A more homely nursing facility for those with dementia

SINGAPORE- By the second half of 2016, elderly with dementia can be housed in a nursing home with single or twin sharing rooms, ensuite toilets, and is free from schedule.

Called Jade Circle, the facility will resemble a cosy home rather than a six-bed or eight-bed hospital ward.

The 60 residents will be grouped into clusters of 12 to 14 people, and each cluster has its own dining area and kitchen, complete with smart technology.

The homely features are billed to return "autonomy, dignity and a sense of wellbeing" to the elderly.

Jade Circle is a $15 million extension to the Salvation Army Peacehaven Nursing Home that will also house a training centre for medical professionals working on dementia care and a day care centre.

Lien Foundation and Khoo Chwee Neo Foundation are contributing $5 million each to the project.

kxinghui@sph.com.sg