Everyone deserves good healthcare, and as employers, we are in a position to provide this for our helpers. Here are special ways for your helper to look after her health!
In case you missed the big announcement, May 2019 is Helper Appreciation Month! Throughout the month of May we will have four themed weeks offering special activities and free or discounted services just for helpers: Healthcare (3-10 May); Gratitude (10-17 May); Education (17-24 May); and Fun (24-31 May). Make sure to check back every Friday for that week’s list of limited-time offers and deals from our sponsors (as we’re adding new perks and features all the time!). Today we are kicking things off with Healthcare Week!
Take a second, mama, and think about the basic medical checks you go for regularly – annual physicals, dental checks, mammograms, PAP smears and so on. Is your helper also able to access these services?
During Healthcare Week, the following organisation will be providing health and wellbeing services for foreign domestic workers; we encourage you and your helper to take advantage of these limited-time, specially-priced offers for high-quality medical care! Be sure to book ASAP, as all of these offers are limited in both time and allotted bookings.
$89 Nutritional Health Screening from Complete Healthcare International (CHI)
Dedicated to providing comprehensive healthcare of the highest standard to both international and local clientele, CHI provides holistic, family-based care in one (very!) convenient location. Located at Orchard Road’s Shaw House, with AsiaMedic Radiology services in the same building, CHI enables families to avoid lengthy wait times and inconvenient referrals.
Healthcare Week Offer: CHI are offering a specially tailored Health Screening worth $389 for only $89 (excluding GST) for the first 150 employers to make an appointment for their helper. Blood tests include cholesterol, diabetes, renal, liver function, bone, cardiac, iron deficiency, blood group and anemia. Based on the results, a CHI doctor is able to provide a recommendation and – most importantly – check if your helper is protected against Hepatitis A and B. They can also offer immunisations if she chooses and/or her required bi-annual work permit medical test.
To Book: Please call the friendly reception staff at CHI to make an appointment for the Nutritional Health Screening. Quote Sassy Mama when making the appointment.
Tel: (+65) 6776 2288
Whatsapp: (+65) 9646 5843
Email: [email protected]
– Special price available for the first 150 Sassy Mama readers
– Appointment must be booked during Healthcare Week (3-10 May) and utilised before 8 June 2019
– Employers are encouraged to accompany their helper to the screening for moral support, but this is not a requirement
– Pre-appointment fasting required
– Results provided to your helper by email
CHI Health, 350 Orchard Road, #10-01 Shaw House, Singapore 238868, www.chi-health.com.sg
Stress & Mindfulness Workshop from HelpHer Do Better
Social initiative HelpHer Do Better aims to help foreign domestic workers gain self-esteem and mental wellness through activities like yoga, bootcamps, hikes, book exchanges, wellness workshops by experts and experience sharing by fellow helpers. The enterprise also involves expat trailing spouses as volunteers, recognizing that both groups of women can face similar issues of loneliness and self-worth while in a foreign country.
Healthcare Week Offer:
“Caring For Me” Workshop
Date: 12 May 2019
Time: 11am – 12:30pm
Location: Trehaus, 442 Orchard Road, #03-01, Singapore
Speakers Dr Martha Lee, Cindy Leong and Munira Muhris will present a wellness talk specifically for foreign domestic workers. The talk will cover topics such as building emotional resilience, relationship building and mindfulness techniques for stress relief.
To Book: Click here to register for the workshop.
T&Cs: Available for the first 50 helpers to RSVP
Free Eye Exam, Free Pair of Frames & 15% off Lenses at Ngee Ann Polytechnic Optometry Clinic
Ngee Ann Polytechnic Optometry Centre provides comprehensive eye care both to the campus community and the public at an affordable cost. It’s helmed by experienced lecturers and their dedicated and enthusiastic students from the Diploma in Optometry at the School of Health Sciences.
Healthcare Week Offer: 15% off single vision lenses purchase + a free pair of frames. Includes a Complimentary Eye Examination (including prescription check, anterior and posterior eye health check and eye pressure measurement).
To Book: Please call (+65) 6460 7716 or book an online appointment via www.np.edu.sg/npoc and use promo code ‘SassyMama’ when booking.
