Today, many more seniors are living on their own and are at risk of being socially isolated. Through the Community Befriending Programme (CBP), Singapore Red Cross offers friendship and assistance to single elderly to ensure their well-being.
Apart from organising social outings and regular visits, our CBP volunteers and responders also introduce relevant social services and other Red Cross’ services to the elderly beneficiaries. These include Medical Chaperone and Transportation (MCT) under the TransportAid Programme , a subsidised transport and chaperone service to bring the elderly to their medical appointments; FoodAid, a supplementary food-voucher service that promotes healthy eating habits; and Community Health on Wheels (CHoW), a traveling healthcare service to bring basic wellness programmes to seniors in the heartlands. We also safeguard the safety of elderly persons through a non-invasive Home Monitoring and Eldercare (HoME+) service, with motion sensors that alert volunteer responders to check in, when inactive movement or activities are detected.