Mobile app for eldercare services

SINGAPORE - A free mobile application to help people locate eldercare services was launched on Saturday at the first ever Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS) Health Carnival.

Called the Mobile Eldercare Locator (MEL), the GPS-enabled app allows users to search for clinics and service providers, based on location and type of services required.

There are more than 1,000 such organisations featured in the app, which was developed by the Agency for Integrated Care.

Health Minister Gan Kim Yong, who was guest of honour at Saturday's carnival in Jurong West, encouraged the 700-strong crowd to download the new app and to sign up for CHAS.

"With more Singaporeans suffering from chronic diseases, there is a need to help people understand their own state of health better... and support them in managing any conditions," said Mr Gan.

The CHAS benefits people aged 40 and above who live in a household with a monthly income of no more than $1,500 per head. Some 220,000 people already receive subsidised care at private general practices and dental clinics under the scheme.

Separately, the Health Promotion Board (HPB) on Saturday launched a new set of dietary guidelines for those aged 50 and above at an event in Bukit Batok Central.

Aside from dietary recommendations, the guidelines - available online at HPB's website - suggest that the elderly consume quality, nutrient-dense foods but in smaller quantities because they tend to be less active.

Softer foods, which are easier to swallow, calcium- fortified foods to combat loss of bone calcium, and fluids to counter constipation were also highlighted by the board as elderly friendly.

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