First dedicated paediatric and dementia wards at new Assisi Hospice

Artist’s impression of the new Assisi Hospice, which will be located close to its current Thomson Road site. When the new and much bigger Assisi Hospice opens in 2016, it will have Singapore's first dedicated paediatric and dementia wards. --
Artist’s impression of the new Assisi Hospice, which will be located close to its current Thomson Road site. When the new and much bigger Assisi Hospice opens in 2016, it will have Singapore's first dedicated paediatric and dementia wards. -- PHOTO: NEW SPACE ARCHITECTS

When the new and much bigger Assisi Hospice opens in 2016, it will have Singapore's first dedicated paediatric and dementia wards.

Aside from more than doubling the number of beds - from 37 to 85 - the new building will also have a section dedicated to education and training in palliative and bereavement care for staff, volunteers and carers.

The place will be built with a homely atmosphere, with "kopitiam"-type dining area for patients and their family to mingle, and a balcony in every room.

Health Minister Gan Kim Yong, who participated at the groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, together with Archbishop William Goh, said: "The challenge is to build a hospice that can feel like a home, so that patients who are unable to be supported at home can have a peaceful and restful place to spend their final days meaningfully."

He said the number of people who will require palliative care will rise from the 5,000-6,000 today, to more than 10,000 by 2020.