Occupation is a natural part of life. Using work-like activities as a medium, TTW aims to achieve psychosocial well-being through recultivating purposeful lives, promoting independence and contributing to normalised living. Thus, for those who still find work meaningful, TTW provides opportunities for healthy socialisation and cognitive stimulation, which can slow down cognitive deterioration in PWDs and MCI and continue providing them with a sense of self and dignity.
Benefits of TTW
- Regain confidence and self-esteem
- Promotes active lifestyle
- Connectedness through opportunities for social interaction
- Cognitive stimulation through work-like activities
- Respite for caregivers
Semi-Independent Model for Persons with MCI
While many programmes require a diagnosis of dementia, there is a significant prevalence of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in Singapore – a surprising 12.5%. This large community is often overlooked by traditional healthcare and community programmes, and persons with MCI may find themselves out of employment due to their diagnosis. The semi-independent model of TTW aims to empower them through work by unleashing their potential with more advanced and varied tasks than those in the supported model.
By equipping employers with the necessary resources, processes, and frameworks for MCI-inclusive employment, TTW’s semi-independent model fosters an inclusive and accessible employment model with MCI-friendly policies and practices. In this way, TTW can provide a normalized supportive ecosystem for caregivers while co-creating an inclusive workforce and community through partnerships with like-minded employers.