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Plans for Jade Circle nursing home shelved

Several months after the Feb 2015 announcement of Project Jade Circle, the project was shelved when the Ministry of Health indicated that it was unable to extend government subsidies to means-tested residents staying in the single or twin rooms. Modelled after the Green House concept in the US, the facility was designed as a Centre of Excellence for dementia care, with the rooms designed to provide greater privacy, and promote the well-being of persons with dementia. News that the project had been shelved sparked a discussion in the media about the desirability and sustainability of providing single and twin-bedded wards in nursing homes. 

•  The Online Citizen - 22 December 2015 
•  The Straits Times - 21 December 2015
 

Call to improve Quality of Death worldwide

Following the inaugural index in 2010, the Foundation released the 2015 Quality of Death Index which was conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The Index ranked palliative care in 80 countries and consulted over 120 experts worldwide.  

The Index was covered by prominent international media such as CNN, BBC, The Guardian, Time, and Fortune. The stories ran by wire services such as AFP, Kyodo (Japan), DPA (Germany) and Bernama (Malaysia) added to the reach of the coverage. Besides the major Western and Asian countries, the study received media interest in countries such as Costa Rica, Mongolia, Russia, Morocco, the Dominican Republic, and South Africa. It was also covered in prestigious medical journals such as the British Medical Journal and The Lancet Oncology.

•  First Look Asia, Channel NewsAsia - 26 October 2015
•  The Straits Times - 15 October 2015
•  Six-Six News - 9 October 2015
•  The Straits Times - 7 October 2015
•  TODAY - 7 October 2015
•  The New Paper - 7 October 2015
•  Lianhe Zaobao - 7 October 2015
•  ChannelNewsAsia - 6 October 2015
•  Singapore Tonight, Channel NewsAsia - 6 October 2015
•  The Business Times - 6 October 2015
•  The New Paper - 6 October 2015
•  Shinmin Daily News - 6 October 2015
•  Lianhe Wanbao- 6 October 2015
•  Yahoo News - 6 October 2015
 Coconuts Singapore - 6 October 2015
•  938 Live - 6 October 2015

The international media listings of the Index can be accessed here.

Inspiring new thinking about Education

As part of its StartWell initiative, the Lien Foundation collaborated with Singapore’s flagship newspaper to organise The Straits Times Education Forum 2015. Featuring eminent speakers such as paediatric otolaryngologist Dr Dana Suskind (founder of Chicago’s 30 Million Words Initiative) and psychiatrist Dr Stuart Brown (founder of California’s National Institute for Play), the Forum sought to broaden parents’ and educators’ appreciation of quality preschool education.

•  The Sunday Times – 28 June 2015
•  The Straits Times - 19 June 2015
•  The Sunday Times - 14 June 2015
•  The Sunday Times - 7 June 2015
  The Straits Times - 6 June 2015
 The Sunday Times - 31 May 2015
•  The Sunday Times - 24 May 2015

Exercise as Medicine for the Frail Elderly

The Lien Foundation’s project Gym Tonic was launched to introduce Exercise-as-Medicine to 12 eldercare facilities. Led by Aged Care IT & Technology company, Pulsesync, this initiative adopted state-of-the-art exercise machines that combines technology with customised strength training for the frail elderly.

•  ScandAsia – 14 September 2015
•  The Straits Times – 30 August 2015
•  Lianhe Zaobao - 30 August 2015
•  The Business Times – 17 July 2015
•  The Straits Times – 17 April 2015
•  Lianhe Zaobao – 17 April 2015
•  TODAY – 16 April 2015
•  Shin Min Daily News – 16 April 2015
•  Channel NewsAsia – 16 April 2015
•  938 Live – 16 April 2015
•  Capital 958 – 16 April 2015

Putting ‘Heart’ and ‘Home’ into the Nursing Home

The Lien Foundation, Khoo Chwee Neo Foundation and The Salvation Army Peacehaven Nursing Home came together to pioneer a new model of residential care for persons living with dementia. Doing away with the usual ward setting, Project 'Jade Circle' will create a home-like environment designed to offer more privacy, social living spaces and recreation. It will achieve these by offering only single and twin-sharing rooms with ensuite bathrooms and family-friendly facilities; and adopting care practices that focused on residents' autonomy, warmth, and intimacy. Smart technology will be a key enhancer to improve quality of care and boost operational efficiency.The project includes a dementia day care, and training facilities to boost staff and sectoral capabilities in dementia care.

