Demand for home-care services on the rise
Transitional care services to ease patients back home also catching on
More people are opting to be cared for at home and service providers are stepping up to meet the demand.
Two voluntary welfare organisations that are major providers of home-care services, for instance, have become busier.
NTUC Eldercare has seen client numbers for its home-care services more than triple from 80 in 2012 to 250 last year; Touch Home Care reported a 20 per cent increase in the number of patients from 2012 to last year.
Under such services, trained staff go to the patient's home and provide non-medical services such as washing or housekeeping. They also engage patients in conversation or games.