Therapy Through Work (TTW)
Apex Harmony Lodge recognizes that most elderly in Singapore has a strong work ethic and work constitutes a major part of self-identity. Being diagnosed with dementia does not erase the need to utilise their skills and experiences to contribute meaningfully to society.
The TTW initiative was developed and designed to provide therapeutic effect with ‘Work’ as a medium for our residents who still find work meaningful and enriching them to live their pre-dementia life as much as possible. Under TTW, work-related initiatives are implemented with the aim to foster self-worth, purpose and dignity in our residents. These are the key components of good mental health and inextricably linked to their sense of being a valued person. These initiatives promote independence as our residents learn to take on tasks themselves over time, thereby reducing incapacity and learned helplessness. These initiatives could also potentially stimulate and maximize their cognitive abilities such as attention and recalling.
In every TTW programme, person-centred care forms the basis of programme design and delivery i.e. every resident is given the autonomy to decide the type of ‘Work’ activities he/she chooses to be engaged in. The Lodge supports and accommodates by ensuring that residents are able to carry out the tasks with success, i.e. within their maximized capacity and thereby creating rich experiences for them.
Since the inception of TTW in 2013, ‘Work’ has become an integral part of the vibrant and purposeful lifestyle of some residents in the Lodge. They look forward to every new day and enjoy the unique ‘Work’ as they are empowered to participate, enable them to contribute and being a valued person in society.
In-home: Residents who are not advised to join in-community activities due to health concerns have an option to participate in meaningful work in their respective Home.