Strengthening circle of care for at-risk children
At-risk children and their families will now get better support as they make the critical transition from preschool into Primary 1 as part of the Circle of Care pilot programme. At Lakeside and Gan Eng Seng Primary Schools, teachers and school counsellors work closerly with social workers and preschool teachers in the months before the children transit into Primary school.
Giving them a sense of purpose
This photo essay followed the journey of two residents from Apex Harmony Lodge and how the Lodge engaged them in various activities to maintain their independence and sense of self-worth. This is part of a larger project with the Foundation to transform and strengthen the Lodge's psyschosocial capabilties and programming.
"There's nowhere to be you"
Following from an earlier study on nursing homes in Singapore, celebrity host Ms Anita Kapoor volunteered to stay in a nursing home for two weeks. She recounted her experience staying in the home, and why there is a need to do better. The full documentary will be released at a later date.
Pilot of new early intervention service framework completed
Commissioned by the Lien Foundation in partnership with KK Women's and Children's Hospital and Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities, the pilot of the Early Childhood Holistic Outcomes (ECHO) service framework was completed in November 2016. By shifting the focus from domain mastery to the attainment of functional outcomes, the ECHO framework raises the efficacy of early intervention at a time when public expectations are rising amid increased government funding. 500 children and their families at 4 early intervention centres have benefitted so far. 100 professionals have been trained, with more than 70% finding it useful, feasible and important.
1st cohort of Principal Matters leadership programme participants visit Boston
24 preschool principals, who make up the 1st cohort of the Lien Foundation's Principal Matters leadership programme, spent more than a week in Boston learning from experts and exemplary preschools in October 2016. Organised by Wheelock College, the learning journey was curated around each principal's leadership focus area, which will be developed into a capstone project presented to the sector in early 2017. Journalists from The Straits Times accompanied the principals in Boston, and met other experts in New York to share best practices with policy-makers, teachers and parents in Singapore through their reportage.
Battling apathy, complacency and mediocrity
Mr Lee Poh Wah, CEO of Lien Foundation, was interviewed about his views on how philanthropic organisations can create better outcomes for society and the challenges they face in doing so. The interview described the Foundation's experience with the aborted Jade Circle nursing home project and the broader question of whether SIngaporeans should be content with the status quo in the nursing home sector. The Ministry Of Health issued a statement in response.
Entrepreneurship is not just a slogan in China, says Lenovo founder and Lien Distinguished Fellow 2016
At a talk organised by the Lien Ying Chow Legacy Fellowship and Business China, Mr Liu Chuanzhi, founder of Chinese tech giant Lenovo, said many opportunities for growth still exist in China despite the economic slowdown. Speaking as the 2016 Lien Distinguished Fellow, Mr Liu shared about his personal journey in growing Lenovo, before an audience of 1,000 at the Mandarin Orchard Hotel.
Joint survey with NTUC Income reveals S’porean’s views on ageing
A survey of almost 1,000 Singaporeans, jointly commissioned by the Lien Foundation and NTUC Income, painted a picture of Singaporeans' concerns and aspirations about ageing. The ability to care for oneself and age in place was ranked as Singaproeans' top concern. Health, financial readiness and a sense of purpose were listed among their biggest aspirations. Nearly half are willing to stay in assisted-living facilities, and 60% think that nursing home residents should stay in single or twin-bedded rooms.
• TODAY - 30 October 2016
• The Straits Times - 19 October 2016
• TODAY - 19 October 2016
• The New Paper - 19 October 2016
• Lianhe Zaobao - 19 October 2016
• My Paper - 19 October 2016
• Singapore Business Review - 19 October 2016
• Singaproe Tonight, Channel NewsAsia - 18 October 2016
• Channel 8 News - 18 October 2016
• 938 Live, 18 October 2016
• Capital 95.8FM News, 18 October 2016
• Ria 89.7FM News - 18 October 2016
• International Business Times - 18 October 2016
• The Edge Markets - 18 October 2016
• The Middle Ground - 18 October 2016
• Yahoo! Finance - 18 October 2016
"Life Asked Death" documentary tells story of bringing palliative care to Asia
A 26-minute online film which tells of the challenges and triumphs in bringing palliative care to different parts of Asia was jointly released by the Lien Foundation and the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network. It features interviews with people who were dying and in pain due to the lack of pain medication.
What is philanthropy (and what it should be)
The Epoch Times published a feature article that painted the landscape and history of philanthropy in Singapore and around the world. It described the Lien Foundation's unique approach to philanthropy and its underlying rationale.
