Sites within neighbourhoods identified for first batch of centres
By Salma Khalik, The Straits Times, 29 Sep 2012
MORE than 100 facilities to provide care for the elderly will be built within communities over the next three years as the country gears up to meet the needs of an ageing population.
The amenities, developed by the Ministries of Health and Community Development, Youth and Sports at a cost of $500 million, will be ready by 2016.
Sites - for 10 nursing homes, 21 of 39 senior care centres, and 45 of 55 senior activity centres - have been identified. The ministries will inform residents before making the exact locations public.
This is just the first batch of facilities. The plan is for every neighbourhood to have its own aged-care facilities.
Announcing this yesterday, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said: "By locating these facilities within the community, seniors can continue to age in place gracefully near their loved ones and within an environment they are familiar with."
He hopes residents living near these new facilities will "welcome and embrace" these amenities and view them as necessary. Mr Gan told The Straits Times that he hopes not to see a repeat of the "not-in-my-backyard", or Nimby, syndrome that had cropped up in some areas.