Saturday February 23, 2013
GP runs five retirement homes besides his own practice
By YVONNE LIM
PETALING JAYA: Dr Goh Kay Chee has a cheerful, kindly face. As cheerful and kindly as his heart.
The 63-year-old doctor runs five retirement homes and visits them daily where he is greeted with delight by residents. He also takes the time to chat with them and provide any medical aid needed.
Dr Goh and his wife Susan Lim, who have three grown-up children two of them are doctors opened the first of five Deluxe Retirement Homes, which are located all over Petaling Jaya, in 2000.
“Many people, including my fellow doctors, thought I was crazy, as it is uncommon for a doctor to run a home.
He said house calls at a few nursing homes he visited left him depressed when he found the living conditions not up to expectations.
“So I told my wife, let's start our own home for the elderly.' The number of residents kept increasing, so over the years we had to open new ones,” said Dr Goh, who still runs a practice.
The five homes now house close to 80 residents in total, including five terminally ill patients.
Dr Goh spends three hours visiting the homes every day, six days a week, while his wife manages the administration of the homes and oversees 20 staff members.
Each resident is charged a minimal fee, of which the home only makes a 10% profit.
Hygiene was a top priority in the homes, Dr Goh added.
Admitting that caring for the elderly was no easy feat, Dr Goh said that it required a “special heart for old people”.
“I think it's just something one needs to have naturally if they want to do this work, or else it will be very difficult.
“You have to be very patient and want to help make their lives better and more comfortable,” he said.