Home visits help needy physically, emotionally


  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 22 Sep 2020

Zaiton (right) and state Welfare Department director Mohamad Hapil (second from left) talking to Yom (second from right) and Omar (left) on a visit to the couple’s home in Kampung Melayu Seri Kempas. — NUR AISYAH MAZALAN/The Star

JOHOR BARU: A total of 476 special needs individuals and senior citizens in Johor have been getting some help from volunteers, via Welfare Department, through home visits.

State women, family and community development committee chairman Zaiton Ismail said the visits were being conducted once a week to provide assistance and emotional support to the group.

“Apart from helping in day-to-day tasks such as cleaning, cooking and even taking money out from the bank, the volunteers also make time to listen to those in need.

“I believe that is the most important part of the visit — the simple act of listening and just spending some time with them does keep them cheerful and hopeful,” she said, adding that each visit would last for at least an hour.

Zaiton said that to-date, there were about 119 volunteers who made home visits.

“We hope this programme can be further expanded to reach more people in need.”

She said this after visiting Omar Osman, 78, and his wife Yom Kassim, 73, who were among the beneficiaries of the programme at their home here in Kampung Melayu Seri Kempas.

Yom was grateful to both the department and its volunteers for taking the time to visit her and her husband.

“The volunteers have been helping me to clean the house and sometimes even cook. I really appreciate the assistance.

“Although I do not suffer from any serious illness, I get tired easily because of my age and sometimes, it is difficult for me to carry out a simple task,” she said.

She highlighted that her main concern was the welfare of her 46-year-old son who suffered from schizophrenia, which started at an early age.

“I worry about this all the time. I hope that there will be people there for him when both my husband and I are gone,” she said.

She added that their only sources of income was aid from Welfare Department and her husband’s savings, which he set aside while working in a factory in Singapore more than 10 years ago.

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