Sunday, June 20, 2010

Simple Elderly Home Layout

This is just a simple sketch of an elderly’s home which I propose. Starting from the living room, we can have coffee tables right in front of the elderly’s chair so they could eat easily in comfort. The coffee table’s table can also be folded to the side so that the elderly can use the table as a safe passageway to the chair while holding on the the sides of the table so it can act as a way to support the elderly as well. The chair can have comparements so it will be easier for the elderly to use the remotes etc.

On the side maybe some fish tank/paintings etc. Potruding from the fish tank is actually a compartment where you can put fish food inside so accidents may be prevented compared to climbing a top as quite a number of elderly usually keeps fish tanks. This can also be a place to socialise as well if you put the number of chairs inside.

For the windows, to express some freedom so the elderly won’t feel like they are being in a cage, there is no window-grills to cover it but there will be a net which is almost invisible to protect them. There is also a compartment potruding out below the window to prevent the elderly from going too near.

The bedroom. The bed is much more lower when compared to a normal one so the elderly will not have any problems or face any when going on. There is also a safe-guard on the side that could be pulled up so the elderly need not fear of falling off. On the side is also a table of the same height so they could reach it with ease.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Holiday Work 1 - Understanding the Elderly

This report is saying that we should be having more houses that are elderly-friendly. To make the elderly carry out their everyday activities without difficulty and with ease like any normal person would.
Secondly, the elderly would be able to mix around with the people around them with ease and should not have something blocking them, just because they are much more older than the others.
The elderly should not have a disadvantage financially because of their age and should be taken more initiative by the government and being treated fairly also.
The elderly would be also able to participate in activities of normal people and should not be left out too.

They’re recommending that HDB should be providing more rental housing options available for the seniors.

The government should top-up accounds of less welloff Singaporeans when there are budgetary surpluses. The government also should set up a Caregiver Centre to support families in care-giving through provision of information resources and programmes.

As an SST student, I could interact with them. When their family is not their first line of support, they would usually feel lonely so by meeting up with them, it could really help them a lot.
Helping them out with their usual household chore work voluntarily also works out as it can start a friendship and we may also learn a thing or two from them.
Just by being polite and making it convenient to them also helps such as holding the lift button for them.