Monday, 4 September 2017
Caregivers can turn to over 170 elder sitters
Singapore has more than 170 elder sitters on board, as at last December, to help take care of seniors suffering from dementia and give their caregivers a break, exceeding the initial target of 160 by 2020.
Citing how one in four Singaporeans will be 65 or older by 2030, up from one in seven today, Dr Khor said the Government has been enhancing existing initiatives, introducing new programmes to help caregivers and also reviewing schemes to ensure affordability.
For instance, the Government is on track to achieve its target to grow the number of home- and daycare places from 7,500 and 4,000 places today, to 10,000 and 6,200 places respectively by 2020, and would be increasing the number of dementia daycare services threefold to 3,000 places by 2020, she said.
The number of allied health-led community intervention teams, which provide support to people with mental health conditions and their caregivers, will rise from 14 to 18 teams by 2021.