1 GOING BEYOND ISSUE 12 GOING BEYOND ISSUE 12 QUARTERLY UPDATES FROM REN CI HOSPITAL APRIL JUNE 2013 MICA (P) 138/08/2012 Ren Ci celebrates Rehab Day 2013 Ren Ci Hospital celebrated its first Rehab Day on 17 May 2013 at Ren Ci Community Hospital with a series of activities to raise awareness about the works of our physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and the assisting therapists. Previously, Physiotherapy Day and Occupational Therapy Day were celebrated on separate days. Highlighting the theme of the event Healthy Lifestyle Can Be Fun, Ren Ci s Rehabilitation department presented the event with a bazaar style carnival. Various stations were set up to offer fun activities such as Wii challenges, innovative therapy exercises and stress-ball making. Besides participation from the public and staff, rehabilitation patients from the community hospital wards were also ported to the activity area to join in the fun. One of the most popular activities was the Wii game challenge. Several patients even took up the challenge to compete against the therapists and other staff! The stress-ball making station also attracted a large crowd as many were interested in finding out the steps to creating a personal stress-ball using simple props like balloons and baking flour. Meanwhile, the tongue-twister station at the other corner was bursting with laughter as many whom attempted the speech therapist s challenge turned tongue-tied. Of course the participants of the event did not walk away empty-handed. Those who completed all the challenges were rewarded with handmade crafts and cookies by the patients and the Rehabilitation team! Rehab Day 2013 Aside from the day activities, the celebration of Rehab Day also included a Captain s Ball Tournament, where staff from various departments formed teams to participate in the interdepartment competition. In recent months, the Rehabilitation department has been actively reaching out to the community with the introduction of new services such as the Day Rehabilitation Centre service and Outpatient Therapy service. Both services will enable frail elderly in the community to use our rehabilitation facilities on a regular basis. More information on these services can be found on Scan this QR Code and like us now! This quarterly publication is produced by Corporate Communications department. If you have any contributions, comments or feedback, please get in touch with us. The Editor, Going Beyond REN CI HOSPITAL 71 Irrawaddy Road, Singapore Tel: (65) Fax: (65) Website: Like us at Facebook at
2 GOING BEYOND ISSUE 12 2 ON THE NOTICEBOARD Ren Ci Charity Golf 2013 Ren Ci Hospital has successfully raised $550,000 through its charity golf tournament held at the Orchid Country Club on 26 April Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Mr Lim Swee Say, was the Guest-of-honour for the event s celebratory dinner. This is the second consecutive year that the Charity healthcare institution has organised such a golf tournament, which saw some 192 Ren Ci golf enthusiasts and supporters teed-off on the greens for a good cause. Support for this year s tournament has been encouraging as donors and corporate sponsors signed up a total of 48 flights, a 30% increase from last year s 36. Ren Ci Charity Golf Tournament 2013 has garnered continued support from several corporate sponsors, including Event sponsor cum hole-in-one sponsor Mitsubishi Electrics Asia Pte Ltd, as well as hole-in-one sponsors Daimler South East Asia Pte. Ltd., Mercedes Singapore, who are sponsoring this event for the second consecutive year. We would also like to thank all the members in the Organising Committee for their untiring efforts over the past few months to bring this event together. Mr Thomas Bon of OKH Global donates $1 million to Ren Ci Ren Ci Hospital recently received a generous donation of $1 million from Mr Thomas Bon, Executive Chairman and CEO of OKH Global. Ren Ci Hospital s Chairman Mr Chua Thian Poh was invited to the cheque presentation by OKH Global s celebratory dinner for the company s listing on Singapore Exchange. Mr Bon and his associates from OKH Holdings had visited Ren Ci Hospital in March to get to know more about the daily operations and meet the patients. In his interview with local press, Mr Bon shared that he was moved when he witnessed the care provided by the healthcare workers at Ren Ci. This was the biggest donation Ren Ci Hospital had received from an individual in three years. The funds will certainly go a long way to help Ren Ci s needy sick and frail elderly. World Continence Week 2013 Ren Ci Hospital was once again invited as a partner for the 5th World Continence Week on 15 June 2013 from 2pm to 5pm. This collaboration with the Society for Continence (Singapore), along with some 13 other partners, focused on empowering participants with continence-related knowledge and preventive measures. The event was held at Ren Ci Community Hospital and attracted some 300 participants. Speakers at the full-day seminar include Dr Siow Woei Yun (Consultant Urologist, Raffles Hospital), Dr Lim Jit Fong (Senior Consultant, Fortis Colorectal Hospital), Prof Peter Lim Huat Chye (Senior Consultant Urologist, Gleneagles Medical Centre) and Physiotherapist Ms June Chew. In addition to the forums, free Faecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) Kits were given to first 50 participants above the age of 50. Free functional screenings were also provided for limited registered participants. For the first time, a Zumba dance instructor was engaged to teach participants some healthy steps.
