Elders living alone is becoming an increasingly prevalent phenomena, where many a times, these elders are isolated from the community and confined to the four walls. Despite having 5 children, the 80-year-old Mr Khoo is living alone in a one room rental flat. The divorcee confided in us that his children has not been supporting him because they have their own share of problems as well. Like many older adults his age, Mr Khoo is also diagnosed with several chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and mobility issues. This makes it hard for the 80-year-old to go out and get paid work and be self-sufficient. Yet, life still has to go on and he is worried about paying for his daily expenses.
Help Needed - Give Hope
The 80-year-old is struggling to make ends meet with the little savings he has and the amount of assistance he is currently receiving. He also felt like he couldn’t turn to his children, as many of them have their own families and are reliant on social support assistance themselves.
Mr Khoo tries to cut back on whatever little he has by cooking and having his meals at home. Despite having mobility issues, he will walk slowly to the market to get some groceries just to cook a meal for himself. He is well aware that there is an easier option out there of just eating out, but he knew it was a luxury he couldn’t afford.
Under the silver support scheme for elders, Mr Khoo is receiving $750 every 3 months, which amounts to $250 every month. The 80-year-old lamented that after paying for his rental and utilities bills, he is barely left with $100. What’s more, because of his mobility issues, he often has to take a cab for his medical appointments. The frequent trips to and fro the hospital via cab, has been costly and has exhausted a bit of his savings. “Some taxi uncles are kind, they see that I’m so old so they will not charge me or only charge me $5. But I also have to pay full amount sometimes.” Mr Khoo is thankfulthat there are still kind souls out there!
He earnestly asks for help to be given so that he doesn’t have to worry about where his next meal is going to come from or if he could afford to pay his electricity bills.
ROHI would like to help give hope to Mr Khoo by raising $1200 ($300 for 4 months) while he awaits for updates on his SSO application. Please give hope to this 80 year old elderly!