Low to mid income Singaporeans without a family can expect more mutual support homes within their communities. The government has started a pilot project of senior group homes, where seniors live together in a cluster of rental apartments.  These communities are meant for people who can no longer live on their own, but who choose not to live in a nursing home.  It is hoped that members of the community will provide each other with companionship and support. A resident who recently moved to such a home expressed his contentment stating,  “Three people in a room, sharing is a wonderful concept, a wonderful idea. The only thing that can go wrong is if all three people start fighting among themselves, which I think is highly not probable because most of the old people are quite gentle people and they’re not aggressive. So it will definitely work.” The homes are under video surveillance as a safety feature. The Minister of State for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Halimah Yacob, says that during the pilot phase admission of people without a family support system will be prioritized. If the programme is successful, it may be expanded in the future. Would such a scheme work in the country where you operate? Why or why not?

Photo Courtesy Hoong Wei Long

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