19 Feb '12, 8am

Helping elderly S'poreans live independently

Helping elderly S'poreans live independently

SINGAPORE: Elderly Singaporeans without family support can look forward to more independent, assisted living within the community. The government has started its pilot project of senior group homes, where seniors above 65 live together in a cluster of rental flats. Benefits include social services like meal delivery and medication assistance from voluntary welfare groups. Living together also enables the seniors to mutually support each other. Singapore's first senior group homes currently take up three units of an HDB rental block in Pipit Road. Minister of State for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Halimah Yacob, said priority will be given to elderly Singaporeans who are discharged from hospitals and have nowhere to go. If successful, the programme will be expanded to support other seniors as well. Mdm Halimah said: "We could give, allow our seniors the independ...

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