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Motivated by his therapist’s words of encouragement, Yong Ming gradually opened up and started participating in his activity sessions.

In 2012, Tan Yong Ming started receiving Metta Home’s residential care service as his caregivers were unable to cope with caregiving duties at home. When not participating in his therapy activities, he keeps himself occupied by doing jigsaw puzzles and colouring, as well as enjoying virtual games with other Metta Home residents.

At first, Yong Ming was reluctant to join the therapy activities and would get anxious during these sessions. Preferring to stay in his comfort zone, he used to feel uneasy whenever he was tasked with new activities assisted by therapy staff whom he was unfamiliar with. He would simply look at the door whenever he was anxious.

With constant encouragement from his therapist and nurses, Yong Ming gradually opened up and started participating in his therapy activities. His natural curiosity also helped him become more engaged, following his therapist’s and nurses’ instructions and completing his tasks more independently. Yong Ming is now able to perform simple self-care tasks such as dressing up and eating.