Metta Home for the Disabled and Metta Home Day Activity Centre

The Metta Home for the Disabled and Metta Home Day Activity Centre (慈光乐陶苑及智障日间活动中心) were set up in December 2000 to offer community care options to adults with intellectual disabilities who are aged between 18 and 55.

Funded by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF), the former is a purpose-built facility designed to accommodate 103 residents, whereas the latter is supported under the MSF and Tote Board Social Service Fund to provide day care services for a capacity of 50 beneficiaries.

Our programmes aim to equip all recipients with the skills and means to lead independent and fulfilling lives, so as to achieve social integration and quality of life.

Tending them with holistic care and working closely with their primary caregivers to provide well-rounded support is a multi-disciplinary team comprising a social worker, training officers, staff nurses, assistant nurses, nursing and therapy aides.

Adult Residential Services

Centred on the concept of a seamless care continuum, our services seek to integrate our residents into the normal flow of lives, while ensuring that their transitions into different life phases are planned around their needs and priorities.

Characterised by enhanced versatility and accessibility, our programmes are structured to suit residents of various age groups and disability profiles.

With moderate to severe disabilities effecting higher functional limitations in them, our training and intervention strategies focus on developing their capabilities in self-help, community living, socialisation, perceptual-cognitive and motor skills.

Mastery of self-help skills are taught via training programmes and assimilated into their daily routines to help them carry out activities of daily living with minimal assistance.

Group sports are introduced with the objectives of interaction, rehabilitation and fitness in mind.

Encouraging normal patterns of living and boosting their emotional well-being are community-based programmes that engender warmth and integration.

Outings to places of interest and use of public amenities are conducted thrice weekly in small groups to maintain relevant community exposure, from which they learn to adopt appropriate social behaviour.

Attending to their health care needs round-the-clock are qualified live-in nurses. In addition, specialist intervention services like physiotherapy and occupational therapy are carried out for residents and day care beneficiaries who suffer from impaired motor skills, while sensory activities are included for residents with severe to profound disabilities.

Day Activity Services

Despite framework similarities to our sister centre Metta Day Activity Centre for the Intellectually Disabled, our training curriculum is customised to meet our beneficiaries’ unique needs and capabilities.

Besides covering areas like activities of daily living and community living skills, it also focuses on pre-vocational skills, social and recreational involvement, as well as enrichment programmes to reinforce their independent living skills, adaptive behaviour and social attributes.

Cooking lessons are held on Mondays, whereas social outings are conducted between Tuesdays and Thursdays to promote community living skills. Hydrotherapy sessions take place every Friday.

Admission

Admission is open to individuals of any racial or religious background who are:

  • A Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Aged between 18 and 55
  • Medically certified to have an intellectual disorder and/or minor physical disability
  • Medically certified to be free from mental illnesses

Parents/guardians of applicants will be interviewed by our Admission Committee. They must be able to visit their charges at least once a week. All applications must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • Medical report
  • Psychiatric report
  • Psychological report
  • Social report

How You Can Help

We are seeking volunteers for:

  • Kitchen support in washing the cutlery
  • Environment support in maintaining the cleanliness of premises and the outdoor garden
  • Support for our clients in leading them in regular exercise and in outings

We are seeking donations-in-kind for:

  • Adult diapers
  • Shower gel, shampoo, toothpaste
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Groceries, vegetarian canned food

To prevent any outbreaks, we can only accept new items in unopened packaging.

To make an online donation to
Metta Home for the Disabled
Donate
To make an online donation to
Metta Home Day Activity Centre
Donate
For more details, please
contact us at 6365 7666
Key Facts & Figures
Metta Home for the Disabled
Commenced in December 2000
86 beneficiaries. 51 staff.
Metta Home Day Activity Centre
Commenced in December 2000
29 beneficiaries. 5 staff.

