The Welfare Society was registered on 9 February 1994 but it took another 3 years of endless hard work and tireless encouragement from our Advisor and Founder, Most Venerable Datuk K. Sri Dhammaratana, Chief High Priest Of Malaysia, before the support of a few professionals and donors were found. A generous benefactor allowed us of a three-storey building at Taman Salak South and a Children’s Home was finally established and declared open by YB Datuk Paduka Hajjah Zaleha Bte Ismail on 21 June 1997.
The Society is a charitable organization as all funds for the running of its activities are from friends, supporters and the public. We frequently organize charity functions to raise funds and to create awareness in order to reach out to us many people as possible and to recruit volunteers for our Home and welfare projects. Volunteers and donations are from the whole spectrum of Malaysian Society, irrespective of race, religion and culture. It is a true indication that charity knows on boundaries, kindness and compassion abound from each and every one of us.
From its humble beginnings of only one Home, the society, through years of hard work and dedication, has managed to expand to a number of buildings at Lot 16105-16107, Jalan 13B Salak South Bharu (Desa Petaling), 57100 Kuala Lumpur. We now have a Home for the boys, Home for the girls and Home for elderly, there is a Shelter for Abused Women and also a Mobile Medical Clinic. The residents of all our Homes are referred to us by Non-Government Organizations like Women’s Aid Organization and even then Welfare Department and Hospitals.
From an initial number of 12 children, we now have 154, comprising 75 boys and 79 girls. The children, whose ages range from 7 Months to 19 years’ old attend nearby Chinese and National type schools universities and colleges. Many of these children never attended school until being put into the care of the Home. They are given additional tuition to enable them to catch up with their school work and the rebellious ones are given counselling. They attend Sunday religious classes to enable them to learn to practice compassion, loving kindness, tolerance and patience to that they can grow to be responsible and peaceful adults.
The Home for the Elderly is now Home to 106 senior citizens, 60 women and 46 males with the oldest being 94 years old. They have either been abandoned by their families, are alone in the world or have families who are not in a positive to look after them. Some of them are infirm and many have illnesses that need daily medication. The healthier ones are given tasks like sweeping the floor and helping in the kitchen. This is to keep them occupied and physical active. They participate in daily prayers and encouraged to exercise.
Seniors want to stay independent and healthy and remain in their own homes for as long as possible. To do so is particularly challenging for individuals who are chronically or terminally ill, disable or recovering from illness.
The Home needs to be re-modeled to ensure an older person’s safety and sense of independence. Hallways need to be widened to cater for wheelchair and walked accessibility, lighting improved, switches lowered, counter edges rounded, ramps added and showers modified with shower bars and wheelchair accessibility.
Consideration should be given to the need for light plumbing, electrical and carpentry work.
- Medical care be administered by registered nurses, therapists or other healthcare professionals. The medical services required include dispensing medications, change dressing or provide speech or occupational therapy.
Personal care is provided by home health aides offering non-medical assistance with activities of daily living such as light housework, bathing, transporting to hospitals/clinics for medical check-ups and meal preparation and delivery.
The social and recreational activities for the elderly should be seen to. The seniors should be given opportunities to meet with one another , to learn new skills and activities by taking classes and share meals/snacks in group setting with other.The following are seniors living choices:
- Independent Living Facility
Sometimes referred to as Congregate Housing or Senior Retirement Housing. It is a retirement facility offering individual, fully function apartments for residents in a community setting where meals many be shared and other social activities provide. Such housing can be subsidized. Rental feel vary widely.
- Continuing Care Retirement Community
It is multilevel facility offering a range of living options generally including independent living apartments, units providing some assistance with tasks of daily living and an area of skilled nursing care beds.
- Board And Care Home
A private home/facility. It is sometimes referred to as Adult Family Home, Adult Foster Care or Group Home, offering room and board, help with daily activities and in some cases minimal nursing services, either on site or by contract with an outside agency. These homes are not nursing homes. They are generally smaller than Assisted Living Communities.
- Assisted Living Facility
A housing model aimed at elders who need assistance with personal care, example bathing and taking medication but who are not so physically or mentally impaired as to need 24 hour attention. Some Assisted Living facility do provide nursing services. Residents have a choice of room size and type and generally share meals in dining rooms.
- Adult Day Care Centre
Centre opens during the day at 9.00am to 6.00pm providing breakfast, lunch and tea as well as social and recreational activities to seniors who are delivered by family members. The social and recreational activities include but not limited to outings, dancing and exercise classes, card games, singing and gardening. It is staffed by therapies, social workers and nurses. The centre could provide some medical and personal care.
- Nursing Home
A facility with three or more beds staffed 24 hours per day by health professional who provide nursing and personal care services to residents who cannot remain in their own home due physical health problems, functional disabilities and/ or significant cognitive impairments.
- Women in Shelter
The abused women and unwed mothers are normally given temporary shelter until a permanent home can be found for them. We also find suitable jobs for the mothers and provide assistance to enable them to lead a new and better life.
- Community Center’s
Also under Ti-Ratana banner is the Ti-Ratana Buddhist Society which operates the Ti-Ratana Community Center. The Community Center concentrates on community services to the poor and the needy. Holiday camps and seminars concentrating on education and leadership skills for the youths are organized periodically.
With these numerous Homes, charitable projects and expansion plans, we are always short of funds. The success of these projects depends entirely on the generosity of corporations, our regular supporters and the public. We are thus in a perpetual state of economizing on running costs and holding fund raising drives. One important fact in our favor is that the Inland Revenue Department has granted us tax-free state and all donations are tax exempted.
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