|Eldercare Nursing Home, Taman Seputeh|
Over the past couple of weeks, my young friend Perrin and I have been on a quest to find a suitable nursing home - she for her 87-year old granny, and me for my 85-year old mother. Both women recently underwent hip surgery after a fall at home. Perrin and I have been exchanging notes on the homes we have visited and crossing them off our list one by one. It's easier to find an oasis in a desert than finding a home that meets our standards.
|A locked gate drives away visitors, and makes one wonder about the quality of life for the residents in this nursing home.|
Inside you are greeted with an equally depressing sight of elderly folks shuffling aimlessly about, or sitting around looking blankly at the TV screen. The bedridden ones lie there with their faces to the wall or just staring at the ceiling. I am sure the days pass painfully slowly for most of these aged residents. There is nothing to look forward to each day except meals and, if they are lucky, a rare visit from a family member.
|First impression counts, and it begins with a bright welcoming smile.|
It was lunch time when I dropped in unannounced last Saturday with some friends. The food looked inviting enough. We had a peek into the bedrooms and bathrooms, and were pleased at what we saw. All rooms have queen-sized beds, with comfortable mattresses and clean sheets. Hospital-type beds are available on request.
Residents have a choice of single rooms or 2-4 beds in a room. Each single room comes with a flat-screen TV (with Astro), and some have an attached bathroom. Monthly charges start at Rm1850, with an extra Rm300 for diapers if needed. Apparently, there are no vacancies at the moment, and there's a long waiting list.
|The spacious lobby with a mini-fountain and an ornate staircase leading to the upper floors.|
(Update on 27 Oct 2011: Since this article was posted, Eldercare has moved from Taman Seputeh to the new home at Eldercare Villa in Jalan Klang Lama. Click here to access their new website for more info.)
|One of the air-conditioned rooms at Eldercare Villa.|
|Brian has years of experience running a nursing home in the UK, and wife Sonia is a UK-trained nurse. The couple looks set to change the face of nursing homes in Malaysia.|
|The landscaped garden at My Manor.|
|Bellevue Residential Homecare is just round the corner from EPF, Jalan Gasing.|
And so my quest for a good nursing home continues...
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