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         Practical Pointers for Caring for the Sick at Home

 

All the passages below are taken from the book “Wish I Knew! Caring for the Sick at Home” by Susie Kong and Tisa Ng. It was published in 2004.

 

1. Tube Feeding

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Tips on Feeding Tubes

 

 

 

 

Tips on Aspiration

 

 

 

 

Common Problems

 

 

 

Feeding

 

 

Care of Tubes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Catheters

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Tips on Catheters

 

 

 

 

 

 

Types of Catheters

 

 

 

Urine Bags

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faecal Incontinence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Bedsores

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Changing Bedsheets

 

Tips

 

 

 

 

4. Safety Precautions

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Tips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Caring for Caregivers

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Tips

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Death and Dying

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Tips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resources

 

Home Nursing Services

These organisations provide nursing services to homebound elderly. Most patients would have been referred to one of them on discharge from hospital. Services are provided mainly by voluntary welfare organisations and patients can apply for subsidies from the Government based on their family income levels. We have also included a few private providers and hospitals.

 

Alexandra Hospital Home Nursing Centre                             64792468

378 Alexandra Road

Alexandra Hospital S(159964)

 

Ang Mo Kio Home Nursing Centre                                       64506293

17 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9 #02-01

Ang Mo Kio Community Hospital S(569766)

 

Ang Mo Kio Hospital Home Care Services                            64506273

17 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9 #02-01

Ang Mo Kio Community Hospital S(569766)

 

Bedok Home Nursing Centre                                                 62412195

Blk 212 Bedok North Street 1 #03-147

Bedok Polyclinic S(450212)

 

Bukit Batok Home Nursing Centre                                        64251879

50 Bukit Batok West Avenue 3

Bukit Batok Polyclinic S(659164)

 

Care for the Elderly Foundation                                             67417444

461 Sims Avenue S(387541)

 

Changi General Hospital Home Nursing Centre                    68501740

2 Simei Street 3 Changi General Hospital S(529889)

 

Geylang Home Nursing Centre                                              67457285

21 Geylang East Central S(389707)

 

Grace Home Care Services                                                     62265307

Blk 1 Tanjong Pagar Plaza #03-50 S(082001)

 

Home Nursing Foundation                                                     62525677

93 Toa Payoh Central

Toa Payoh Central Community Club

#07-01 S(319194)

 

Hougang Home Nursing Centre                                             63871230

89 Hougang Avenue 4 S(538829)     

 

Institute of Health Home Nursing Centre                              63274717

3 Second Hospital Avenue S(168937)          

 

Jurong Home Nursing Centre                                                 65609902

190 Jurong East Avenue 1 #03-00     

Jurong Polyclinic S(609788)  

 

NUH Home Nursing Centre                                                   67725535

5 Lower Kent Ridge Road    

National University Hospital S(119074)       

 

Ren Ci Domiciliary Care                                                         63580777

50 Jalan Tan Tock Seng S(308438)   

 

Singapore General Hospital Home Nursing Centre                63265291

Singapore General Hospital Outram Road S(169608)          

 

St Luke's Community Care for the Elderly                            65632281

2 Bukit Batok Street 11 S(659674)   

 

Tan Tock Seng Hospital Home Nursing Centre                     62511586

11 Jalan Tan Tock Seng         

Tan Tock Seng Hospital S(308433)   

 

Toa Payoh Home Nursing Centre                                           62525677

93 Toa Payoh Central S(319194)       

 

TOUCH Community Services (TOUCH Home Care)           62586797

Blk 173 Toa Payoh Lorong 1 #01-1264 S(310173)   

 

Tsao Foundation (Hua Mei Mobile Clinic)                             64716007

378 Alexandra Road #02-01/03        

Community Services Complex          

Alexandra Hospital S(159964)          

 

Woodlands Home Nursing Centre                                         63670812

10 Woodlands Street 31 S(738579)  

 

 

Private Providers         

Econ Home Care Services                                                      64478788

20 Jalan Afifi #06-02  62554333

CISCO Centre S(409179)     

 

SharYim Health Services Pte Ltd                                           62554333

1013 Braddell Hill #25-06 S(579721)           

 

Sister Choy Health Services                                                   63388811

35 Selegie Rd #09-26 67321555

Parklane Shopping Mall S(188307)   

 

Sue Private Nurses Agency                                                    67321555

304 Orchard Rd #04-06         

Lucky Plaza S(238863)          

 

 

Hospices    

Assisi Home Lt Hospice                                                         63476446

820 Thomson Road    

Mount Alvernia Hospital S(574623) 

 

Bright Vision Hospital                                                            62485755

5 Lorong Napiri S(547530)    

 

Dover Park Hospice                                                                63566417

10 Jalan Tan Tock Seng S(308436)   

 

