Published on 03 Jan 2023
Prior to joining NTUC Health as a Therapy Assistant
in March 2021, I worked as a Project Coordinator
with an engineering consultancy firm. The
construction industry was badly hit by the
pandemic and there were many uncertainties. Its
impact caught everyone by surprise, including me.
Though I was not prepared to make a mid-career switch at that point of time, I knew that change was inevitable. In order to stay relevant in the workforce, it was necessary for me to upgrade and be equipped with new skills.
I immediately began searching for courses on the
Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ)-SkillsFuture
website and stumbled upon the Therapy Assistant
training programme conducted full-time by Health
Management International (HMI) Institute of
Without hesitation, I signed up for it as it was a skill that I wanted to learn, it can be used to assist others in need, as well as help my own ageing parents.
The course was set up to impart new skills and knowledge on assisting therapists with their Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy treatments. While working as a Therapy Assistant at our Nursing Home (Geylang East), there were definitely some memorable moments that touched me.
During the height of the pandemic when visitations were suspended, many of the residents felt very lonely. When I asked one of them if he missed his family, he said, “Yes, I do miss them, but it’s okay because seeing you everyday cheers me up!” Moments like these really encourage me to keep caring for our residents and treat them like family.
Moving forward, I would like to create a happier and more active way of life with my colleagues and the residents at Nursing Home (Geylang East).
Rahim's story is part of a series of 12 inspiring stories of Nursing Home staff. Read more here!
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