Nursing home facility helps patients with fractures, stroke regain mobility through longer rehab

A nursing home facility that helps patients with fractures and stroke regain mobility has seen encouraging results. 

The 32-bed Grace Corner at the Salvation Army Peacehaven Nursing Home in Loyang is the first nursing home in Singapore, that provides a structured, low intensity rehabilitation programme over a period of three to six months, for patients with fractures and stroke. 

Usually, patients who suffer from hip fractures are discharged from community hospitals after five weeks' stay. 

But at Grace Corner, hip fracture patients whose conditions are more serious, return home only after 12 weeks of rehabilitation, to ensure that they regain full mobility. 

In the past 6 months, the transitional convalescent facility has admitted a total of 33 patients, half of whom have been successfully rehabilitated and returned home within 3 months. 

Preliminary data showed that Grace Corner's clients who have been discharged experienced an increased sense of well-being by 77% on average. 

Eight in 10 (80%) said they regained the mobility they had before they were hospitalized. 

The transitional convalescent facility care model was formed by the Health Ministry's Nursing Home Expert Panel and the Eastern Health Alliance through its members from the Salvation Army Peacehaven Nursing Home. 

Eastern Health Alliance members The Salvation Army Peacehaven Nursing Home and Changi General Hospital took up this idea and set up Grace Corner last December.