Hospice Care Association                                                       62512561

12 Jalan Tan Tock Seng S(308437)   

 

Methodist Hospice Fellowship                                               64784712

70 Barker Road #05-01 S(309936)    

 

Metta Hospice Care                                                                67872212

Blk 296 Tampines Street 22 #01-526 S(520296)       

 

Singapore Cancer Society Home Hospice Care                      62219578       

15 Enggor Street #04-01/04   

Realty Centre S(07971 6)      

 

St Joseph's Home Ft Hospice                                                 62680482

921 Jurong Road S(649694)  

 

Hospitals   

Adam Road Hospital                                                              64667777

19 Adam Road S(289891)     

 

Alexandra Hospital                                                                 64722000

378 Alexandra Road S(159964)        

 

Ang Mo Kio Community Hospital                                         64538033

17 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9 #02-01 S(569766)           

 

Changi General Hospital                                                         67888833

2 Simei Street 3 S(529889)    

 

East Shore Hospital                                                                63447588

321 Joo Chiat Place S(427990)          

 

Gleneagles Hospital                                                                64737222

6A Napier Road S(258500)   

 

KK Women's and Children's Hospital                                    62934044

100 Bukit Timah Road S(229899)     

 

Mount Alvernia Hospital                                                        63476688

820 Thomson Road S(574623)          

 

Mount Elizabeth Hospital                                                       67372666

3 Mount Elizabeth S(258510)     

 

National Cancer Centre                                                          64368000

11 Hospital Drive S(169610)   

 

National Heart Centre                                                             64367800

17 Third Hospital Avenue S(168752)   

 

National Neuroscience Institute                                             62564755

11 Jalan Tan Tock Seng S(308433)   

 

National University Hospital                                                  67795555

5 Lower Kent Ridge Road S(119074)          

 

Raffles Hospital                                                                      63111111

585 North Bridge Road S(188770)   

 

Ren Ci Hospital Et Medicare Centre                                      63580777

50 Jalan Tan Tock Seng S(308438)   

 

Singapore General Hospital                                                    62223322

Singapore General Hospital Outram Road S(169608)          

 

St Andrew's Community Hospital                                          62419956

1 Elliot Road S(458686)        

 

St Luke's Hospital for the Elderly                                          65632281

2 Bukit Batok Street 11 S(659674)   

 

Tan Tock Seng Hospital                                                          62566011

11 Jalan Tan Tock Seng S(308433)   

 

Thomson Medical Centre                                                        62502222

339 Thomson Road #B1-00 S(307677)         

 

Woodbridge Hospital                                                             63892000

10 Buangkok View S(539747)          

 

 

Home Care Equipment and Supplies

Home care aids, equipment and supplies are available in most retail pharmacies and hospital pharmacies. Some companies provide aids and equipment on a rental basis, and home deliveries can also be arranged.

 

Bendemeer Medical Marketing Et Nursing Services              62932307

Blk 43 Bendemeer Road #01-1032 S(330043)

 

DNR Wheels Pte Ltd                                                             62544070

21 Kim Keat Road #01-03 S(328805)

 

Equip Medical Pte Ltd                                                           65623008

81 Toh Guan Road East #03-01 S(608606)

 

JDH Marketing (Singapore) Pte Ltd                                      68501868

279 Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim #03-01 S(639938)

 

Lifeline Corporation Pte Ltd                                                  62892062

85 Playfair Road #06-02

Tong Yuan Industrial Building S(368000)

 

Medicare (S) Pte Ltd                                                              67345150

20 Kramat Lane #04-07         

United House S(228773)       

 

Nightingale Nursing Et Medical Services                               63245826

1 Kampong Bahru Road S(169339)  

 

Pharmex Marketing                                                                 68410636

18 Jalan Masjid #B1-03         

Kembangan Plaza S(418944) 

 

Rehab Mart                                                                             62531629

12 Boon Teck Road S(329586)         

 

Respite Care

Caregivers may sometimes need to take a short break to get recharged, but worry about having no one to take care of the invalid at home. Respite care arrangements can be made for a short stay in a nursing home or community hospital. Information on nursing homes is available in the Singtel Yellow Pages. Listed below are community hospitals that accept patients for respite care.

 

Ang Mo Kio Community Hospital                                         64538033

17 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9 #02-01 S(569766)           

 

Bright Vision Hospital                                                            62485755

5 Lorong Napiri S(547530)    

 

Ren Ci Hospital Et Medicare Centre                                      63580777

50 Jalan Tan Tock Seng S(308438)   

 

St Andrew's Community Hospital                                          62419956

1 Elliot Road S(458686)        

 

St Luke's Community Hospital for the Elderly                          65632281

2 Bukit Batok Street 11 S(659674)   

 

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