Temasek Cares – Care Close to Home
Community-based healthcare programme that includes personal care and social service support to help vulnerable elderly to age-in-place
Partners: AWWA Seniors Activity Centre, Kreta Ayer Seniors Activity Centre, Agency for Integrated Care
With rising life expectancies in Singapore, the number of frail seniors with multiple chronic conditions and complex care needs will increase significantly. To be able to age-in-place, seniors will require access to a range of aged care services in the community and at home.
Temasek Cares - Care Close to Home is a pilot programme that supports vulnerable seniors to age-in-place within the community. In this programme, Care Teams consisting of Social Workers and Health Care Aides from Seniors Activity Centres in Ang Mo Kio and Kreta Ayer provide care coordination and services to vulnerable seniors living in 1 to 2-room rental flats in these two areas.
This community-based programme provides client-centric personal daily care services for the elderly. These include physical and cognitive care (e.g. medical and nursing care), social care (e.g. befriending and financial support) and personal care (e.g. showering and toileting). The Care Team will also assist to coordinate the multiple medical appointments on the elderly's behalf and escort them to these appointments. The Temasek Cares - Care Close to Home programme is expected to benefit 1,020 seniors over 3 years.