Singapore lacks after-hours care for the elderly: Gan
Minister has set up committee to find ways to provide home-care support
There are gaps in Singapore's eldercare services that need to be plugged if more old people are to continue living at home after they become frail.
One of them is the need for after-hours care, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong.
Today, support services for the elderly, such as day and rehabilitation care, are largely available only during office hours. These services need to be extended to accommodate elderly people with family members returning home late or those living alone who might need help at night.
Another is having medical care, such as a general practitioner clinic or polyclinic, located near apartments for the elderly - something Singapore can include in its development plans, said Mr Gan.