Elderly Care in Singapore – How You Can Get Elderly Care Services at Home

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Young nurse with old patient

It can be a challenge to take care of your elderly family members at home, especially when they are suffering from chronic medical conditions such as arthritis or diabetes. There are also times when the elderly are affected by acute conditions such as the flu, and getting medical care becomes difficult. A lot of times, the elderly have to be transported to a hospital or clinic for his/her regular checkup, get medicine prescription, or avail treatment and therapy. They will also have to be accompanied by someone during these times and can be difficult for some families.

What if I told you that there is actually a way to get elderly care in Singapore without having to go to a hospital? Thanks to Speedoc, you or a family member can request for a doctor or nurse to visit your elderly family members at the comfort of your home with the use of a simple phone app. This way, proper elderly care can be provided as well as several other services that can help in taking care of your loved ones. Some of the elderly care services that Speedoc offers include:

1. Comprehensive care assessment

Nurse helping senior woman

The elderly are given comprehensive health assessments at home to determine their overall state of health as well as to be informed of any former and preexisting health conditions. A nurse will visit your home and measure the patient’s vital signs, look into his/her medical history, and administer a complete physical examination. The process will cover a full outlook of the patient’s health, including but not limited to the assessments of the patient’s:

  • neurological function
  • skin
  • eyes
  • ears, nose, and throat
  • cardiovascular and pulmonary system
  • respiratory function
  • abdomen
  • muscles and joints
  • reproductive system
  • nutrition
  • appendages

The comprehensive care assessment will help prepare our doctors and nurses in caring for each patient and in managing their specific conditions.

2. Chronic medical conditions management

A senior suffering from a chronic medical condition can have a hard time dealing with the illness at home. It can also be hard for families to have to bring their elderly to a hospital for a checkup or treatment due to several reasons, such as difficulty in transportation or unavailability of someone to accompany the senior. It can also be physically exhausting and stressful for the senior to go to the hospital.

One good way of dealing with this dilemma is by having a nurse or a doctor visit the elderly at their home. This way, the seniors can just wait at the comfort of their home and have the nurse or doctor deal with his/her condition there. Nurses and doctors on house calls can deal with some of the most common chronic medical conditions affecting the elderly, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Lung disease
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Arthritis
  • Dementia
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts
  • Osteoporosis

3. Uncomplicated acute/sub-acute medical conditions management

Doctors and nurses on house calls are also able to provide elderly care on uncomplicated acute medical conditions, such as the common cold, flu, strep throat, skin infections, and asthma attacks. However, for more severe conditions like bone fracture or emergencies, it is recommended that the elderly are rushed to the hospital for immediate treatment.

4. Specialists or Approved providers in other disciplines referrals

If the elderly need care and treatment from a specialist, he/she can be referred by house call doctors and nurses to trusted providers. Some approved providers can also have the specialist visit the senior at the comfort of his/her home for assessment and treatment.

5. Transport arrangement to hospitals

Nurse helping senior man to reach the hospital

There are times during a house call that the elderly may be advised by the health professional to go to a hospital or clinic for treatment. When this happens, there is no need for the patient or his/her family to worry about transportation as the health professional from Speedoc can arrange for it.

6. Acute and chronic medicines prescription

If a senior needs a medicine prescription for his/her condition, he/she will usually have to go to a clinic or hospital for a checkup beforehand. This can be time-consuming and may be physically exhausting for them. After a checkup, house call doctors themselves can prescribe medicine for the treatment of acute and chronic conditions affecting the elderly and speeds the process.

7. Patient and caregiver education and management plan on medical conditions

For elderly patients with chronic conditions, our house call doctors and nurses are trained in dealing and managing these conditions. Patients and their caregivers are also educated on proper protocol and procedure in dealing with situations related to the medical condition. That way, while the doctor or nurse is still on the way to your home, proper care and management are being given to the patient.

8. Minor medical procedures

House call doctors and nurses can also perform minor procedures without having to go to a hospital or clinic. At the comfort of the patient’s home, doctors can perform some procedures such as simple wound debridement and intra-articular injections.

 

Speedoc Singapore
991C Alexandra Rd, #01-13C,
Singapore 119971
+65 8180 8948