On 14 Nov 2018, Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) celebrated the opening of our first nursing home in 18 years—the MWS Nursing Home-Yew Tee. The event was graced by Guest-of-Honour, Minister for Health, Mr Gan Kim Yong; Minister for National Development and Member of Parliament for Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC, Mr Lawrence Wong; as well as MWS Patron, Bishop Dr Chong Chin Chung of The Methodist Church in Singapore.
At the opening ceremony, MWS Chairperson, the Rev Dr Daniel Koh, painted a vision of hope. “The residents at MWS Nursing Home-Yew Tee live with dignity, independence and autonomy. It is our hope that they will be able to live to the fullest, regardless of the conditions they may face.”
The nursing home is designed around a “home away from home” concept to provide a familiar and warm environment for the chronically ill residents. The living spaces exude a homely atmosphere with soft colour tones and cosy furnishings. A wide selection of programmes such as communal dining, outings to coffee shops, pet therapy and pastoral care help the seniors relax and socialise. We also supplement medical and nursing care with psychosocial support, and individualised therapy for dementia patients.
Show You Care: Join The Giving Methodist 2019
While facilities can be built and formal programmes designed, the caring touch requires much more support from the wider community. Jesus taught that the second greatest commandment is to “Love your neighbour as yourself.” Have you considered how you can get meaningfully involved to fulfil this command?
Back for a second year, The Giving Methodist (TGM) campaign will run during Lent from 6 March to 13 April 2019. More than 200 volunteering and outreach opportunities in befriending, running programmes and activities, and distributing food to the poor and in-need will be made available through MWS’s 19 centres and participating Methodist churches.
Be it trying something new or leveraging on skills and experience, volunteers have shared how they have been blessed by their volunteer experience. Chew Wei Ting, a volunteer who gave four years to MWS Girls’ Residence, said, “I am truly grateful for the journey and have been rewarded with stronger interpersonal skills for myself.”
We invite all Methodists and friends who love Jesus and want to honour Him during the season of Lent, to be part of TGM by giving your time, voice or a donation to the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged. May the Methodist spirit of social holiness arise!
By the Methodist Welfare Services Communications Team
Photos courtesy of the Methodist Welfare Services