3 GOING BEYOND ISSUE 12 3 Pan-Asia Cares raised $155,000 for Ren Ci Hospital In an effort to foster stronger social integration and social responsibility amongst new immigrants and foreign enterprises, Pan-Asia Investment Holdings launched a Pan-Asia Cares charity initiative and took the lead to donate $100,000 to Ren Ci Hospital on 10 June Ren Ci Hospital s Chairman Mr Chua Thian Poh was honoured to receive the donations. Six foreign enterprises, including China Aviation Oil (Singapore) Corporation Ltd and Swiss luxury watchmaker Richard Mille, raised an additional $55,000 for Ren Ci, as they answered the initiatives call to demonstrate their willingness to give and contribute to the less fortunate in Singapore. All donations will go a long way in maintaining and improving Ren Ci s patient care services. FACTS & FIGURES DISCHARGE RATE IN REN CI COMMUNITY HOSPITAL * Based on FY2012/ % Home 14.9% Restructured Hospital 3.5% Nursing Home 0.5% Others 0.2% Passed Away Volunteer Outing to Batam In appreciation of our regular volunteers efforts for the patients, the Fundraising and Volunteer Development department (FRVD) organised a one-day trip to Batam just for them. Some 150 volunteers took part in the fun and eventful trip on Sunday, 30 June This annual event is also organised to encourage bonding between our volunteers. The highlight of this trip is the visit to one of Batam s favourite tourist hotspot Taman Mini Indonesia! Our volunteers had so much fun trying to squeeze into the miniature traditional houses and snapping pictures with them. After visiting some places of interest, a traditional Javanese massage session awaits them; this therapeutic massage definitely boosted their energy level! Just before the volunteers head back to Singapore, they also spent some time at the local malls shopping for famous Indonesian snacks and souvenirs to bring back home for their family and friends! We sincerely thank all volunteers for their kind contributions and hope they enjoyed the trip! Ren Ci Vegetarian Food Fiesta 2013 Ren Ci Hospital s iconic annual fundraising carnival Ren Ci Vegetarian Food Fiesta is back! Time : 8.30am to 5pm Date : 22 September 2013 Venue : Ren Ci Community Hospital Address : 71 Irrawaddy Road, Singapore Call us at or to get your coupons today! We look forward to your participation!
4 GOING BEYOND ISSUE 12 4 UP CLOSE & PERSONAL Humanity Award Winner Kyaw Thuya To the residents of Ren Ci Nursing Home Ward 509, Mr Kyaw Thuya is their beacon of hope. Treating every resident as a friend, Mr Thuya goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that the residents receive the best care and attention. For instance, he would take the initiative to stay back after shift hours to cut hair for the residents and prepare chilled beverages for them on a warm day. He would even pay attention to small details such as the personal preferences of every resident and tries his best to satisfy them. Mr Thuya s dedication has certainly lit up the residents lives and inspired many fellow colleagues. How it began? Mr Thuya s passion for nursing first ignited back in his school days, after a field trip to a hospital where he had the opportunity to interact with several elderly patients. From then on, he knew he wanted do something meaningful -- to make a difference to elderly patients in their final stages of life. With this desire in mind, he went on to pursue an education in nursing and subsequently joined Ren Ci Nursing Home in December 2008 as a Nursing Aide. Working in Ren Ci Mr Thuya is glad that he has chosen nursing as his career, and particularly Ren Ci as his workplace. The residents here are like my friends. I feel happy when my patients are happy, he said with a smile. And sighting that priceless joyous look on his patients face is the most rewarding part of his job that has spurred him on, especially at times when he felt exhausted. Besides the friendship that is forged with the nursing home residents whom he has been caring for several years, he also values the family spirit that has been established with his fellow colleagues. Everyone would help and support one another along the way. We work closely together as a team, explained Mr Thuya. With his exemplary performance and commitment, Mr Thuya was promoted in September 2011 to Assistant Nurse. Winning the Award This award really came as a surprise! And I am very honoured to be able to receive it, Mr Thuya describes in excitement. Also, I am lucky to have met the President of Singapore for the first time in person! Mr Thuya would like to thank the Director of Nursing and Administrator of Ren Ci Nursing Home, Ms Michelle Lew, for her kind guidance and nominating him for this award, as well as his colleagues from Ward 509 for the help and support they have given him throughout his 4 years in Ren Ci. He hopes that his story can inspire more people to show compassionate care towards the frail and elderly, because every simple gesture means a great deal to the patients.
