Mdm Mugiah, resident at MWS Nursing Home – Yew Tee.
During the pandemic, the disadvantaged and low-income families and individuals who are already living with many uncertainties found themselves facing even greater and deeper insecurities. These are often unseen realities of individuals who wake up not knowing if they are able to get the medical attention they need, put food on the table or still have their job.
MWS’ network of care is extended through 21 centres and programmes to support over 8,000 beneficiaries every day. To meet the urgent needs of people who require additional help during these difficult times, the MWS Specific Assistance scheme was created.
This year, we estimated that $2.36 million is needed to provide critical and immediate help for individuals and families in need of emergency funds to tide them over. Beneficiaries have used these funds to cover essential daily living costs such as utilities, rentals, phone bills, food, milk powder, diapers and medical fees.
Children from low-income families do not have resources to keep up with school.
Low-income frail and ill seniors who need long-term care worry if they can afford even subsidised fees.
89-year-old Mdm Mugiah Binte Karjo is one of the many beneficiaries who has benefitted from the MWS Specific Assistance scheme. Mdm Mugiah was admitted to MWS Nursing Home – Yew Tee (NHYT) after a bad fall which caused her to be bedbound and to need constant care.
She said, “There are nurses here to attend to my needs. I have a nurse whom I’m especially fond of – she will always come over to talk to me and find out how I’m doing.”
Besides receiving professional care, Mdm Mugiah, who has neither savings nor family support, also received assistance from MWS to apply for various grants, including medical fee waivers. In addition, MWS absorbed the fees for transport and medical escort services to ensure that Mdm Mugiah can continue receiving the care she needs.
Mdm Mugiah is among thousands of beneficiaries under our care who face tremendous uncertainties in their lives. Please give generously today to give them the certainty that they deeply hope for.
Families in chronic debt may face disruptions to basic needs like water and electricity supply, causing them anxiety and affecting their daily lives.
Families experiencing unemployment or reduced income, and who have little savings, are struggling to keep up with rising costs of living.
Frail and sick seniors need ready access to medical and nursing care at home which they cannot afford.