Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Elderly Challenge Observation 4

The corridor is too crammed and this will cause some difficulty for the elderly as they walk from one end of the corridor to another.They might trip over the stands of the rack. The front rack is affixed to the wall and so it cannot move and it will then protrude out of the wall and thus injuring the elderly is they hit it.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Elderly Challenge Observation 3

The buttons on the remote are too cramped and the words are too small so anyone with weak eyesight will not be able to read the words and thus press the wrong button. The words need to be bigger and it would be good it the remote said the button being pressed or maybe it could have a word recognizing software where the person can just speak the word and the command word be executed.

Elderly Challenge Observation 2

This drain is deep and an Elderly person can accidentally fall in it and since it is deep, they might not be able to get out of the drain and they might get injured as well.

Elderly Challenge - Observation 1

There is a bump on the floor and so the elderly person can trip and fall over it. Poor eyesight can make the bump more unnoticeable for them.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Holiday Work - Part 3:Tools to be learnt in Semester 2

Here is the room's overview. It is spacious and nothing will get into the way of the Elder Folk.The wardrobes are built into the wall to save space and not pose a threat to the Elderly people. The handles of the wardrobes are made of a special anti-slip material with grooves in it so that the user will have no problems opening the doors.

This air conditioner is placed at best possible place so that the user need not to stretch too much to change so settings of the air conditioner. The signal of the remote can reach the air-conditioner easier.

this television set is large enough for the user so that he/she can use it with comfort with out straining his/her eyes

This bed is low so that even if the user falls over, so that he/she does not get feel much pain and get injured but it is high enough so that the person will have ease in getting out of it.

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

Four key recommendation of the report:

1) Provide a Elderly friendly residence for the elders such as having different housing choices like the size, types, cost and where is it situated so as to offer the elderly people with more option to choose from to meet the needs of their requirement.

2) Have a barrier free community.Examples are providing the elderly people with an environment that will not impede them from traveling or access to some places. This will facilitate the elderly people and thus making their life easier. Making buses more accessible for the elderly by having no steps for wheelchairs and a low floor is also an example. This will not only benefit the seniors, but young parents, children in prams and people with physical disability.

3)Having more affordable healthcare and elderly care services.Top up the Medisave accounts of those who are not well-to-do when there are budget surplus, which means whenever the government have left over from the expenditure of the country development, it will go into the Medisave accounts and this will defray the cost of the healthcare costs.Family physicians also should take care of the elderly people more and look into their matters comprehensively.

4) Active lifestyles and well-being.Promote more programmes and services for the seniors so as to have them significantly contribute to Singapore, their family and the society.Build on family ties to ensure that the elderly people still have their family members as their front line of support.

One way the CAI report recommending to make our public housing more elderly-friendly
It says that HDB should work with market players to offer reverse mortgage schemes for elderly HDB flat lessees at commercial terms, to provide another option for seniors to derive some income from their homes to meet expenditure in old age, without having to move out of their homes.

TWO ways on how we can ensure that the quality of elderly care here in Singapore is affordable
1) The clinics can help them by providing subsidized fees for their services.
2) Give those elder people who do not have a income source a monthly allowance .

THREE things that I can do, as an SST student, to help overcome these elderly challenges
1) I can organize a fund-raising event to raise money for the Elderly.
2) I can design a machine which can allow the elderly person to walk or move across any surface.
3) I can assist a few elderly people with their needs.