With the rapid rise in the number of older persons looking for assisted living facilities, it is always heartening to hear about the opening of a new nursing home or a retirement home. Last Saturday (1 Nov, 2014) SeniorsAloud was invited to attend the opening of the Kuan Ai Nursing Home in Serdang Jaya, Seri Kembangan, Kuala Lumpur.
Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun, was the guest-of-honour. In her speech, she spoke about the urgent need for more nursing homes as Malaysia is fast moving towards becoming an ageing nation by the year 2030. Socio-economic changes have resulted in an increase in the number of elderly people living alone. They often feel lonely and depressed. Perhaps, more importantly, who is there to help should anything happen to them?
|Open concept of the office, and (right) nurse manager Ms Angela Lee.|
Adult children who are unable to look after their elderly parents for one reaon or another should not feel guilty about putting their loved one in a home, provided it is a home that is well managed and run by qualified staff who are dedicated and committed to providing the best care. The traditional view of filial piety needs to be revamped in keeping with the changing times.
The Kuan Ai Nursing Home is fully licensed with eight qualified and experienced staff members, led by nurse manager Angela Lee, who has an Honours degree in Nursing Science. It was started by a small group of businessmen and academicians who saw the urgent need for a homecare establishment with full facilities for the elderly. Do visit the home and check out the facilities yourself before you decide if you would recommend it to anyone.
(Top): The airy and spacious dining area with seats at the side for visitors. (Above): The kitchen. All meals are halal and menus are planned with the nutritional needs of the elderly in mind. Laundry is taken care of and there are weekly visits by a doctor.
To attend the open day, I took the KTM commuter train to Serdang, and from the station it was a short taxi ride to the nursing home. If you are driving, the home is easy to locate as it is situated in a quiet residential area close to the township of Serdang Jaya.
Opening hours are from 10.00am to 8.00pm daily. Give Angela a call before you drop by. She will be happy to show you around the premises.