Agency for Integrated Care
Elderly with dementia who remain at home depend on caregivers for support. However, many caregivers do not sufficiently understand the illness and lack the necessary skills to provide optimal care. Caregivers also find it increasingly difficult and stressful to manage as the disease progresses.
iPAL (integrated Promoters of Active Living) programme sought to provide meaningful and stimulating activities to the elderly with dementia in their homes. Such activities help the elderly to maintain their cognitive, physical and mental functions. Home visits also provided respite for family members so that they may attend dementia training sessions or participate in support networks.
A structured training curriculum was in place to train care providers in dementia care. KTPH also provided ongoing support to care providers when needed. This increased the capacity of the community to support the growing number of elderly with dementia.