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Govt building more eldercare centres

The Ministry of Health (MOH) is building more eldercare centres in the community to complement home-based care and to help more seniors age in place.

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Health (MOH) is building more eldercare centres in the community to complement home-based care and to help more seniors age in place.

Senior Minister of State for Health and Manpower, Dr Amy Khor, said the eldercare centres also provide another care option for seniors and their caregivers.

Dr Khor was speaking at the opening of St Luke's Eldercare Changkat Centre, which is its 11th and largest centre.

The one-stop facility provides health and social care services, which include day care, dementia day care, rehabilitation and nursing services.

The centre is also actively reaching out to the community, inviting residents to use its gym facilities on weekdays.

Dr Khor said: "Having the various services under one roof will save seniors and their caregivers in the Tampines Changkat area the trouble of visiting different centres for different services.

"Seniors in the vicinity will now be better provided and better able to age in place at home. And, working family members can also have peace of mind that their loved ones are well taken care of at a facility close to their home."

"We envisage a network of eldercare centres across the island to bring aged care services closer to the community," added Dr Khor.

"In the past two years, nine new centres in different regions across Singapore have opened, providing a total of more than 400 additional day care places," she noted.

"We aim to more than double the current centre-based care capacity by 2020, by adding more than 3,000 day care places to the current capacity."

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