|Sharing tips on how to use creativity to enhance memory at ADFM.|
For the past few months I've been checking out daycare centres for my mom. I must have visited more than a dozen. None of them had what I was looking for - a daily schedule of activities to keep the elderly mentally, physically and socially occupied. At every home that I visited, the residents were left on their own most of the time. They would either be staring blankly at the TV screen, or lying in bed waiting listlessly for the next meal. The carers were always too busy to give individual attention.
I immediately made an appointment for mom to see Dr Philip Poi of University of Malaya Specialist Centre (UMSC) on 30 May. He spent 45 minutes chatting with mom and putting her through some simple tests. Based on her answers and his observations, he confirmed that mom displayed early signs of AD. He wrote me a referral for ADFM. That was sufficient to get mom accepted as a client there. (That's the term used at ADFM.)
|Mom with some of the table top games apparatus. There's also bingo and singalong sessions, but mom's favorite group activity is mahjong. She always wins, hands down.|
|My mom participating in the daily morning exercise session at the pavilion led by centre manager, Ms Jade Wong, who is also a nursing tutor.|
|First impression counts when visitors step into the centre.|
|Reflexology path for the clients, with hand bar all along the side to prevent falls.|
|Exercise corner for those who enjoy cycling.|
|Some of the drawings done by the clients.|
|A daily schedule designed to keep the clients mentally and physically active - very important for people with AD.|
|Dining area with the kitchen in the background. The place is kept spotlessly clean. That speaks well of the staff.|
|The cosy rest room for the women should they want to lie down or take a nap. Spacious, clean and comfortable as a dormitory should be.|
|The spacious hall with the dining area on the left.|
Bathroom and toilet equipped with seat and grab bars.
If you are interested in finding out more about ADFM's residential homecare centre, you can contact Angela Lee at 03-3122 6908. You can also check out ADFM's website at http://www.adfm.org.my and ADFM's blog at http://adfmmalaysia.blogspot.com/
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