through provision of information resources and programmes.
The Government should partner the private and people sector to study and develop the range of community-based nursing services and personal care services, to enhance the range of services available int the community to allow "aging-in-place".
  • 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
I could gather some of my friends to arrange some activities that we could do with the elderly like playing games or helping out with their daily needs, so that we can interact with the elderly, especially those who live alone, so that they would not feel so lonely.

I could visit the elderly at the old folks' home and teach them some of the cool IT stuff that we learn in school, I could also talk to them, keep them occupied and less bored so that I could create some valuable bonds with the elderly and we could communicate better.

I could present a design of a commonly used furniture at home and make it easy to use so that those seniors with different difficulties would not have much problems in completing these common tasks.