Personalized support program for new dementia patients launched in Singapore

The Lien Foundation, a private philanthropic organization which focuses on early childhood development and eldercare issues in Singapore, has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Disease Association (ADA) to strengthen support and services for those who are newly diagnosed with dementia. The hand-holding, done through one or two initial home visits and regular phone calls by a dedicated case worker, will continue for at least a year.

The S$2.6M program, also known as Post Diagnostic Support (PDS), aims to proactively equip persons with dementia and their caregivers with information, care connections and a customized care plan to ease the confusion and sense of helplessness they face when first told of their impending journey in coping with the condition.

Currently, a total of 186 people are on the program, including 126 from the Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) Memory Clinic and 60 from the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) memory and dementia care service. Referrals are received via the two hospitals. All newly diagnosed patients who consent to the program are eligible, but referrals are made based on the discretion of the healthcare professionals.

The National Neuroscience Institute (NNI) is the latest healthcare institution to have confirmed participation. Around 600 persons are diagnosed