Study highlights biggest challenges in nursing home sector
A study jointly commissioned by the Lien Foundation and the Khoo Chwee Neo Foundation highlighted the challenges that continue to plague the nursing home sector today even as the country braces for the silver tsunami. Featuring in-depth interviews with 50 long-term care experts - doctors, policymakers, acamics and operators who run 40 of Singapore's 72 nursing homes - the study was written by award-winning journalist Radha Basu, formerly from The Straits Times. Titled "Safe But Soulless", the study examines best practices, policy choices and potential pitfalls relating to the care management, manpower, finance and governance of nursing homes.
• Channel NewsAsia - 1 December 2016
• The Sunday Times - 6 November 2016
• The Straits Times Forum - 24 October 2016
• The New Paper - 23 October 2016
• The Straits Times Forum - 19 October 2016
• The Straits Times Forum - 13 October 2016
• The Middle Ground - 13 October 2016
• The Middle Ground - 13 October 2016
• The Middle Ground - 13 October 2016
• The Middle Ground - 11 October 2016
• The Straits Times - 6 October 2016
• TODAY - 6 October 2016
• Lianhe Zaobao - 6 October 2016
• Shinmin Daily News - 6 October 2016
• Singapore Business Review - 6 October 2016
• The Independent - 6 October 2016
• Singapore Tonight, Channel NewsAsia - 5 October 2016
• Channel 5 News - 5 October 2016
• Channel 8 News - 5 October 2016
• Channel U News - 5 October 2016
• 938 Live - 5 October 2016
• Capital 95.8FM News - 5 October 2016
Tonic for Seniors
The Lien Foundation's Exercise-as-Medicine initiative, Gym Tonic has since expanded to 25 eldercare facilities. Managed by Aged Care IT & Technology company, Pulsesync, this initiative adopted state-of-the-art exercise machines that combines technology with customised strength training for the frail elderly. To date, over 1,000 elderly are on the programme.
A "home", away from home
The Lien Foundation organised a visit for journalists from The Straits Times, and 联合早报 to learn how Japan copes with an aging populace. The journalists visited four different types of residential care facilities for the elderly, and learnt how the nursing care sector in Japan has evolved to preserve quality of care even as eldercare facilities have grown. During the same trip, they visited a pioneering eldercare centre in Japan, the Dream of Mizuumi Centre, which transformed elderly daycare by providing a hub where the seniors themselves decide on their activities and are encouraged to be as independent as possible.
Shifting away from “archaic” nursing care models
The Lien Foundation and Khoo Chwee Neo Foundation have commissioned global strategy consultancy, Oliver Wyman (OW) to evaluate the evidence and best practices of new models of care for nursing homes, and what it would take to operationalize a habilitative model with home-like environment, privacy & person-centred care in Singapore. OW’s analysis of a working habilitative nursing home model, dubbed Silver Hope, has revealed that the additional cost for such a model would be modest. A nursing home under the Silver Hope model with 20% single and 80% twin rooms could be made possible at an additional $8 to $13 per resident per day, primarily due to construction and staffing costs.
• IT Figures - 24 October 2016
• The Sunday Times - 7 August 2016
• The Straits Times - 3 August 2016
• The Straits Times - 29 July 2016
• TODAY - 29 July 2016
• Lianhe Zaobao - 29 July 2016
• Channel NewsAsia - 28 July 2016
• Channel 5 News - 28 July 2016
• Shinmin Daily News - 28 July 2016
• Yahoo! News - 28 July 2016
• Capital 95.8FM - 21 June 2016
Mediacorp documentary tells rags-to-riches story of Dr Lien Ying Chow
Mediacorp dedicated an episode in a documentary series about Singapore's pioneers to Dr Lien Ying Chow, founder of the Lien Foundation. It describes how he went from penniless migrant to builder of a banking empire, a story that mirrors the rise of Singapore.
More support for children with special needs required: Survey
Part 2 of the Lien Foundation’s Inclusive Attitudes Survey gave a voice to parents of young children with special needs. Conducted in partnership with Blackbox Research and 20 SPED schools and EIPIC centres, the survey polled 835 parents who expressed their desire for stronger laws and better school support, and shed light on their little-known daily lives.
