My simple gestures of care include wheeling patients to the
garden to have their lunch when I know they prefer to be in the outdoors or
offering to take them to the hospital cafeteria for a cup of coffee and a chat,
when I sense that something is bothering them. I also bought jigsaw puzzles and
alphabet templates to make therapy sessions more interesting for patients with
mild cognitive impairment. I enjoy lending a listening ear to patients and
comforting them in times of need.
I always had an interest in joining healthcare since I was
part of the Red Cross Youth in school, but I chose not to due to a phobia of
blood. It was the deaths of my mother and husband several years ago that
prompted me to overcome her phobia and pursue a career as a therapy assistant.
I saw the pain my loved ones went through and the good medical
care they received. Those experiences motivated me to join the healthcare industry
as a way of giving back.
Senior Therapy Assistant, Therapy Services (Occupational Therapy)
Ang Mo Kio-Thye Hua Kwan Hospital
Winner of the
Superstar–Special Mention Award (ILTC), Singapore Health Quality Service Awards