5 GOING BEYOND ISSUE 12 5 FROM THE FRONTLINE Getting to know Chronic Sick Unit? Chronic Sick Facilities are specialised nursing homes that provide care to older persons with complex medical conditions or severe physical disabilities. These patients require a greater level of care and supervision compared to other patients in the nursing homes. Chronic sick patients of such may require nursing needs such as tracheostomy (a surgical procedure to create an opening through the neck into the windpipe), oxygen therapy, intermittent suction and frequent bed turning. These patients have to be managed by professionals and trained nurses as they are mostly bed ridden and are unable to perform activities of daily living. Singapore currently has two Voluntary Welfare Organisations that provide Chronic Sick facilities and services. They are Ren Ci Hospital and Bright Vision Hospital. The Ren Ci Chronic Sick Unit under Ren Ci Long Term Care facility started its operations in 1994 and is located at Buangkok Green Medical Park. Ren Ci Long Term Care currently has 118 chronic sick beds and 56 nursing home beds providing quality care for chronic sick patients coming from low-socio economic background who require high medical attention. Going home to loved ones: Interview with Madam Jamaliah Mdm Jamaliah is one of the patients under Ren Ci Long Term Care. Mdm Jamaliah was involved in a serious road accident two years ago and that left her in a vegetative state. She was admitted to Ren Ci with tracheostomy and was on tube-feeding. Mdm Jamaliah suffered from speech impairment and her movements were restricted. Fortunately, with her strong willpower coupled with love from her family and dedicated care from Ren Ci staff, Mdm Jamaliah made tremendous progress. She can now be transferred to a wheelchair and visit places around her with assistance. The nursing team also managed to help her improve her condition by weaning off the tubes on her. While she is still on soft diet, she finally could enjoy the taste of food once again. After two years of stay in Ren Ci Long Term Care, Mdm Jamaliah is now finally discharged from the hospital and receiving care in the comfort of her own home.
6 GOING BEYOND ISSUE 12 6 IN THE PINK OF HEALTH 1 st Ren Ci Hospital Clinical Cluster Conference: Understanding Stroke Rehab Why do stroke patients need rehabilitation? Do you know that a stroke patient s risk of death within the first year of diagnosis is as high as 35 percent? That is ten times higher than those of their healthy counterparts! On 9 May 2013, Ren Ci s Clinical Director Dr Lee Liang Tee spoke at the inaugural Ren Ci Hospital Clinical Cluster Conference on Stroke Rehabilitation and its effects on stroke patients. Stroke patients are diagnosed with either Hemorrhagic Stroke or Ischemic Stroke. Hemorrhagic Stroke is a result of the rupturing of a weakened vessel that bleeds into the surrounding brain. Ischemic Stroke happens when a clot within a blood vessel obstructs the supply of blood to the brain. Treatment for stroke varies for different patients but immediate attention and treatment will increase the chances of recovery and prevent further deterioration or complication of physical and cognitive functions. At Ren Ci Community Hospital, stroke patients undergo a variety of rehabilitation ranging from physiotherapy to occupational therapy and speech therapy during their stay, in addition to prescribed medication to control their conditions. Research has shown that the brain undergoes neuroplasticity (structural and functional re-organisation), in the early months following a stroke and adjusts its activities in response to the changes in the body environment. Besides neurological recovery, training and adaptation is also required. Recognising the signs of stroke: FAST Facial weakness Can the person smile? Is his/her eye or mouth drooping? Arm weakness Can the person raise both arms? Speech difficulty Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say? Time to act fast Call 995 immediately Other symptoms are difficulty in swallowing, dizziness, severe headache, confusion, numbness. There are several approaches to stroke rehabilitation: 1. Compensatory strategies where stroke patients learn to use alternate strategies to complete tasks. 2. Strengthening exercises on the affected limbs to gain better control and grip. 3. Neurophysiological and facilitation techniques to encourage the use of affected limbs to promote re-learning of normal movements and reduce muscle spasticity. 4. Task-oriented retraining emphasizes the use of affected limb to do task-specific exercises. Stroke Rehabilitation varies from person to person but with cooperation and help of a stroke rehabilitation team, support from family and friends, and a strong will power, stroke patients will definitely make steady improvements to their lives.
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