• The Straits Times - 1 December 2016
• Talking Point - 11 August 2016
• The Sunday Times - 31 July 2016
• The New Paper - 18 July 2016
• The Straits Times - 5 July 2016
• Lianhe Zaobao - 5 July 2016
• AsiaOne - 5 July 2016
• TODAY - 4 July 2016
• The Straits Times - 4 July 2016
• Channel NewsAsia - 4 July 2016
• Channel 5 News - 4 July 2016
• Capital 958 radio - 4 July 2016
• Channel 8 News - 4 July 2016
Superhero Me - The Special Edition
The third edition of the Superhero Me project was launched in mid-2016 at Objectifs Chapel Gallery in partnership with Logue, In Merry Motion, Ripple Root, Omni, and the National Arts Council. Using the power of art and costume-making to develop resilience in children with special needs, the programme brought typically-developing children and children with special needs together co-create art, step into each others' shoes, and see the world through a different lens.
Walking the talk (or not)
The Lien Foundation’s Inclusive Attitudes Survey (Part 1) presented a provocative picture of Singaporeans not walking the talk when it comes to the inclusion of children with special needs. The survey results were reported in the major media outlets, and followed by a lively exchange of commentaries, discussions on television talk shows, and readers’ forum letters.
• The Sunday Times - 12 June 2016
• The Straits Times - 9 June 2016
• The Straits Times - 8 June 2016
• The Straits Times - 1 June 2016
• The Straits Times - 31 May 2016
• My Paper - 31 May 2016
• TODAY - 31 May 2016
• Lianhe Zaobao - 31 May 2016
• Shinmin Daily News - 31 May 2016
• Mothership.sg - 31 May 2016
• Channel NewsAsia - 31 May 2016
• Capital 95.8FM News - 30 May 2016
Living with invisible disabilities
Insight reports on how social stigma still blights people with hidden disabilities such as autism. In this area, the Lien Foundation has commissioned a survey to poll the attitudes and concerns Singaporeans have towards social inclusion, and inclusive education for children.
Forging a child's wonderland
Lekker Architects is featured for their award-winning works in the design of spaces for children. Amongst others, The Caterpillar’s Cove, a joint initiative between the Lien Foundation and NTUC First Campus, is a winner of the President’s Design Award 2015 (Design of the Year)
40 years and trailblazing
Started originally as part of Overseas Union Bank before it was spun off as an independent company, Mandate Communications celebrated its 40th anniversary, marking a milestone as Singapore’s oldest homegrown creative agency. In recent years, it has also worked closely with the Foundation in awareness initiatives that were warmly received, including Die Die Must Say and Forget Us Not.
• Lianhe Zaobao - 5 May 2016
George goes to Japan
The Lien Foundation’s annual reports are an extension of the radical philanthropy philosophy it espoused. Its latest annual report outlined George’s (the given name of the Foundation’s founder) journey to Japan, juxtaposing key learning points and observations with the Foundation’s works.
Lessons from Australia's preschools
In May 2016, the Lien Foundation organised a learning visit for early childhood practitioners and journalists to preschools and government offices in Adelaide and Melbourne. The aim was to develop a deeper understanding of the integrated approach to childcare, in which a preschool becomes a one-stop shop for not only the educational, but also the healthcare, social work and community services that young families need. The visit was arranged by Australian early childhood veterans Professors Fred and Marjory Ebbeck and we were accompanied by representatives from NTUC First Campus, AWWA, Circle Of Care, and journalists from The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao.
In partnership with SEED Institute, Wheelock College, UniSIM and Korn Ferry Hay Group (KFHG), the Lien Foundation launched the Principal Matters leadership initiative to develop future-ready preschool principals. It is built atop a new competency model specially developed by KFHG for the Singapore ECE sector. Through interviews with 50 leaders including ECDA Fellows, business owners, HR experts and veteran principals from private, non- profit and anchor operators, key competencies of principals were identified, coded and benchmarked against KFHG’s global database of leadership competencies.
• Consultancy.uk - 3 May 2016
• The Straits Times - 29 April 2016
• The Straits Times - 28 April 2016
• My Paper - 28 April 2016
• Shinmin Daily News - 28 April 2016
• TODAY - 28 April 2016
• Capital 95.8FM News - 28 April 2016
• Capital 95.8FM News - 27 April 2016
Art of the Possible
In a ST primer that discussed how community groups and the State can work together to support ground-up community interventions, the Lien Foundation was cited for its Mission: I’mPossible initiative. Piloted with KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital and the PAP Community Foundation, the early detection and intervention programme for children with mild developmental needs has since been mainstreamed nationally.
