12 more Senior Group Homes to be built this year: MSF | Singapore Informer

SINGAPORE: Twelve Senior Group Homes will come up in different towns this year, bringing the total number to 14, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin told Parliament on Tuesday (Jul 14).

Speaking in response to questions by MP for Moulmein-Kallang GRC Denise Phua Lay Peng, the Social and Family Development Minister said that the 14 homes will accommodate up to 250 seniors when fully operational. Only two homes are operating currently, with a capacity of 36 places.

Mr Tan said the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) had started the Senior Group Homes in 2012 to promote ageing-in-place for seniors who are too frail to continue living alone in rental flats by the Housing and Development Board.

Each Senior Group Home is located in a rental block and comprises five to eight units of flats, each shared by two to three “frail” seniors, according to the Ministry. The homes are operated by Voluntary Welfare Organisations funded by MSF.

Describing the role of the VWOs, Mr Tan said: “They coordinate and monitor a range of services for the seniors. Examples of services include Home Care, rehabilitation services, and encouraging the seniors to engage in social activities in the community. The residents are also encouraged to provide mutual support to one another.”

Mr Tan added that the MSF will review the take-up and plans for Senior Group Homes after they are rolled out this year. 

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