askST: What care and subsidies are available for seniors?

Kampung Admiralty, Singapore's first "retirement kampung", houses an active-ageing hub that provides programmes for healthy seniors as well as rehabilitation care for those who are more frail.
Touch Home Care volunteer Lim Peng Peng delivering food to Mr Goh Sing Teck, 68. Mr Goh says the meal delivery service is convenient for him as he has difficulty walkingST FILE PHOTO
Touch Home Care volunteer Lim Peng Peng delivering food to Mr Goh Sing Teck, 68. Mr Goh says the meal delivery service is convenient for him as he has difficulty walking.
Kampung Admiralty, Singapore's first "retirement kampung", houses an active-ageing hub that provides programmes for healthy seniors as well as rehabilitation care for those who are more frail.ST PHOTO: BENJAMIN SEETOR

The number of nursing home beds has gone up from 9,600 in 2011 to 14,900 last year. More are in the works and there should be 17,000 beds by 2020.

Apart from having more beds, newer nursing homes are designed to be more soothing. Ren Ci's home at Ang Mo Kio, for example, places four people to a room, with shared living and dining areas.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 07, 2018, with the headline 'What care and subsidies are available for seniors?'. Print Edition | Subscribe