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Are Singaporeans ready for Ah Kong to age in place?

Alternatives to nursing homes are being turned to more, such as care at home or in day centres. But is there enough capacity for such care, and enough staff? And is the financing system optimal to support this?

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Eighty-six-year-old Madam Mak Seet Theng is paralysed on the left side of her body after a stroke in 2011.

Her condition means that she is bed-bound and has to be fed by a tube. She requires constant care and has to be moved throughout the day to prevent bed sores.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 30, 2018, with the headline Are Singaporeans ready for Ah Kong to age in place?. Subscribe