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Can HDB flats be turned into assisted living units?

Assisted living in flats may be key to meeting the care needs of the ‘missing middle’ who are not well enough to live independently but not so frail as to need nursing home care.

(From left) Caregiver Khin Mar Htwe, Madam Ng Swee Lieng, Madam Lee Yoke Sim, caregiver Naw Mar Mar Aye and Madam Yip Fong Lin at an assisted living unit in a four-room flat in Ang Mo Kio Ave 1. PHOTO: JOSHUA GOH
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With more Singaporeans crossing the age threshold of 65, the need for more, and more varied, eldercare options becomes more urgent.

In just the last decade, the proportion of households where all members were 65 and above doubled from 52,200 (4.6 per cent) in 2010 to 128,200 (9.3 per cent) in 2020. Many of these folks living independently would need the support of family members or part-time caregivers as they age.

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