Hospitals gear up for spike in dementia cases
IMH to open homely wards with 'memory cubby holes' by bedside for patients
Published on Jan 19, 2014 6:53 AM
New facilities for dementia patients are being launched as hospitals and help agencies gear up for a surge in the number of people who seek earlier help for the disease.
Next month, the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) will open its wards specially for dementia patients.
Designed to create a homely environment, the wards lead to a garden. There will be "memory cubby holes" installed by the bedside for patients to place cherished items that may help trigger their memory.
The colours and materials of furniture in the wards are specially selected to provide a calming environment.
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DEMENTIA IN SINGAPORE
28,000 - Number of Singaporeans aged 60 and above with dementia
80,000 -Projected number of such cases by 2030