At Vanguard Care Homes, our multi-disciplinary care team works closely with residents and their family members, as well as the community, to improve our residents’ state of health and enrich their quality of life so that they can age gracefully and with dignity. Besides nursing care, we also provide physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, medical care, dental care and dietary services.
Vanguard has developed activities that promote active ageing in the physical, social and cognitive domains:
- Physical activities include walking, cycling, qigong and gardening with each Care Home championing a specific activity to lead and develop for all Vanguard Care Homes;
- Social activities include communal dining, current affairs sharing, befriending and intergenerational activities with each Care Home reaching out to its community and volunteers;
- Cognitive activities include gaming, art and craft, and activities of daily living (ADLs) which will be supported by the rehabilitation team of the Care Home.
To meet the psychosocial needs of the residents, each Vanguard Care Home has an Intergeneration Clubhouse where residents can gather to chat over drinks as well as interact with their family members, the youth and the community. The activity and dining areas at each level also provide a pleasant setting for our residents to mingle and engage in group activities.
Home Enablement and Autonomous Living (HEAL) Programme
Vanguard is piloting the Home Enablement and Autonomous Living (HEAL) programme at some of our Care Homes, in line with Vanguard’s care model which emphasises rehabilitation with the goal of enabling residents to be independent again and eventually return home. Under the HEAL programme, suitable residents undergoing the programme will:
- Live independently and autonomously as part of their discharge preparation;
- Be encouraged to serve their own meals, wash their own laundry, go to the toilet and shower independently; and
- Make their own decisions and plan their own rehab and daily activities, with their individual schedule of activities checked and prompted by the rehab team.
- The nurses will usually assist them mainly in managing their medication.
The HEAL programme also attempts to impart to caregivers (such as a newly employed domestic helper and/or next-of-kin) the basic skills needed to carry out nursing care (such as administering of medications), basic positioning, bed mobility, transfer and ADL assistance for the nursing home resident upon discharge.