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Yishun wellness centre for seniors, caregivers opens

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Wellness hub at Yishun offers free hand massages, aromatherapy services

Seniors and caregivers in Yishun can enjoy free hand massages and aromatherapy services at a centre that opened at Block 838 Yishun Street 81 yesterday.

The GoodLife!@Yishun centre is a one-stop wellness hub and resource centre with its own cafe offering residents free coffee and tea.

Run by voluntary welfare organisation Montfort Care and supported by the Nee Soon South community, the 345 sq m centre is located opposite Khatib MRT station.

During the massage sessions, volunteers can engage caregivers or seniors to uncover issues they may be facing or help them relieve stress.

The centre also runs senior-related activities and programmes to promote physical, mental, social and spiritual wellness. For example, it has a community chef programme where Montfort Care employees encourage seniors to share recipes and cooking tips.

The centre also offers case management, counselling, caregivers' support groups, dementia and mental health screenings, as well as active ageing and befriending programmes.

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In addition, it facilitates advanced care plan discussions where a senior's personal values and beliefs are considered when drawing up his future personal and healthcare needs.

Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam attended the centre's opening yesterday along with fellow Nee Soon GRC MP Lee Bee Wah.

Student care officer Sally Low, 47, who lives a 10-minute bus ride away from the centre, intends to be at the centre at least once a month.


Ms Low, an only child who helps care for her mother in a nursing home, said: "I have cancer, and the chemotherapy causes numbness in my hands.

"I am happy to come here because the massages help get rid of the numbness. The aromatherapy also helps me relax."

Volunteer Kalsom Abdullah, 61, who helps out with the centre's community chef programme and elderly befriending services, said: "I feel volunteering here is meaningful because I get to help the less fortunate.

"By volunteering here, I hope to encourage the kampung spirit in Yishun in my own small way, especially for the elderly and caregivers."

The community and private donors earlier this year raised the $300,000 needed to renovate the space.