19 Feb '12, 6pm

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. Singapore's first senior group homes currently take up three units of an HDB rental block in Pipit Road. These group homes are meant for seniors too frail to live on their own, but who do not need or want to live in a nursing home. They are also likely to be on public assistance allowance. As they are paired with other seniors in the same flat, it is hoped that residents can provide one another companionship and mutual support. John, a 73-year-old retired technician who is wheelchair-bound, moved in recently to one of the group homes. He said: "Three people in a room, sharing is a wonderful concept, a wonderful...

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