Why is the government building more nursing homes in Singapore?

Singapore’s population is ageing, so demand for aged care facilities in Singapore is growing. To meet this need, 10 more new nursing homes will be built in different parts of Singapore by 2016...


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Singapore’s population is ageing, so demand for aged care facilities in Singapore is growing.
 
To meet this need, 10 more new nursing homes will be built in different parts of Singapore by 2016.
 
Nursing homes are assets to the community where residents can tap on and benefit from services and amenities like day rehabilitative and respite care.
 
Nursing homes in Singapore today continue to improve. Not only are facilities modern and comfortable, they provide a wide range of services like medical and nursing care, physiotherapy and dental services.
 
To ensure standards of care are met, the Ministry of Health (MOH) conducts regular checks. MOH also partners the community, through initiatives like the Nursing Home Visitors Programme, to obtain feedback from nursing home residents and their family members. The feedback will help to improve on the quality of care at the homes.
 
So what about the quality of the nursing home staff? MOH and the Agency for Integrated Care are working closely with the sector to support them in attracting and retaining nurses, therapists and care staff to look after our elderly.  Staff also have access to various training opportunities  to continuously improve their skills and upgrade. 
 
Overall, with nursing homes within the community, our seniors will be able to age in familiar surroundings, close to their loved ones.

This article is accurate as of Jul 2013.


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