New eldercare centre offers active rehabilitation programmes

Official opening of NTUC Eldercare's latest day-care centre for the elderly at Dakota Crescent.

SINGAPORE : NTUC Eldercare’s latest day—care centre for the elderly at Dakota Crescent will offer "active rehabilitation" programmes.

It will have, among other things, a karaoke room and a gym.

Singapore’s Minister in charge of ageing issues, Lim Boon Heng, who was at the opening on Monday, said staying active will add years to the life of seniors.

At the new centre, a physiotherapist will work with seniors to help them regain their range of motion, physical strength and balance.

Lim Sia Hoe, general manager, NTUC Eldercare Co—operative Limited, said: "Some of their functionability is basically affected, so there is a disability in the way they do their daily activities and daily living.

"And how do we actually get them to be well again or at least optimise on the functionability part of it? Active rehab comes into play — it is a very dedicated, very personalised programme. We design for each and every one of them. It’s not one size fits all."

The centre is the seventh NTUC Eldercare centre, with another being planned in Fengshan in the first quarter of next year.

The fee for joining the day—care centre is S$520 a month.

The labour movement’s U Care Fund has donated S$1 million to the NTUC Eldercare Trust, which facilitates fund—raising efforts to keep the centres’ services affordable.

— CNA/al