For some of us, we are still fit, healthy and mobile. For some of us, we probably have difficulties leaving our house, and may be seriously feeling lonely at home. ST reported that more households seek services that provide companionship for elderly members. I am sure some of you have relatives and friends who are lonely at home, and in need of company; someone to chat with, share TV dramas together, need help with feeding or maybe just at home waiting for their sons and daughter-in-laws to return from work.
Even those with maids and family members at home may need to take some time off to go off for short errands and attend to children’s qactivities, thus leaving the senior at home.
Providing companionship to seniors can also include playing cards together, helping to prepare an afternoon tea or helping with simple basis exercises. It is interesting to read that most seniors who require companionship during certain day hours, prefer Singaporeans, as we have a better understanding of languages, dialects and culture. Another preference reported was the age range of 35 to 55, as this group understands seniors better.
Such services will increase in demand, as the baby boomers get older in Singapore. Service rates are around $20 per hour. With many family adults working today, our aging population will definitely need companionship and some home care in our homes. Like in our Asian culture, we looked after our children when they were young. For some families, we may have the luck to have our children looking after us. For others, we may want to live our SilverHairs years alone.
I hope to read your feedback and comments on this story. It is in the STraits Times, Home, Part B. Some of your feedback, thoughts, ideas and suggestions may be beneficial to government and institutional bodies. We may be able to pick up some good follow up ideas from here. Please respect the views of other members.
From your feedback, there is a niche demand for eldersitters or elderly companionship services, on a one-to-one. We also need to gauge if we have sufficient numbers to start an eldersitter servoice from within SilverHairsClub. If you would like to be an eldsersitter, under the umbrella of SilverHairs Enterprise and SilverHairsClub, please send me an email at admin@SilverHairsClub.com, expressing your interest. We would initially work on a first come basis.