New nursing home along Margaret Drive to be ready by 2017

New nursing home along Margaret Drive to be ready by 2017
The nursing home will have an estimated capacity of 290 beds, while the senior care centre can provide care for up to 100 seniors daily.

SINGAPORE - A new nursing home will be built along Margaret Drive, catering to seniors who require a longer recovery period after discharge from the hospital.

Slated to be ready by 2017, the nursing home will include a senior care centre to help families take care of their elder family members in the day while they are at work, Ms Indranee Rajah said on her Facebook page today.

Noting that there are many senior citizens in Tanjong Pagar, Tiong Bahu and Bukit Merah, the Member of Parliament for Tanjong Pagar GRC said that the Ministry of Health (MOH) has been working with the grassroots to bring elderly services closer to the community.

The nursing home will have an estimated capacity of 290 beds, while the senior care centre can provide care for up to 100 seniors daily.

"I hope residents at Margaret Drive and the surrounding estates will volunteer at the home and welcome our seniors into the community when it opens in 2017," she said.

In the pictures she shared on Facebook, the Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Law and Ministry of Education also said that a new road perpendicular to the existing Margaret Drive will be built, allowing access to the new nursing home. 

On Oct 30, the 5th Community Health Centre (CHC) providing specialised eye and foot screenings for diabetes patients was officially opened in Tiong Bahru by Ms Indranee.

Citing the CHC as an example of "MOH's plan to grow healthcare capacity, and make it more affordable and accessible for Singaporeans", Ms Indranee said that CHCs play a role in supporting General Practitioners in their work of treating people with chronic diseases.

"Having the CHC located in the neighbourhood means that those who suffer from such chronic diseases ( many of whom are elderly) can get their tests done within the neighbourhood, saving them from having to move around so much, and also saves on travel costs," she said.

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