10 May 2012, 3.34PM
Seven new Senior Service Centres (SSC) will be opened by the end of 2013 to provide more support and facilities for the elderly. This was announced by Minister of State for Community Development, Youth and Sports Halimah Yacob at the official opening of the SSC in Ang Mo Kio.
Typically located at the void decks of studio apartment blocks, the SSCs provide members with access to newspapers, computers and social recreation activities. Residents can also receive paid services like medical consultations and physiotherapy sessions. In addition, SSC staff will monitor the Alert Alarm Monitoring System that are installed in the nearby studio apartments so that there is prompt response to any emergencies.
Residents can register as members of the SSC for free, and members need not be seniors or live in the same neighbourhood.
Providing such community facilities will enable the elderly to continue living at home with their loved ones. Said Madam Halimah: “If we want seniors to be able to continue to age at home, we must provide services that are accessible and affordable to them.”
Read the full story from The Straits Times.
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