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Dementia Care

About Dementia Care

Dementia is a condition which involves loss of memory, language, problem-solving and other thinking abilities that are severe enough to interfere with daily life.

 

Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia. Dementia is typically caused by abnormal brain changes.

 

These changes trigger a decline in thinking skills, also known as cognitive abilities, severe enough to impair daily life and independent function. They also affect behaviour, feelings and relationships.

  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty performing familiar tasks
  • Problem with language
  • Disorientation to time and place
  • Poor or impaired judgement
  • Problem keeping track of things
  • Misplacing things
  • Changes in mood and behaviour
  • Trouble with images and spatial relationships
  • Withdrawal from work or social activities

Patient Stories

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Our Holistic Dementia Care Services​

At St Luke’s Hospital, patient care is holistic, coordinated and individualised. There is also continuity of care from inpatient, to outpatient and even in the community.

Medical Care

  • Medical assessment
  • Prescription of medications to aid with behaviour, memory and mood
  • Nutritional assessment

 

Nursing Care

  • Caregiver training
    • Feeding
    • Skin care
    • Toileting

 

Rehabilitation Care

  • Physiotherapy
    • Exercises to work on walking, strength, balance, aerobic activity and flexibility to help in regaining functions
    • Pain-relieving techniques 
    • Caregiver training and prescription of mobility aid upon discharge
  • Occupational Therapy
    • Retraining on Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs)
    • Allow patients to participate in meaningful activities
    • Prescription of suitable specialised equipment to maximise independence
    • Home modification
    • Caregiver training on behavioural techniques and activities to engage patients such as doll therapy, gardening, life book and Namaste Care
  • Speech Therapy
    • Swallowing and communication assessment and intervention
    • Caregiver training on swallowing management
  • Music Therapy
  • Art Therapy

 

Dietetic Services

  • Assess nutritional status
  • Nutritional counselling and recommendation of dietary interventions

St Luke’s Community Clinic

  • Regular medical consultations 
  • Prescription of medications to aid with behaviour, memory and mood
  • Holistic care for all stages of dementia

 

Day Rehabilitation Centre

Rehabilitation care

  • Physiotherapy
    • Exercises to work on walking, strength, balance, aerobic activity and flexibility to help in regaining functions
    • Pain-relieving techniques
    • Caregiver training and prescription of mobility aid upon discharge
  • Occupational Therapy
    • Retraining on Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs)
    • Allow patients to participate in meaningful activities
    • Prescription of suitable specialised equipment to maximise independence
    • Home modification
    • Caregiver training on behavioural techniques and activities to engage patients such as doll therapy, gardening, life book and Namaste Care
  • Speech Therapy
    • Swallowing and communication assessment and intervention
    • Caregiver training on swallowing management

 

Home Care

For clients who are home-bound, our home care services bring healthcare to you, through Home Medical, Home Nursing and Home Therapy services.

GymTonic

St Luke’s Hospital is a provider of Gym Tonic, a strength-training programme which aims to help seniors extend their independence and functional years.

Care Coordination Services

Work with patients and their loved ones on care plan and coordination of services

 

Dementia Go-To-Point

St Luke’s Hospital plays a role in building a dementia friendly community by raising awareness about dementia and by serving as a “safe return” point where members of the public can bring PWDs who are unable to identify themselves or find their way home.

 

Medical Social Work Services 

  • Psychosocial care to our patients and their families
  • Education & counselling for psychosocial and emotional issues
  • Application of financial assistance schemes
  • Linkages to community support service

 

Pastoral Care Services
Provide a comforting presence and emotional support for patients and their families

Admissions & Appointments

Inpatient admissions: contact referral@stluke.org.sg or 6895 3290

St Luke’s Community Clinic: contact outpatientclinic@stluke.org.sg or 6895 3230

Day Rehabilitation Centre: contact drc@stluke.org.sg or 6895 3205

Home care: contact hcs@stluke.org.sg or 6895 3204

Charges, Payment, Subsidies & Means Testing