Elderly residents in Whampoa can now access a raft of social care, healthcare and community services at the pilot Community of Successful Ageing centre.
A first-of-its-kind centre makes sure to help transform how seniors can be cared for. The elderly residents who form around a fifth of the population in Whampoa can now avail the elderly facilities from this month at the Whampoa Community Club.
Gan Kim Yong, Health Minister, said that the neighbourhood is an example of how an ageing population can be supported by a ‘community of care’.
The partnership between Tsao Foundation, Health Ministry and Whampoa’s grassroots organisations, the centre features a daycare centre, a clinic and services that help the seniors and caregivers of elderly to manage emotional needs and chronic health conditions.
Peh Kim Choo, Tsao Foundation chief executive, said the new premises will allow it to organise community programmes, such as art classes and volunteering initiatives, that give the elderly more opportunities to interact with residents of different age groups.
One of the first four sites including Marine Parade, Bedok and Taman Jurong, Whampoa was launched in 2012 to seek urban solutions for elderly. The site had undergone for infrastructural improvements.