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An elderly woman is being helped while walking on the road (TODAY’s photo)
SINGAPORE: To better serve the needs of Singapore’s ageing population, the National Healthcare Group (NHG) will launch the new Institute of Geriatrics and Active Ageing (IGA) on Friday.
The centre, to be housed in Tan Tock Seng Hospital, is a one-stop service centre bringing together different medical specialities to care for the elderly.
The IGA is set up by Tan Tock Seng Hospital’s Division of Integrative and Community Care (DICC) to establish new directions for geriatric care in Singapore.
The institute will also allow healthcare professionals to conduct research.
Focus areas will include clinical, technology, living environment and industrial designs.
This will be targeted at developing innovative care models.
The institute will also work with the three medical schools to improve the prominence of geriatric education.
It will also serve as a platform for medical professionals and elder care providers in the community to share knowledge and exchange ideas on ageing research and education.
Associate Professor Chin Jing Jih, divisional chairman of Integrative and Community Care at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, said: “The population in Singapore is ageing very rapidly and we have set (up) this Institute of Geriatric and Active Ageing primarily to coordinate research and educational efforts so that they can be aligned with the needs of senior citizens in Singapore.
“Through this platform, we also hope to train more healthcare workers to be confident and competent in the care for the elderly.”
by Amanda Lee
SINGAPORE – A pilot initiative at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) has helped to reduce patients’ length of stay at the hospital and the number of days they suffer from a medical condition known as delirium.
The Geriatric Monitoring Unit (GMU), which was started in October 2010, is a specialised five-bed ward set up for the management of elderly hospitalised patients with delirium and difficult-to-control behaviours.
Delirium is a common, serious and potentially reversible condition which affects many elderly admitted to the hospital.
An elderly patient suffering from delirium is at a higher risk of falling, suffering incontinence and developing back ulcers. Hence, these patients require higher level and frequent observation for acute delirium and redirection of behaviour.
The unit aims to treat these patients through “minimal physical and medication restraints, made possible with a programme that enables focused care”, said Dr Chong Mei Sian, Senior Consultant of the Geriatric Medicine Department in TTSH.
A total of nine trained geriatric nurses are deployed in the ward to take care of the patients. Inside, a foldable activity table will be set up during the day for patients to engage in activities such as mahjong sessions.
“Together with a multi-disciplinary team, patients have improved functionality and they recover faster with shorter length of stay,” added Dr Chong.
According to a study conducted between August 2010 and September last year, the average length of stay for patients suffering from delirium reduced from 22 to 17 days.
The number of days patients suffer from the condition have also been shortened to eight days, from 15 days previously.
While no patients staying in the GMU ward need to be physically restrained as yet, the rate of patients needed to be administered with medication has also fallen – from 78.7 per cent of patients previously to 70.2 per cent.
Admissions and discharges are determined by a specialist, based on a set of pre-determined clinical criteria.
Patients who stay in the GMU pay between S$30 and S$150, on top of their hospitalisation fees.
The GMU pilot, which is funded by MOH, has no plans to expand just yet. The hospital intends to compile results from a two-year long study, before deciding further.
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