Inclusive preschool over-subscribed within 3 months
At the end of its first term, the inclusive preschool Kindle Garden is over-subscribed. 55 of its 75 places are filled, with a wait-list of 25 typically-developing children and 100 special needs children. The balance of 20 vacancies are reserved for K2-age children and there are none on the wait list, a situation consistent with new preschools in their first year of operations. All parents of the children at Kindle Garden – special needs and typically-developing – provided consent for their children to be featured by media photographers, an encouraging sign of their belief in the value of inclusive education. More details of the preschool in this factsheet.
• Young Parents Magazine - 4 April 2016
• Channel NewsAsia - 3 April 2016
• The Straits Times - 1 April 2016
• My Paper - 1 April 2016
• TODAY - 1 April 2016
• Lianhe Zaobao - 1 April 2016
• Channel 8 News - 31 March 2016
Preschool teachers on TV
The Lien Foundation and NTUC First Campus jointly commissioned MediaCorp to produce "My First School", an 8-episode drama serial to elevate the public appreciation of early childhood education. It starred 2015's Top 10 actress Julie Tan and heartland favourites Xiang Yun, Chew Chor Meng and Chen Liping, best known for her role as school principal "Ai Yo-Yo" in the 1989 hit Good Morning Sir.
Expanding Circle of Care to support children up to Primary 3
Developed by Lien Foundation and Care Corner, the Circle of Care (COC) programme is a multi-disciplinary, child-centric model that combines social work, learning support and parental involvement. Three years after its launch, the COC has expanded to nine preschools and two primary schools. The ground-up collaboration aims to create a structured transition, especially for at-risk children from disadvantaged families, from preschool into primary school.
• The Straits Times - 23 May 2016
• Lianhe Zaobao - 23 May 2016
• The Straits Times - 3 March 2016
• My Paper - 3 March 2016
• TODAY - 3 March 2016
• Lianhe Zaobao - 3 March 2016
• Berita Harian - 3 March 2016
• Channel NewsAsia - 2 March 2016
• Shinmin Daily News - 2 March 2016
• 938 Live - 2 March 2016
• Capital 95.8FM News - 2 March 2016
Campaign to foster Singapore’s first dementia-friendly estate in Yishun
Together with Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and supported by the Singapore Police Force, the Lien Foundation announced Forget Us Not, a multi-pronged effort that comprises music videos, a short film, social media video experiments, handy guides, and getais. The campaign seeks to draw public support for dementia sufferers and recruits organisations and individuals to sign up as dementia friends.
• The Straits Times - 12 December 2016
• The Straits Times - 21 September 2016
• Channel NewsAsia - 26 July 2016
• Capital 95.8FM - 21 June 2016
• Channel NewsAsia - 12 June 2016
• Shinmin Daily News - 5 June 2016
• Shinmin Daily News - 30 May 2016
• Shinmin Daily News - 29 May 2016
• Shinmin Daily News - 15 May 2016
• Shinmin Daily News - 17 April 2016
• The Straits Times - 12 April 2016
• Shinmin Daily News - 21 March 2016
• Shinmin Daily News - 20 March 2016
• Shinmin Daily News - 12 March 2016
• Talking Point - 10 March 2016
• Shinmin Daily News - 22 February 2016
• The Straits Times - 22 January 2016
• The Straits Times - 21 January 2016
• TODAY - 21 January 2016
• The New Paper - 21 January 2016
• Lianhe Zaobao - 21 January 2016
• Latin American Herald Tribune - 21 January 2016
• ChannelNewsAsia - 20 January 2016
• Singapore Tonight, Channel NewsAsia - 20 January 2016
• Channel 5 News - 20 January 2016
• Channel 8 News - 20 January 2016
• Shinmin Daily News - 20 January 2016
• Lianhe Wanbao- 20 January 2016
• 938 Live - 20 January 2016
• One FM 91.3 News - 20 January 2016
• Capital 95.8FM News - 20 January 2016
• Agelessonline - 20 January 2016
The future of nursing homes
Following the announcement of Project Jade Circle in February 2015, the project has been shelved as the Ministry of Health has indicated that it is unable to extend government subsidies to means-tested residents staying in the single or twin rooms. Modelled after the Green House concept in the US, the facility was originally designed as a Centre of Excellence for dementia care, with the rooms designed to provide greater privacy, and promote the well-being of persons with dementia.Two academics and The Sunday Times opined on what this heralds in term of the type of nursing homes that Singaporeans want, and the role of regulators when it comes to balancing public good versus innovation.
