Wednesday, June 23, 2010

My Last Observation

I am going to do my observation on the uncle who sells newspaper. Uncle always has to wake up at 5am. Then he will go to his booth. Normally, he will have to wait until about 5.30am before the newspaper are delivered. Some newspapers are even later. As Uncle was rather fit, he was able to lift the huge stack of newspaper from the ground to the table. So. generally, Uncle's routine is just wake up, got to booth, arrange the newspaper (including lifting) and sell the newspapers. I think the part that I can help him is the lifting. Although he is rather fit, he is still an elderly. I might want to help him to design something that can help him do the lifting.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

My observation 3

This time, I am doing my observation about the old uncle who is working at the vegetable stall at the market. He wakes up every day 4.30am and work to about 12.30pm. He will go to the stall and start to pick the vegetables. As he is rather old, he will have some difficulties carrying the vegetables from the lorry  to the stall. Even with the help of the trolley, he still seemed to need help.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

My floorplan for elderly

This is a floorplan for elderly. As you can see, most of the furniture are by the side to prevent the elderly from falling.

This is the bed.

This is the toilet. There will be hand rails inside for the elderly and non-slip tiles.

This is the door.

This is the dining table. I positioned near the stove so that if the elderly cooked hot soup, they would not have to walk very far.

This is the stove. The green box is the refrigerator where the elderly can put all the groceries in.

My (late) observations 1 and 2

Observation 1
I choose my grandmother to be the elderly in the limelight. As my grandmother saved up quite a bit of money when she was young so her elderly life is not that difficult. As my grandmother fell down 2 years ago, it has restricted her walking now. She can walk without the walking aid but it will be more comfortable for her with it. In my grandmother's house, most of the furniture are all by the side. The others are mostly movable. The toilets have the non-slippery tiles to prevent my grandmother to slip and fall again. So, the main point is to prevent my grandmother to fall.

Observation 2
How my grandmother does her daily routines

Before she fell down, she will walk to the back of my aunt's house which is 2 apartments away to pluck the chilli padi. Then she will start to prepare to go the market. At 8, she will cook for my uncles. After that, then she will start the household chores.

After she fell down, she will wake up later. Then she will ask my cousin to go to the market to buy groceries. Then she will start to cook.

Before my grandmother fell down, she was a person who likes to travel or just go out. Now, she will not go out as often as before unless somebody is driving a car. We still play mahjong with her to prevent her from getting dementia. So, after she fell down, her life did not change much as she would still be willing to go out.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Holiday work - Part 1: Understanding "The Elderly Challenge"

  • Explain in your own words, the FOUR key recommendations of the report.
  • Housing for seniors, accessibility for seniors, caring for seniors and opportunities for seniors.
  • State ONE way that the CAI report is recommending to make our public housing more elderly-friendly
  • We can provide the elderly with more choices of housing by giving different length of land leases.
  • State TWO ways on how we can ensure that the quality of elderly care here in Singapore is affordable.
  • We can try to make sure that the food prices do not increase too much.
  • We can try to provide some fun activities for the elderly that will not need the elderly to spend a lot of money.
  • After reading the CAI report, what do you are the THREE things that you can do, as an SST student, to help overcome these elderly challenges
  • I can help out in elderly centers.
  • I can donate money to the elderly.
  • I can help by doing charity fairs to help elderly.