18 Apr '11, 9am

Immobile elderly to get more help

SINGAPORE: NTUC Eldercare said it would provide 500 mobility aids to the first 500 eligible elderly citizens and cover the co-payment of about S$25,000. This came as NTUC Eldercare became the first organisation to tap into the Senior's Mobility Fund (SMF) to get elderly citizens items such as wheelchairs and walking frames. The S$10 million fund was announced last month by Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan. Ten elderly citizens received help on Monday to be more mobile. One of them was 55-year-old Bassir Abdullah, who has been confined to his one-room flat for years. He suffers from multiple health conditions including diabetes and is unable to afford a wheelchair. But things have changed with a wheelchair provided by NTUC Eldercare using the SMF. Moving around would be much easier for Mr Bassir with his new wheelchair. As Singapore faces an ageing population, the number of el...

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