Plans for Jade Circle nursing home shelved
Several months after the Feb 2015 announcement of Project Jade Circle, the project was shelved when the Ministry of Health indicated that it was unable to extend government subsidies to means-tested residents staying in the single or twin rooms. Modelled after the Green House concept in the US, the facility was designed as a Centre of Excellence for dementia care, with the rooms designed to provide greater privacy, and promote the well-being of persons with dementia. News that the project had been shelved sparked a discussion in the media about the desirability and sustainability of providing single and twin-bedded wards in nursing homes.
Call to improve Quality of Death worldwide
Following the inaugural index in 2010, the Foundation released the 2015 Quality of Death Index which was conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The Index ranked palliative care in 80 countries and consulted over 120 experts worldwide.
The Index was covered by prominent international media such as CNN, BBC, The Guardian, Time, and Fortune. The stories ran by wire services such as AFP, Kyodo (Japan), DPA (Germany) and Bernama (Malaysia) added to the reach of the coverage. Besides the major Western and Asian countries, the study received media interest in countries such as Costa Rica, Mongolia, Russia, Morocco, the Dominican Republic, and South Africa. It was also covered in prestigious medical journals such as the British Medical Journal and The Lancet Oncology.
• First Look Asia, Channel NewsAsia - 26 October 2015
• The Straits Times - 15 October 2015
• Six-Six News - 9 October 2015
• The Straits Times - 7 October 2015
• TODAY - 7 October 2015
• The New Paper - 7 October 2015
• Lianhe Zaobao - 7 October 2015
• ChannelNewsAsia - 6 October 2015
• Singapore Tonight, Channel NewsAsia - 6 October 2015
• The Business Times - 6 October 2015
• The New Paper - 6 October 2015
• Shinmin Daily News - 6 October 2015
• Lianhe Wanbao- 6 October 2015
• Yahoo News - 6 October 2015
• Coconuts Singapore - 6 October 2015
• 938 Live - 6 October 2015
The international media listings of the Index can be accessed here.
Inspiring new thinking about Education
As part of its StartWell initiative, the Lien Foundation collaborated with Singapore’s flagship newspaper to organise The Straits Times Education Forum 2015. Featuring eminent speakers such as paediatric otolaryngologist Dr Dana Suskind (founder of Chicago’s 30 Million Words Initiative) and psychiatrist Dr Stuart Brown (founder of California’s National Institute for Play), the Forum sought to broaden parents’ and educators’ appreciation of quality preschool education.
• The Sunday Times – 28 June 2015
• The Straits Times - 19 June 2015
• The Sunday Times - 14 June 2015
• The Sunday Times - 7 June 2015
• The Straits Times - 6 June 2015
• The Sunday Times - 31 May 2015
• The Sunday Times - 24 May 2015
Exercise as Medicine for the Frail Elderly
The Lien Foundation’s project Gym Tonic was launched to introduce Exercise-as-Medicine to 12 eldercare facilities. Led by Aged Care IT & Technology company, Pulsesync, this initiative adopted state-of-the-art exercise machines that combines technology with customised strength training for the frail elderly.
• ScandAsia – 14 September 2015
• The Straits Times – 30 August 2015
• Lianhe Zaobao - 30 August 2015
• The Business Times – 17 July 2015
• The Straits Times – 17 April 2015
• Lianhe Zaobao – 17 April 2015
• TODAY – 16 April 2015
• Shin Min Daily News – 16 April 2015
• Channel NewsAsia – 16 April 2015
• 938 Live – 16 April 2015
• Capital 958 – 16 April 2015
Putting ‘Heart’ and ‘Home’ into the Nursing Home
The Lien Foundation, Khoo Chwee Neo Foundation and The Salvation Army Peacehaven Nursing Home came together to pioneer a new model of residential care for persons living with dementia. Doing away with the usual ward setting, Project 'Jade Circle' will create a home-like environment designed to offer more privacy, social living spaces and recreation. It will achieve these by offering only single and twin-sharing rooms with ensuite bathrooms and family-friendly facilities; and adopting care practices that focused on residents' autonomy, warmth, and intimacy. Smart technology will be a key enhancer to improve quality of care and boost operational efficiency.The project includes a dementia day care, and training facilities to boost staff and sectoral capabilities in dementia care.
• Cubes Indesign - April/May 2015
• The Straits Times – 9 April 2015
• The Straits Times – 13 February 2015
• Lianhe Zaobao – 13 February 2015
• The New Paper – 13 February 2015
• My Paper – 13 February 2015
• Channel NewsAsia – 12 February 2015
• Shin Min Daily News – 12 February 2015
• Capital 958 – 12 February 2015
• Tamil Seithi – 12 February 2015