 Cubes Indesign - April/May 2015
•  The Straits Times – 9 April 2015
  The Straits Times – 13 February 2015
  Lianhe Zaobao – 13 February 2015
  The New Paper – 13 February 2015
  My Paper – 13 February 2015
  Channel NewsAsia – 12 February 2015
  Shin Min Daily News – 12 February 2015
  Capital 958 – 12 February 2015
  Tamil Seithi – 12 February 2015

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New Creative Challenge to Elevate State of Play

Presented as part of an inaugural creative innovation programme by the British Council, the StartWell Challenge is an international competition to develop new playground and playspace concepts for the 21st century. The Challenge will reach out to creative communities in 15 countries (Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the UK). 

  The Nation – 23 November 2014

End-of-life care in Taiwan

The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao went on a study trip arranged by the Foundation to examine the state of hospice palliative care in Taiwan. Taiwan emerged top in Asia in the 2010 Quality of Death Index that ranks end-of-life care across the world. 

  The Straits Times – 11 October 2014
  Lianhe Zaobao – 5 October 2014

New Community Campaign to Start Early Childhood Well

The Lien Foundation kicks off a new initiative, StartWell, with a series of ground-up initiatives to rethink the priorities of childhood in Singapore on the eve of Children's Day. The first project, Superhero Me, facilitated by Logue and In Merry Motion, is a values-based craft project for preschool children at Care Corner (Leng Kee). Upcoming initiatives include a parents' college and a preschool to support mainstream children and those with special needs. 

  The Straits Times – 3 October 2014
  TODAY – 3 October 2014
  The New Paper – 3 October 2014
  Lianhe Zaobao – 3 October 2014
  Singapore Motherhood – 3 October 2014
  Channel NewsAsia – 3 October 2014
  Shin Min Daily News – 2 October 2014
  Channel NewsAsia – 2 October 2014
  Channel 8 News – 2 October 2014
  Capital 958 – 2 October 2014

"Die-logues" in the neighbourhood

Together with Ang Chin Moh Foundation, both Foundations brought BOTH SIDES, NOW, an immersive arts experience to the Singapore heartlands. The community fair provided a platform for individuals and families to reflect on important end-of-life matters. Produced by Drama Box and ArtsWok, this project is supported by the Ministry of Health and community partners. 

•  Shin Min Daily News – 28 September 2014
  Shin Min Daily News – 26 September 2014
  Shin Min Daily News – 25 September 2014
  Shin Min Daily News – 22 September 2014

  Shin Min Daily News – 21 September 2014
  The New Paper – 20 September 2014
  Lianhe Zaobao – 20 September 2014
  TODAY – 20 September 2014
  Shin Min Daily News – 20 September 2014
  TODAY – 19 September 2014
  Shin Min Daily News – 19 September 2014
  Channel NewsAsia – 19 September 2014
  Channel 8 News – 19 September 2014
  Capital 958 – 19 September 2014
  ehospice – 19 September 2014
  Shin Min Daily News – 17 September 2014

Redefining preschool spaces

The Foundation and Lekker Architects conceptualized preschools in 10 underutilised and ubiquitous sites in Singapore. The resulting book, A Different Class: Preschool Spaces Redefined, aims to spur conversation about the siting and design of memorable preschools.