– Appointment must be made between 3 May – 1 June 2019 and must be utilised by 11 August 2019
– Quote ‘Sassy Mama’ when making an appointment
Ngee Ann Polytechnic Optometry Clinic, Block 6, Level 1, 535 Clementi Road, Singapore 599489, www.np.edu.sg/optometrycentre
Raffles Hospital is the flagship tertiary hospital of Raffles Medical Group – a leading private healthcare provider in Singapore that operates medical centres and an international hospital in 14 cities in Asia. The hospital offers a full complement of services combined with advanced medical and diagnostic technology to meet a wide variety of medical needs such as cardiology, neurology, obstetrics and gynaecology, oncology, and orthopaedics.
Healthcare Week Offer: During May, helpers over the age of 40 can book a mammogram screening at $75.
To Book: Please call (+65) 6311 1222 and quote ‘Sassy Mama’ during Healthcare Week (3-10 May). Appointments can be made between 3 May and 31 May 2019.
– Mammograms are available at Raffles Specialist Holland Village and Shaw Centre only
– This programme provides mammogram service only, consultation with the doctor is not included. The film will be issued right after after the mammogram and a report posted out within a week. Helpers are advised to discuss the results with their General Practitioner. Click here to find out more about the procedure.
– Patients must be 40 years and above
Iron Panel Tests at The Iron Suites
The Iron Suites Medical Centre is the first clinic based in Singapore with a specific focus on the diagnosis and treatment of iron deficiency (read more about iron deficiency here!). Clinical studies have shown that early detection and treatment of iron deficiency can restore personal health and wellbeing (not to mention better skin, hair and nail quality!), and can easily be diagnosed by a simple blood test.
Healthcare Week Offer: Sassy Mama has teamed up with The Iron Suites to offer 150 iron panel tests (worth $50 each) to the first 150 Foreign Domestic Workers who book an appointment with the code SassyMama-Fe.
To Book: Helpers can book online via the website and use the code ‘Sassymama-Fe’. Alternatively, employers are also welcome to call (+65) 6702 1929 to make an appointment.
– Available to the first 150 to book
– Available for foreign domestic workers only
The Iron Suites, 160 Robinson Road, #04-11 SBF Centre, Singapore 068914, www.theironsuites.com
It’s worth mentioning that many dentists offer special rates for helpers, even if they don’t advertise this. Dr Oliver at Camden Medical Centre is a well-known option for helpers, but other family favourites like Gentle Dental also offer special rates. Ask your family dentist if they offer free consultations for helpers and make an appointment!
Discounted Maid Insurance at FWD Insurance
FWD Maid Insurance provides all the assurance you need as you hire a new domestic helper, or renew her work permit. Not only are they the first insurer to provide cover for your helper’s pre-existing conditions at no extra cost, they also provide medical and accident coverage for your helper, as well as up to $50,000 of hospitalisation and surgical expenses coverage, which is one of the highest available. On days when your helper has a common cold or cough, FWD is also the only insurer in Singapore to provide cashless outpatient medical treatments at its panel of clinics islandwide for treatments in excess of $10, hassle-free. FWD is also the only insurer to pay the mandatory security bond (up to S$5,000) directly to the Ministry of Manpower without additional payment from the employer.
Healthcare Week Offer: Get 15% off Essential, Enhanced and Exclusive plans with promo code Maid15. The premium starts from $188.25 for a 14-month premium and $280.34 for a 26-month premium.
To Book: Visit the FWD website to purchase online.
A Note on Healthcare
It’s important to remember that there are many possible outcomes from getting these tests done. Of course, the most likely and best case scenario is that your helper is perfectly healthy, or that a simple change can be made — like iron tablets or new glasses. But while we absolutely do not want to discourage you from seeking to improve your helper’s health, we want you to be mindful that should there be an unexpected result – something that needs treatment or further investigation – you need to be prepared.
- Make sure your insurance is up to scratch – the bare minimum will probably not be sufficient should your helper require treatment in hospital. Many insurance plans are less about the health of your helper and more about helping the employer.
- Think about what you are able to help with financially, should there be a negative outcome.
- Discuss with your helper the possible outcomes, and what would happen.
- Find out if she has health cover in her home country. For instance, Filipino helpers are entitled to healthcare under the PhilHealth. They can visit the PhilHealth office at Lucky Plaza or call (+65) 6733 4995 for more information.
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