The Straits Times
Published on Oct 09, 2012

Better-designed eldercare centres can help turn 'Nimby' into 'Gimby'

MPs say this can help change residents' negative perception


With more than 100 new eldercare facilities coming up within communities by 2016, MPs said better-designed facilities are one factor that can help turn Nimby (not in my backyard) sentiments into Gimby (good in my backyard) ones.

This is especially so for nursing homes - 10 new ones will be built by 2015 - which tend to attract stronger opposition. By 2016, 56 senior activity centres and 39 senior care centres will also be built across the island.

The Government will be spending $500 million on these facilities as it gears up to meet the needs of an ageing population. Mr Sam Tan, MP for Radin Mas, thinks his residents will welcome the home that will be built in his constituency as it has a high proportion of elderly residents.

Residents seeking his help to place family members in a nursing home have asked for the facility to be near where they live to make it more convenient for regular visits, he said.