Ensuring the elderly sleep better


  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 31 May 2018

Wong (left) hopes her new mattress will relieve her back pain. (Right) Ting (second from right) and Goodnite senior marketing executive Bobo Wong (right) helping out when the 30 donated single foam mattresses arrived at Pusat Jagaan Orang Tua Gam Yan in Ampang. — Photos: RAJA FAISAL HISHAN/The Star

THE broad smile on the face of 86-year-old Wong Mei Zhi said it all.

Other residents of Pusat Jagaan Orang Tua Gam Yan in Ampang were equally happy when bedding manufacturer Goodnite International Sdn Bhd donated 30 single foam mattresses worth RM14,000 to the old folk’s home.

Goodnite marketing manager Jinny Ting said they donated the mattresses as part of its corporate social responsibility initiative to provide better comfort to the elderly.

She said Goodnite allocated between RM300,000 and RM500,000 for its CSR programmes each year.

“The home’s management informed us that some of their beds were old and in bad condition.

“We donated high density, single foam mattresses that are good for spine support,” she said at the privately-run old folk’s home.

Ting said Goodnite International also gave 50 pillows worth RM2,400 to the home a few months ago.

Ting (second from right) and Goodnite senior marketing executive Bobo Wong (right) helping out when the 30 donated single foam mattresses arrived at the Pusat Jagaan Orang Tua Gam Yan in Ampang.
Ting (second from right) and Goodnite senior marketing executive Bobo Wong (right) helping out when the 30 donated single foam mattresses arrived at the Pusat Jagaan Orang Tua Gam Yan in Ampang.

Wong, who has lived at the home for three months, said she was excited to sleep on the new mattress.

“I have back pain, so this new mattress is good for me,” she said.

Former driving instructor Ngoi Hong Lian, 63, who spends most of his time sleeping while recovering from a stroke, said the mattress would be helpful for his condition.

The home’s supervisor Agnes Lai said there were 35 elderly people aged above 50 years living there.

“We have 15 elderly women and the rest are men,” said Lai, adding that their families pay RM1,000 monthly for their parents to live in the home.

“Most of them cannot walk and need support. Their families visit and take them for regular medical check-up at various hospitals,” she added.

The two-storey home was set up five years ago and has 50 beds, a kitchen, 10 bathrooms and two televisions.

Goodnite also donated five blood pressure monitors worth RM1,000 to the home.

The Klang-based bedding manufacturer produces 500 to 600 pieces of single and double-bed mattresses each day.

Those interested to donate to the home can call Oliver Quah at 012-688 5592.


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