Government-Subsidised HDB Home Renovations for the Elderly (EASE)

Falls are common causes of elderly injuries at home. You can install special tools and aids around your Housing and Development Board (HDB) apartment to help prevent falls. Under the Enhancement for Active Seniors (EASE) programme, the costs of some of the installations will be subsidised by the Government.

The safety aids will enable senior citizens living in HDB apartments in Singapore to move around freely and safely to enable a more independent life.
The safety aids will enable senior citizens living in HDB apartments in Singapore to move around freely and safely to enable a more independent life.

Changes could be simple adjustments or lifestyle changes, or more complicated like the addition of fittings or structural changes.

Simple adjustments could include:

  • Addition of grab bars
  • Use of non-slip mats or application of non-slip treatments on floors of wet and slippery areas, eg bathroom and toilet
  • Removal of rugs and wires on the floor to prevent falls
  • Changing switches to an accessible level, if your care recipient is wheelchair bound
  • Highlighting steps and stairs with fluorescent tape for better visibility at night
  • Relocating your care recipient to a room on the ground floor (if you stay in a multi-storey house)

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Leveraging technology to provide better healthcare

Today, we put the focus on a primary care doctor practicing in Punggol – to get a feel of what it’s like running a GP clinic in a residential neighbourhood in Singapore.

Dr. Paul Ang founded Zenith Medical Clinic in Punggol, Singapore. Visit its website for location and opening hours
Dr. Paul Ang founded Zenith Medical Clinic in Punggol, Singapore. Visit its website for location and opening hours

Dr. Paul Ang belongs to a new generation of young doctors establishing themselves as the community’s trusted general practitioners (GPs), providing primary care to the residents in Punggol.

Dr. Ang’s clinical interests include Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT), Mental Health and Wellness, and Paediatrics.
Dr. Ang’s clinical interests include Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT), Mental Health and Wellness, and Paediatrics.

As a millennial, Dr. Ang is tech savvy and fully cognizant of the importance of harnessing technology to reap improvements to traditional work processes.

Having spent the past three and a half years practicing at Zenith, the Gen-Y doctor’s greatest frustration is with the typical fluctuations of patient volumes at GP clinics.

As most practitioners or patients would have observed, a typical primary care clinic can be really crowded at times eg. on Saturdays and Mondays, and at different times of the day.

With many traditional first-come-first-serve basis, the staff has to cope with long lines of patients vying for an earlier time slot, with tempers occasionally flaring up.

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New arrival: Fitbit Versa health & fitness smartwatch in Singapore

The new Fitbit Versa smartwatch is now available globally and in Singapore at S$318, with accessories ranging from S$50 – S$140. Includes female health tracking and quick replies to mobile Android device messages (from May).

* This story first appeared on tech4tea.com.

Versa is Fitbit’s lightest smartwatch, featuring a modern design, advanced health and fitness features, 4+ day battery life, smart features and cross platform compatibility.

Beginning in May, these new Fitbit features will be available:

Quick replies

“We’re thrilled for consumers around the world to experience Versa, a beautifully designed smartwatch for all with advanced health and fitness features, access to our large global social network and smart features people find most useful at an approachable price. We believe Versa is a smartwatch that will have mass appeal, attracting new audiences and helping us capture a previously untapped segment of users in this growing wearables category,” said James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit.

Android mobile device users can respond to messages on the go using Fitbit Versa and Fitbit Ionic smartwatches.

Create and send up to five custom pre-populated quick replies of 60 characters or less to text messages and messenger apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

Female health tracking

Available to all adult users who identify as female in the Fitbit app to track their menstrual cycle and symptoms.

Makes it easier to manage their cycle with a more complete picture of health and fitness data all in one place.

Versa and Ionic users will also be able to view female health tracking information on-device.

More details below from the press release.

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Alert: HSA warns against high-mercury cosmetic products

Health Sciences Authority (HSA) in Singapore has warned the public against three products sold online found to contain potent undeclared ingredients – two of them with very high levels of Mercury.

The ‘Wonderglow Whitening Specialist Super Ultra Glowing Cream’ cosmetic set is one of the products found to contain excessive levels of mercury.
The ‘Wonderglow Whitening Specialist Super Ultra Glowing Cream’ cosmetic set is one of the products found to contain excessive levels of mercury.

The products were obtained from Malaysia and sold on various online platforms.

HSA had tested these products and found potent undeclared ingredients that are harmful and prohibited in the following products.

The three products and the potent ingredients found in them by the HSA.
The three products and the potent ingredients found in them by the HSA.

HSA has the following advice for consumers.

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TOMI chatbot from Tokio Marine finds nearest panel clinic

Tokio Marine Life Insurance Singapore Ltd. (TMLS) is introducing a new functionality to their TOMI chatbot – helping users find its nearest panel clinic in three steps.

Users previously had to refer to an online directory that listed all 539 network clinics.
Users previously had to refer to an online directory that listed all 539 network clinics.

The update will enable users to conveniently find suitable TMLS panel clinics within their designated search area.

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