– as at 1 Oct 2021

Where we are located

2 Woodlands Street 31 Singapore (738580)
Service Hours: Mon to Fri – 8.30am to 5.30pm
Telephone: 6365 7666 | Fax: 6365 7555
Email: mettahome@metta.org.sg

Metta Day Activity Centre (MDAC)

The Metta Day Activity Centre for the Intellectually Disabled (慈光智障日间活动中心), is one of Metta’s earliest centres inaugurated. Established in 1995, it has served adults with intellectual disabilities, aged between 18 and 55 years old by offering them a place in which they can engage meaningfully with staff and fellow clients and improve their quality of life.

IDAC also runs as a self-sufficient centre with its own kitchen, training and recreational wing at the void deck premises of Hougang. The skills that our clients learn in IDAC are similar to that of Metta Home for the Disabled & Metta Home Activity Centre (MHDAC), which is targeted at Daily Living skills, Community Living Skills, as well as Behavioural Management.

Partially funded by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) and National Council of Social Service (NCSS), our day care services cater for beneficiaries aged between 18 and 55 from various races and religions, who are diagnosed with intellectual impairment such as Down’s Syndrome, autism and developmental delay.

Such disorders often result in co-occurring conditions like impairment in adaptive functioning, which impede their communication, self-care and cognitive learning abilities.

Individual Care Plans

Designed to help our beneficiaries achieve maximum gains in their abilities, individual care plans are developed to formulate client-centric programmes that enhance their existing and latent capabilities.

Detailing specific interventions that address the needs and challenges unique to their disability profiles, these plans are executed via a comprehensive training curriculum, covering areas such as activities of daily living and community living skills.

The former promote their mastery of self-help skills, while the latter enable them to function adequately at home and in the community.

Measurable goals and objectives are determined regularly to define realistic standards and targets for subsequent evaluations of their progress. To ensure that they are well on track, we monitor and record their developments daily.

At the end of every six months, our care professionals hold case conferences with their primary caregivers to review their performance outcomes.

Proficiency milestones, programme and behavioural modifications are then charted in the setting of future targets.

This approach ensures that relevant programmes are consistently developed to meet the recipients’ changing needs, thus helping them gain desired levels of progress.

All programme outcomes and results are submitted to and assessed by the NCSS on a quarterly basis.

In tandem, we work closely with the governing bodies to augment our service model and professional competencies.

Value-added Programmes

Going beyond their immediate needs, we provide our beneficiaries with equal access to mainstream opportunities, which are vital platforms for them to exercise choices, integration and independence.

Catering for their social and emotional well-being are group activities like excursions and grassroots events that keep them actively involved in the community, whereas creative pursuits the likes of arts and crafts, gardening, sensory stimulation and singing promote constructive hobbies and useful life skills in them.

Exercise routines are conducted every morning to improve their physical and functional fitness.

For those who have weak motor coordination skills or postural abnormalities, occupational therapy and physiotherapy are provided. Additionally, swimming and outdoor games are offered as rehabilitative sports.

Admission and Fees

Admission is open to individuals of any racial or religious background who are:

  • A Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Aged between 18 and 55
  • Diagnosed with intellectual disability
  • Medically certified to be free from mental illnesses, extreme behavioural problems and severe epileptic seizures
  • Medically certified to be fit for participation in our training programmes and require no regular medical or nursing care
  • Mobile or ambulatory without the need for any technical or assistive device
  • Able to perform basic activities of daily living with minimal assistance

Fees are charged according to the per capita monthly income of each client’s family. Subsidies for needy clients are considered on a case-to-case basis.

How You Can Help

We are seeking donations and sponsorships for:

  • Therapy equipment
  • Interior furnishings
  • Training programmes for our beneficiaries
  • Social outings
  • Meal costs
  • Canned or packaged rations for distribution to our beneficiaries who come from low-income families

To prevent any outbreaks, we can only accept new items in unopened packaging.

To make an online donation to
Metta Day Activity Centre for the Intellectually Disabled
Donate
For more details, please
contact us at 6385 2913
Key Facts & Figures
Commenced in January 1995
32 beneficiaries. 11 staff.

– as at 1 Oct 2021

Where we are located

Blk 627 Hougang Avenue 8 #01-130 Singapore (530627)
Service Hours: Mon to Fri – 8.30 am to 5.30 pm
Telephone: 6385 2913 | Fax: 6385 2914
Email: hidac@metta.org.sg