What does it mean to be truly living in isolation?
Home is usually a place with warm and nice furniture, where we feel physically relaxed and comfortable when we spend time in it after a day at work. But to 56-year-old Mr Lim and his elder brother, it is a merely place to shelter them from rain and shine. Their four-room flat left behind by their late father sits empty and run down, unlike what a normal home would look like.
Despite struggling with schizophrenia and other ailments himself for the past decades, Mr Lim is also the main caregiver of his elder brother who is diagnosed with dementia. Mr Lim has two other siblings who have also been certified medically unfit for work. With all four of them living off the monthly support from the Social Service Office, they are unable to afford the cost required to restore their home even to a basic level of hygiene for them to live comfortably in.
Help Needed - Give Hope
When Mr Lim showed the case managers to his bedroom where he spends most of his time in, the room was bare and only had a charred-looking mattress and pillow which he has been using for the past decades, and a cabinet. A stack of bills were left unopened by his bedside with cockroaches in sight at every corner of his room. As he brought them to the kitchen, Mr Lim was seemingly embarrassed of what he was having just before the visit – some dishes prepared by his sister which he had cited as a common sight at home, because that is all that they could afford. In their living room was a chair with their house phone rested on it. Next to it were some loose sheets of paper, with “995 - 救护车” and the name of their nurse written on them. What tugged at the heartstrings of the case managers was hearing Mr Lim say that this is all that they need to remember – knowing who to call for help if something bad happens to them one day.
Due to their medical conditions, the brothers have been unable to maintain a clean living environment for themselves for the past years. They are appealing for your help to have a cleaner home to stay in.
ROHI is working with Mr Lim's social worker to do a one-time pest infestation and cleaning up of the home, followed by a three-month follow-up maintenance programme to ensure that there is basic cleanliness in the home to minimize the recurrence of pests. Your donations can help provide the siblings with a clean and comfortable place to call home!
Breakdown of Expenses
Pest Control (one-time) - $101.65
Pest Control (3 months maintenance) - $85.60 x 3 months = $256.80
Cleaning supplies - $60
Toilet repair - $360 (estimated)
Purchase of household items - $320
ROHI is helping to raise $1,100 to help the family re-build their home. Please give hope and donate to help Mr Lim and his family!
*Mr Lim and his brother are currently receiving public assistance support from the Social Service Office (SSO).