SINGAPORE - A new care centre for the elderly was launched on Sunday (Feb 26) at the official reopening of Whampoa Community Club (CC), which had been closed for more than a year for upgrading works.
The CC has more than doubled in size, with a site area of about 4,000 sq m and includes the first Community for Successful Aging (ComSA) Centre. The centre, a collaboration between the National Healthcare Group and Tsao Foundation, comprises an in-house outpatient clinic and a Senior Care Centre.
Other new facilities at the CC include an air-conditioned multi-purpose hall, dance studios and a childcare centre to meet potential demand from young families expected to move into two new housing estates coming up in Whampoa.
The latest Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters (ABC Waters) project developed by PUB was also launched by Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim on Sunday.
A 450m stretch of the Sungei Whampoa waterway adjacent to the CC has been transformed to provide new social spaces, including a rain garden.
Speaking at the CC's reopening, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said: "The ComSA centre is an example of the development of community care infrastructure to support our care transformation efforts - to go beyond healthcare to health, and to extend care beyond hospitals to home."
Jalan Besar GRC MP Heng Chee How added that the centre would help to serve the significant number of seniors living in the Whampoa estate, where about a fifth of residents are over 60 and a quarter are over 50.
Whampoa resident June Lee, 65, visits the ComSA Centre five days a week. Madam Lee, who has been wheelchair-bound since a fall two years ago, undergoes therapy to walk once a week at the centre.
"I also sing karaoke here with my friends, I like to come here," she said.