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About Campaignends 30 Nov 2016, 11:59 PM
Madam Patom, 66, suffers from chronic heart failure and diabetes, and had a lower limb amputation four years ago. She lives in a rental flat with her son.
She was first referred by the Agency for Integrated Care to SACH for integrated home healthcare services. It include Case Management, Home Medical, Home Nursing, Home Therapy and Palliative Home Care.
With the setting-up of St. Andrew's Senior Care - JOY Connect at Beach Road, operated by SACH, Madam Patom started attending its Day Care Centre and the nurse there monitored her health regularly. At JOY Connect, Madam Patom actively participates in art and crafts, exercise, cooking and dancing sessions with her friends and neighbours. She also volunteered to mentor new clients at the Centre.
SACH's services in the community are part of the hospital's wide spectrum of care. To bridge the gap for the provision of more eldercare services, SACH introduced the Dementia and Palliative Care programmes in recent years. The Dementia Care Service is a person-centered inpatient dementia care programme, for patients with mild to severe dementia and require rehabilitative care. Palliative Care Service cares for terminally ill patients admitted to SACH by a doctor's referral. It is the first and only inpatient palliative care service in the East.
About the Charity
Out of passion to care for the physical, emotional and social well-being of the community, the St. Andrew's Medical Mission was founded in 1913 by Dr. Charlotte Ferguson-Davie, the wife of the first Anglican Bishop of Singapore who was also a medical doctor herself. Seeing the plight of the local women and children of that time and the lack of medical services for them, Dr. Ferguson-Davie set up a dispensary along Bencoolen Street for the destitute women and children. The Medical Mission continued to meet the locals' needs and thus led to the opening of more dispensaries and eventually, St. Andrew's Mission Hospital in 1923 and St. Andrew's Orthopaedic Hospital in 1939.
Working closely with the Government, SAMH constantly developed its services to meet the relevant needs of our local community at all times. Today, SAMH has under its operation: St. Andrew's Autism Centre, St. Andrew's Community Hospital, St. Andrew's Nursing Home and St. Andrew's Senior Care.