Sending Ah Ma To JB

The aging population in Singapore has seen a rise in aged care, and with rising costs in such homes, some are looking across the straits for alternative and cheaper care.

Cost isn’t the main criteria when Singaporeans consider sending their loved ones across the border. The state of care and the facilities play a big part as well. Many look at aged homes in JB as warmer and more joyful for their loved ones to live in.

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Nursing homes according to Chief Executive of Lien Foundation, Lee Poh Wah, the state of local nursing homes are dismal, “I view most of them as cold, clinical factories housing warm bodies which are awakened, cleaned and fed on a regimented schedule. There is an institutionalised absence of life and joy.”

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MOH is looking to increase the number of beds in nursing homes from the current 10,000 we have now to 17,150 by the year 2020. Nursing homes will also have to meet higher standards of care with new standards introduced this year.

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Singapore has one of the fastest aging populations in the world, there were more than 430,000 people aged 65 and above as of 2014 june, a 100,000 increase from 2010. The population is set to double by the year 2030 to a million elderly folk.

With figures like that, it isn’t feasible to be sending all our grandparents to Johor.

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