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Elder-friendly home fittings for 100,000 more households, with lower age limit

Published on Aug 1, 2014 12:49 PM
Madam Hajara Mohamed standing at the entrance of a bathroom in her three-room HDB flat in Bedok North on 22 Nov 2012. Equipped with elderly friendly features, Madam Hajara's flat was chosen under the Home Improvement Programme (HIP) and Enhancement for Active Seniors (Ease).. --  PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN

SINGAPORE - A Housing Board programme to install elder-friendly fittings such as grab bars will now be available to 100,000 more households due to lower age criteria, and will offer improvements to not just one, but two bathrooms.

The Enhancement for Active Seniors (Ease) programme, introduced in 2012, seeks to prevent elderly residents from falling at home. Homeowners can choose from fittings such as slip-resistant treatment of floor tiles in one bathroom, and grab bars and ramps in the flat.

"Since its launch, HDB has received feedback from hospitals, beneficiaries and their caregivers, on how Ease could be further enhanced," said National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan in a blog post on Friday.

Previously, the scheme was available to Singapore citizen households with an elderly family member who is either at least 70 years old, or aged between 65 and 69, but requiring assistance for at least one of the specified activities of daily living, such as dressing and moving around.

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