Medical Escort & Transportation Services Fund
The need for medical escort & transportation services are increasingly in demand with the accelerated ageing population in Singapore. Seniors who meet the means testing requirement are entitled up to 50-80% subsidy on their medical transport and escort fees. Post subsidy, the Seniors still need to pay between SGD 30-50 for each round trip to charity service providers like Blossom Seeds.
As their financial burden is already substantial, Blossom Seeds currently do not require Seniors to pay for this. This is absorb on charity dollars raise by Blossom Seeds. In 2018, we made at least 500 trips. Due to the increase in demand, we need to raise funds to support this service. Each SGD 50 will be able to support at least one round trip for 1 elderly in need.
Thank you for your support.
Hear Them Out
Research has shown that social relationships, or the relative lack thereof, constitute a major risk factor for health - rivalling the effect of well-established health risk factors such as cigarette smoking, blood pressure, blood lipids, obesity, and physical activity. (House, Landis, and Umberson; Science, 1988). In addition, according to a study by Angeline Chan, Duke-NUS Grad Medical School, Department of Sociology-NUS, perceived loneliness by the elderly (ie, an individual perception of feelings of alienation and dislocation) is also associated with a greater risk of death in Singapore.
Through our Community Befriending Programme, we try to match the personality and language skills of our volunteers to that of our Seniors. Committed volunteers than make repeated efforts of engagement through face to face visitation, calls, Hear.Them.Out, organizing physical or mind stimulating games at their places where appropriate and guiding them to our centre to partake in the social re-engagement activities with others. Intervention by our volunteers also helped to provide some respite time for the caregiver.
Through this approach, we had reached out to 40 Seniors so far since we first embarked on this effort officially in Aug 2018. Almost 50% of them are also mildly-dementia patients and numbers are expected to increase.
Transformation does not happen within 1 call or 1 week, hence, we require your continual support to this programme to ensure Seniors are tuned into the community social network, living an enriching and meaningful time towards their late phase in life. Funding is used to support volunteer's basic food, transport allowance during the calls and visits, groceries shopping for the Seniors in need, activities gadget (game sets, cards etc) and receiving counselling training support to handle the cases. Support socially isolated Seniors and Hear Them Out.
Sponsor a Vesak Goodie Bag 2019
For the 3rd year running, we will be distributing goodie bags of items to needy elderly across the island to share the spirit of giving during the month of Vesak. From our ground outreach efforts since last year, we found out that the Seniors need more personal and household care items such as anti-slip floor mat, medical rubs, moisturizer, face towel and so on. As such, this time, we will focus on these items specific to their needs. We expect to distribute up to 2000 bags this year.
These will be distributed to Seniors staying in the north, central areas and nursing homes that we had supported in the past depending on the total amount we could raise. Actual distribution will be carry out by mid-June.
Hence, we are seeking donors to sponsor a bag @SGD 50/bag. All donations for this will go towards procuring the items and distribution of the goodie bag. Any surplus will go into our usual operating funds. All donations are tax deductible.
[Vesak Giving Video – last year]