Build flats for the elderly nearer medical facilities

An elderly woman walking along the corridor at the foot of a block of flats Ang Mo Kio.
An elderly woman walking along the corridor at the foot of a block of flats Ang Mo Kio. PHOTO: ST FILE

We should not see caring for the elderly as a burden but a challenge and responsibility ("Need to rethink care of elderly as population ages rapidly, says Gan"; Oct 21).

Creative and productive ideas can create a better environment for us and for the elderly to enjoy their old age.

The elderly who need home care could be grouped together so that healthcare nurses do not need to travel to many different locations. This can save a lot of manpower, travelling costs and time.

Flats can be built next to hospitals, with subsidised day-care facilities nearby.

The hospital can share some of its services, such as providing healthier meals to the elderly at affordable rates.

With medical facilities next door, the elderly can save time when travelling for check-ups.

Doctors can also easily attend to those who have mobility problems.

These facilities will give caregivers peace of mind when they go to work. Perhaps some of them can be employed at these facilities.

Students from nearby schools can be encouraged to visit the residents during their free time. A residents' committee can also give some support in the form of community bonding.

In this way, the elderly can live in a home environment, yet have the benefit of hospital facilities.

Tan Poh

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 29, 2016, with the headline 'Build flats for the elderly nearer medical facilities'. Print Edition | Subscribe