•  Cubes – December 2014
•  The Straits Times – 27 October 2014
•  Cromly – 29 September 2014
•  D-D.sg – 15 September 2014
•  Young Parents – September 2014
•  TODAY – 15 September 2014
•  The Sunday Times – 14 September 2014
•  The New Paper – 14 September 2014
•  Lianhe Zaobao – 14 September 2014
•  Channel NewsAsia – 14 September 2014
•  Singapore Motherhood – 14 September 2014
•  Shin Min Daily News – 13 September 2014
•  Channel 5 News – 13 September 2014
•  Channel 8 News – 13 September 2014
•  Channel U News – 13 September 2014

Hands-on training and mentoring for preschool teachers

In a partnership with St James' Church Kindergarten, both organisations started Singapore's first preschool practicum centre to enhance the practicum attachment of trainee preschool teachers, and provide them a firm foundation as they start on their ECE journey. The centre is sited at the kindergarten's Harding campus, the largest single campus preschool in Singapore by enrolment. 

•  The Straits Times – 13 August 2014
 TODAY – 13 August 2014
•  Lianhe Zaobao – 13 August 2014
•  Tamil Murasu – 13 August 2014
•  Shinmin Daily News – 12 August 2014
•  Channel NewsAsia – 12 August 2014
•  938 Live – 12 August 2014
•  Capital 958 – 12 August 2014

Engineering for Good

A partnership with Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute at NTU, the "Lien Environmental Fellowship hosted researchers from developing nations in Asia in projects to improve water & sanitation. One such project was to survey and improve the water quality of Kandy Lake in Sri Lanka, a UNESCO world heritage site. 

•  The Straits Times – 11 August 2014

What Healthcare Professionals Say about Care of the Dying

Following the dissemination of a death attitudes survey of the public, the Foundation released the findings of a survey with over 200 doctors and nurses in Singapore. The survey found that while doctors and nurses generally valued the importance of hospice palliative care, they reported inadequacies in their basic medical/nursing education in supporting dying patients.

•  Channel NewsAsia – 20 June 2014
•  The Straits Times – 19 June 2014
•  The New Paper – 19 June 2014
•  TODAY – 19 June 2014
•  My Paper – 19 June 2014
•  Lianhe Zaobao – 19 June 2014
•  938 Live – 19 June 2014
•  Shin Min Daily News – 18 June 2014
•  Channel NewsAsia – 18 June 2014
•  Channel 5 News – 18 June 2014
•  938 Live – 18 June 2014
•  Capital 958 – 18 June 2014

Singapore's first end-of-life edutainment go into the community

Together with Ang Chin Moh Foundation, both Foundations initiate their fourth joint project "Die Die Must Say", a campaign to foster conversations about death & dying using getais, the Chinese media and radio. Getai veterans Wang Lei and Li Ruping from Lex Entertainment hosted five shows over five weeks to bring end-of-life conversations into the community, supported by a Mandarin hotline manned by volunteers from Care Corner Counselling Centre. 

•  Shin Min Daily News – 5 June 2014
•  Shin Min Daily News – 4 June 2014
•  Shin Min Daily News – 3 June 2014
•  Shin Min Daily News – 26 May 2014
•  Shin Min Daily News – 25 May 2014
•  My Paper – 20 May 2014
•  Channel 8 News – 18 May 2014
•  Shin Min Daily News – 17 May 2014
•  Shin Min Daily News – 16 May 2014
•  Frontline, Channel 8 – 16 May 2014
•  Shin Min Daily News – 15 May 2014
•  Lianhe Zaobao – 14 May 2014
•  Shin Min Daily News – 14 May 2014
•  The New Paper – 13 May 2014
•  Lianhe Zaobao – 12 May 2014
•  Shin Min Daily News – 12 May 2014
•  Lianhe Wanbao – 12 May 2014
•  Guang Ming Daily – 12 May 2014
•  Channel NewsAsia – 11 May 2014
•  Channel 8 News – 11 May 2014
•  Shin Min Daily News – 11 May 2014
•  Shin Min Daily News – 10 May 2014
•  Shin Min Daily News – 9 May 2014
•  The Straits Times – 7 May 2014
•  My Paper – 7 May 2014
•  TODAY – 7 May 2014
•  Lianhe Zaobao – 7 May 2014
•  Shin Min Daily News – 7 May 2014
•  TODAY – 6 May 2014
•  Shin Min Daily News – 6 May 2014
•  Lianhe Wanbao – 6 May 2014
•  Channel NewsAsia – 6 May 2014
•  Channel 5 News – 6 May 2014
•  Channel 8 News – 6 May 2014
•  China Press – 6 May 2014
•  938 Live – 6 May 2014
•  Capital 958 – 6 May 2014

Majority of Singaporean prefer to die at home

A follow-up to an earlier survey in 2009, the Lien Foundation commissioned Blackbox Research to conduct a survey which revealed that while nearly 8 in 10 Singaporeans wish to die at home, less than a third of deaths take place at home. Over 1,000 people participated in the survey which also examined awareness and receptivity towards hospice palliative care, and attitudes towards death & dying. 

