THE recent move to draw up a
master plan for disability services is certainly
heart-warming. I would like to share my past experience
while helping a chronically-sick 38-year-old widow who
was on Bipap (ventilator support), and hospitalised in a
restructured hospital during the past few years.
This patient was caught in a most unfortunate
situation. Nursing homes are not able to manage Bipap
cases. By staying in the restructured hospital, she
deprived others of acute care. She did not qualify for
inpatient hospice care either.
Fortunately, she was weaned off the ventilator a few
months ago and is now looked after by a nursing home.
This is not an isolated case where the patient is
I reckon there is a gap - the lack of a special home
for the chronic sick. While helping the disabled, the
government should also give the chronic sick a special
home where they can live and die with dignity.
Lee Soh Hong