As the Singapore population ages, many of us will be faced with the prospect of moving a senior family member into a nursing home. In most cases, it becomes an option after having exhausted all other less comprehensive forms of care.
Consequently, it is important to learn everything possible about nursing homes in Singapore so that our elderly loved ones will be provided with the best possible care.
How Do Nursing Homes Work in Singapore?
Nursing homes are long-term residential care facilities where the elderly can receive the highest level of care outside the hospital. They provide medical assistance in the form of medical professionals – like licensed physicians, therapists, and nurses— to oversee treatments, medications, rehabilitation, procedures, and therapies that are often not possible at home.
In addition to that, nursing homes also provide custodial care, which is assisting elderly patients with basic daily activities such as getting in and out of bed, eating, walking, bathing, and dressing.
In Singapore, there are at least two types of nursing homes available: private nursing homes, and those run by Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWO). In 2003, MOH extended subsidies to elders admitted into accredited private nursing homes and Orange Valley has certain branches that are covered under this scheme.
What Services Do Nursing Homes Offer?
Services provided in nursing homes differ from facility to facility. In most cases, they include the following:
- Long-Term Residential Care
- Short-Term / Respite Care
- Dementia Care
- Rehabilitation Services
Who are Nursing Homes For?
If an elderly loved one is suffering from mental conditions like dementia or other psychiatric conditions, a nursing home is a suitable place where they will be under 24-hour dementia care and monitoring. They will also undergo programmes and activities that will help slow down their memory loss.
At the same time, a nursing home is also a place for patients who require rehabilitative care to recover from an injury, stroke, or surgery.
All in all, for elderly patients who are unable to recuperate properly at home, nursing homes can administer a holistic level of care to help them along their recovery journey.
How to Find the Right Nursing Home
As mentioned above, educating yourself about nursing homes gives you greater chances of finding the right fit for your loved one. Here are 3 tips that will ensure that you are well-equipped with the information that you need.
Educate yourself. Online reviews, websites, and anyone who has first-hand experience of a nursing home are some of the resources you can use to help narrow down your options. Doing thorough research can ensure that you can find the right facility for your elderly loved one.
Understand their medical needs. Keep in mind that your loved one may have different health conditions than the others. Therefore, your choice should be the one that specialises in handling their specific condition.
Consider the distance. Last but not least, you should look for a nursing home that is accessible from your home. Choosing one that’s near your area will make it easier for you and your family to visit. As a leading private nursing home in Singapore, Orange Valley Nursing Homes has elderly care facilities in central locations across the country – so that you do not need to worry about choosing a facility that is far from your home.
As the right healthcare facilities ensure that our senior family members can recover properly, it is crucial that we pick the perfect nursing home for our elderly loved ones so that they can continue experiencing a good quality of life.
Get in touch with our care consultants at 6499 4699 or email us at [email protected] to learn more about how we can assist you in caring for your loved ones.