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Three new wellness and care centres for Nee Soon residents

Three wellness and care centres will be set up in Chong Pang, Nee Soon Central and Nee Soon East. These centres, located at HDB void decks, will provide elderly wellness and care services such as day care, dementia care and basic nursing care.

SINGAPORE: Three wellness and care centres for the elderly will be set up in Chong Pang, Nee Soon Central and Nee Soon East.

Those centres, located at HDB void decks, will provide elderly wellness and care services such as day care, dementia care and basic nursing care.

The first centre will be ready by early 2015, and will be jointly operated by St Luke's Eldercare and Chong Pang Grassroots Organisations.

Foreign Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam, who is also MP for Nee Soon GRC, announced that at a community event in Yishun on Sunday morning.

Currently, the constituency has only one such wellness centre, which is in the Nee Soon South division.

Mr Shanmugam said: "(The) Nee Soon area, in particular, has many people who are growing older much faster than the rest of Singapore.

“There are the associated medical services and healthcare services that will be needed. And you don't really want to take them out of the community -- you want to provide the services in the community, in place."

He added that ensuring retirement adequacy is also important, which can include putting in place a framework to allow people to work longer if they want to and to assure that seniors can retire in comfort.

Some 900,000 people will cross the age of 65 in the next 15 years.

A memorandum of understanding was also signed with the National Healthcare Group polyclinics, which will see them working with the wellness centre in Nee Soon South to provide additional medical services such as psychology, dietetics as well as clinical pharmacy and diagnostic services to the elderly.

Nee Soon GRC will also be launching a door-to-door outreach programme to explain the Pioneer Generation Package.

Explaining the move, Mr Shanmugam said: "My personal assessment, by talking to people, is that a lot of senior citizens, maybe half or more, have heard of the Pioneer Generation Package but don't really know what it covers.

“I think this (understanding the Pioneer Generation Package) is so important -- the insurance, what it covers, how you can protect yourself, what the government will do. It is so important that we think we need to go door-to-door, house-to-house and explain to people." 

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