22 Jun '11, 9pm

Redesign eldercare sector to attract more S'poreans: MG (NS) Chan - TODAYonline

SINGAPORE - The labour-intensive eldercare sector will need to be redesigned, in order to attract more Singaporeans to take up jobs in the industry, according to Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Chan Chun Sing. The Ministry is now studying ways to do so and possible steps include redesigning jobs and having more part-timers and redesigning work processes to decrease the demand for caregivers, said Major-General (NS) Chan, at a visit to St Luke's Eldercare Centre in Hougang yesterday. By some estimates, an ideal ratio is one caregiver for every six seniors in a daycare centre. The industry guidelines set by the Government is one caregiver to eight seniors. But the industry is finding it tough to maintain these numbers. Making his first visit to a day care centre for the elderly, MG (NS) Chan said the eldercare industry faces manpower challenges, e...

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