According to the Singapore Department of Statistics, 900,000 Singaporeans will reach the age of 65 and above by 2030. That means more people will require eldercare services as Singapore ages.

To combat the rising demand, in the past ten years, NTUC Health Co-operative Limited (NTUC Health) has been introducing new eldercare services to meet the different needs of families and their dependents, including three nursing homes, located in Chai Chee, Geylang East and Jurong West.

Although more nursing homes will be built in the next few years to ensure the availability of care for seniors, most still prefer to age in their own homes.

As such, more than ten years ago, NTUC Health collaborated with the government to pilot an initiative called Care@home. Its primary aim was to enable the elderly to recuperate and age in the comfort of their homes by providing home care services.

Linda Chew, Head of Home Care, NTUC Health said: “Care@home manages a team of healthcare professionals and trained caregivers to care for the physical, psychological, social and emotional needs of the elderly. The service can be engaged for short-term or long-term care depending on the requirements of the elderly.”

Over the following years, Care@home expanded their services from Home Personal Care where a trained care associate is deployed to assist the elderly in their daily activities such as light grocery shopping, personal hygiene, simple meal preparation, companionship, etc. to include:

  • Home Nursing where a trained licensed nurse will provide nursing care to enable seniors who require post-surgery or long-term medical care to recuperate at home;
  • Home Therapy where a team made up of physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists, assesses, recommends and assists seniors with physical rehabilitation; and
  • Home Medical care where doctors do house calls for seniors who have difficulty leaving their home.

Apart from home care services, Care@home also provides training for caregivers to gain practical skills and knowledge so that they know how to care for their loved ones properly at home.

Linda said: “Caregiving can be difficult and stressful for the family members. With the knowledge and skills, caregivers are better equipped and able to provide proactive care for their loved ones. They can also reach out to Care@home for resources or support when needed.”

If you are interested to find out more about the home care services and caregivers’ training provided by NTUC Health, you may visit their website or email their care coordinators at care-home@ntuchealth.sg. You can also follow them on Facebook.

NTUC Health is an NTUC social enterprise that is committed to providing quality and affordable health and eldercare services to meet the growing needs of families and their dependents. It currently manages the NTUC Health Active Ageing Hub, NTUC Health Cluster Support, NTUC Health Nursing Home, SilverACE senior activity centres, SilverCOVE senior wellness centre, Silver Circle senior day care services, Care@home, Unity Denticare, Unity Family Medicine Clinic and Henderson Home.