Independent living for seniors - with help if needed

Group lobbying for assisted living facilities hopes such places will be desirable model of care for seniors

St Bernadette Lifestyle Village in Bukit Timah Road provides a 24-hour medical concierge and meals, if required. It has eight rooms, each with its own theme, and residents get help to live as independently as possible. Ms Beatrice Davis, 88, who live
The founders of the Assisted Living Facility Association are (from left) Dr Joseph Lee, 54; Dr Belinda Wee, 54; Assistant Professor Tan Hwee Xian, 35; and Dr Koh Shuwen, 41. They are in the process of registering their association, and plan to come up with guidelines for such places as well as serve as consultants to potential operators. ST PHOTO: SONG TAO
St Bernadette Lifestyle Village in Bukit Timah Road provides a 24-hour medical concierge and meals, if required. It has eight rooms, each with its own theme, and residents get help to live as independently as possible. Ms Beatrice Davis, 88, who live
St Bernadette Lifestyle Village in Bukit Timah Road provides a 24-hour medical concierge and meals, if required. It has eight rooms, each with its own theme, and residents get help to live as independently as possible. ST PHOTO: SONG TAO
St Bernadette Lifestyle Village in Adam Road provides a 24-hour medical concierge and meals, if required. It has eight rooms, each with its own theme, and residents get help to live as independently as possible. Ms Beatrice Davis, 88, who live
St Bernadette Lifestyle Village in Adam Road provides a 24-hour medical concierge and meals, if required. It has eight rooms, each with its own theme, and residents get help to live as independently as possible. ST PHOTO: SONG TAO
St Bernadette Lifestyle Village in Bukit Timah Road provides a 24-hour medical concierge and meals, if required. It has eight rooms, each with its own theme, and residents get help to live as independently as possible. Ms Beatrice Davis, 88, who live
Ms Beatrice Davis, 88, who lives at St Bernadette, getting some pointers on the workings of Amazon's Alexa. ST PHOTO: SONG TAO
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Seniors who need some care have few housing options in Singapore except nursing homes, but a group hopes to push for alternative senior housing facilities.

The group of four healthcare professionals and academics is in the process of registering an association to lobby for the provision of what are called assisted living facilities (ALFs).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 24, 2018, with the headline Independent living for seniors - with help if needed. Subscribe