•  SgPlus, Channel NewsAsia – 10 June 2014
•  Channel NewsAsia – 3 May 2014
•  The Straits Times – 9 April 2014
•  The New Paper – 9 April 2014
•   My Paper – 9 April 2014
•  TODAY – 9 April 2014
•  Lianhe Zaobao – 9 April 2014
•  Shin Min Daily News – 9 April 2014
•  Tamil Murasu – 9 April 2014
•  Malaysia Chronicle – 9 April 2014
•  938 Live – 9 April 2014
•  Gold FM – 9 April 2014
•  Warna 94.2 – 9 April 2014
•  TODAY – 9 April 2014
•  Yahoo News – 9 April 2014
•  Bernama – 8 April 2014
•  Channel NewsAsia – 8 April 2014
•  Channel 5 News – 8 April 2014
•  Channel 8 News – 8 April 2014
•  Suria News – 8 April 2014
•  Vasantham News – 8 April 2014
•  938 Live – 8 April 2014
•  Capital 958 – 8 April 2014
•  Warna 94.2 – 8 April 2014

Building relationships with young children in infact care centres

Commissioned by the Lien Foundation as part of its collaboration with NTUC First Campus, SEED Institute announced the first of three key research studies in this collaboration. "Zero to Three" is a research project that examines how a relationships-based curriculum influences child development, and the feasibility of such a curriculum in manpower-scarce Singapore for infants, toddlers and children up to age 3 years.

•  The Straits Times – 31 March 2014
•  TODAY – 31 March 2014
•  Lianhe Zaobao – 31 March 2014

Advancing Care for the Dying in Asia

Together with the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network, the Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care continues its reach to build palliative care capabilities in four Asian countries. In the current year, it started its first foray into Sri Lanka, the third country it operates in after Myanmar and Bangladesh. 

•  The New Paper – 30 March 2014
•  The Straits Times – 25 March 2014
•  Tamil Murasu – 25 March 2014

Quality care around the child

The Circle of Care programme with Care Corner is a holistic programme that puts together social work, learning support, parental engagement and high quality preschool curriculum. Into its second year, the programme reported on progress made in reaching out to children from disadvantaged families.

•  The Straits Times – 30 March 2014
•  The Straits Times – 19 March 2014
•  TODAY – 19 March 2014
 Lianhe Zaobao – 19 March 2014

Case for medical ethics in healthcare practices

Led by the Centre for Biomedical Ethics in partnership with The Hastings Center and University of Oxford’s Ethox Centre, the online casebook, Making Difficult Decisions with Patients and Families: A Singapore Casebook drew on the inputs of over 50 healthcare professionals. The casebook was put together as a practical resource to facilitate reflection and discussion through common ethically challenging scenarios. 

•  TODAY – 15 January 2014
•  Lianhe Zaobao – 15 January 2014

Preschool Diversity

Supported by the Lien Foundation, TODAY looks at the preschool systems in five Asian countries and the lessons that can be drawn from these countries. In 2013, they have examined Hong Kong, Seoul, and Shanghai.

•  TODAY – 20 February 2014 (Across 5 countries)
•  TODAY – 24 January 2014 (Japan)
•  TODAY – 6 January 2014 (Taiwan

New model preschool opens its doors

Part of a unique social sector collaboration with NTUC First Campus, one of the two model preschools under this collaboration has started operations. Sited on a former bus interchange and located beside an eldercare centre, the preschool will pilot new teaching methods such as the use of IT, and new programmes to promote parent-teacher engagement. 

•  The Straits Times – 3 January 2014