SINGAPORE - Two new nursing homes with senior care centres will open in the next two years in the western part of Singapore, adding nearly 600 beds and more than 100 daycare places.
The two nursing homes will also be designed to cater to dementia patients, such as having wards in smaller clusters with decentralised day spaces and communal facilities like living rooms to encourage interaction among residents, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a press statement on Tuesday (Oct 16).
The Bukit Batok Care Home in the Housing Board's West Rock estate will have 220 nursing home beds, while Senja Care Home at Senja Road in Bukit Panjang will have 350 beds and be the first nursing home in Singapore located next to a polyclinic in a 12-storey Integrated Healthcare Facility.
Both nursing homes will also provide 60 daycare places each in the senior care centres.
They will be operated by Vanguard Healthcare, which was set up by MOH and MOH Holdings in 2015 to grow and support the development of eldercare services here.
Last year, there were 14,918 nursing home beds, 5,000 daycare places and 8,000 home care places, based on the latest data from MOH.
MOH aims to expand this to 17,000 nursing home beds, 6,200 daycare places and 10,000 home care places by 2020.
"Locating eldercare facilities such as nursing homes and senior care centres within HDB estates provides a continuum of options for our seniors, ranging from daycare to residential care in the same precinct," said the ministry statement.
"MOH will continue to invest in aged care services, and build more communities of care, to ensure that our seniors are well-supported to age gracefully within the community, close to their loved ones," it added.
The design of Bukit Batok Care Home, which will open in mid-2019, follows "A Home in a Garden" concept, which uses abundant greenery to provide a healing and restorative living environment for seniors.
It also has features to encourage integration with the community, such as having a fenceless boundary and a public communal plaza.
Meanwhile, Senja Care Home, which will open in end-2020, will enable the sharing of community rehabilitation and physiotherapy services to support polyclinic patients and seniors as their care needs evolve.
Vanguard Healthcare currently operates three nursing homes - Pearl's Hill Care Home, Woodlands Care Home and Tampines Care Home.
The Woodlands and Tampines nursing homes are also located next to senior care centres.