Yishun, like Woodlands, is also a neighbourhood in Singapore designated as a DFC. The government, private merchants, community organisations, and health and social care partners are involved in making the Yishun community more inclusive for persons living with dementia.
Like other DFCs, Yishun has dementia Go-To Points. One such point at the Sree Narayana Mission Nursing Home is a 24/7 Go-To Point, ensuring that there is round-the-clock support for persons living with dementia in Yishun.4
Notably, the now nationwide Forget Us Not collaborative campaign involving Lien Foundation, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) and Dementia Singapore, which first started as a ground-up initiative in 2016 at KTPH, has conducted education and training sessions for personnel both islandwide and in the Yishun vicinity, where KTPH is located. Amongst other initiatives that the campaign has seen, staff at KTPH’s call centre and Yishun Community Hospital, including more frequently front-facing staff such as security personnel and those stationed at public-facing areas of the hospitals, have undergone dementia training.5,6
The neighbourhood also features blocks repainted with distinctive colours and block numbers to help persons living with dementia differentiate between them, enhancing the ease with which they navigate the area. Murals of fishes, trees and pineapples reminiscent of Yishun’s history were also created to build a sense of the area’s identity amongst residents.
Yishun Integrated Transport Hub, which opened in 2019, is an example of how infrastructure can be designed with an eye on including persons living with dementia. It features a more elder- and dementia-inclusive physical environment, with larger and more easy-to-read directional signs, barrier-free bus boarding and alighting points, and a quiet room for commuters to access a quiet and calming environment. A dementia Go-To Point allows members of the public to guide persons living with dementia to a designated place where these persons can find assistance. Staff are also trained to identify and assist persons who display signs of dementia.7
Another group on board with efforts to care for persons living with dementia is the Yishun North Neighbourhood Police Centre’s Citizens-on-Patrol team. Members of the citizen volunteer team are trained to detect, respond, and assist persons living with dementia while on patrol.8