Thursday, November 21, 2019

IGNITE Programme Concludes Third and Final Module in 2019

Over 50 participants from 22 organisations came together to participate in the final and third module of the 2019 IGNITE Programme.

During the 3-day session from 16 to 18 October, classroom sessions gave participants a greater understanding and exposure on the available services for Intermediate and Palliative Care, as well as the Care Integration in Singapore.

To complement the classroom sessions, the participants also visited different Community Care organisations such as St Luke's Hospital, Dover Park Hospice and Kampung Admiralty to gain first-hand knowledge and valuable tips from various speakers.

With services constantly being developed in the Community Care sector, the IGNITE Programme provides middle-level managers with an updated and comprehensive overview of the services available and a platform for networking.

Cutting-edge technology at St Luke’s Hospital

The participants’ first stop was to St Luke’s Hospital (SLH). It was the first hospital in Singapore dedicated to the elderly sick and received the first President’s Award for Social Impact in 2012.

During the visit, the participants learnt about SLH’s core community services, which include wound care, dementia care, palliative care, rehabilitation care, and home care. They also had a glimpse at the latest technologies adopted by the sector. At a demonstration, participants witnessed how a 3D laser scanner was used to help the staff assess wounds more effectively. This laser scanner is one of the latest technologies that SLH had invested in as part of its ongoing efforts to transform its care services.

Tour of the dementia care ward at St Luke’s Hospital

The participants were given an overview of SLH’s philosophy and how it focuses on the patient journey through the aspects of clinical, social, and pastoral care via a sharing session with Associate Professor Tan Boon Yeow, Chief Executive Officer of SLH.

IGNITE participants with Associate Professor, Tan Boon Yeow, CEO of St Luke’s Hospital (front row, third from left)

Palliative care at Dover Park Hospice

Opening their doors to people of every age, race, religion and income level, Dover Park Hospice has been wholly committed to holistic palliative care for their clients since 1922. Dover Park Hospice’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Timothy Liu, shared his thoughts with the participants in providing care during the clients’ final phase of life.

At DPH, participants had the opportunity to visit various facilities, including its Garden & Koi Pond, Multi-Purpose Rooms, and Quiet Room. These facilities are all part of the hospice’s services to provide clients the relief and respite from distressing symptoms and issues, especially in their final phase of life.

Beyond that, DPH also shared how inpatient care, home care, education and research, and day care, play an integral part in the hospice’s holistic palliative care approach.

Understanding how activities are planned at Dover Park Hospice
IGNITE participants with Mr Timothy Liu (front row in pink shirt), CEO of Dover Park Hospice

Singapore’s first integrated multi-generational community development project – Kampung Admiralty

Kampung Admiralty was developed in collaboration with stakeholders such as Ministry of Health, National Parks Board and Early Childhood Development Agency. The one-stop hub integrates housing for seniors with access to social, communal, and healthcare facilities, as well as commercial and retail services. Kampung Admiralty is Singapore’s first integrated multi-generational community development project by the Housing and Development Board.

At Kampung Admiralty, IGNITE participants saw how care services are integrated into the community for senior residents and learnt how the hub’s management handles its daily operations. The tour provided insights on what went into the building of the first active-ageing hub in Singapore with various initiatives supporting and engaging senior residents – which made Kampung Admiralty a model for successful ageing in Singapore.

IGNITE participants visiting the rooftop garden during a tour of Kampung Admiralty

This is the third and final module of the IGNITE Programme in 2019. We would like to thank all the participants and organisations that have helped made this programme a success! Read more about IGNITE’s first and second module here and here respectively.

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