Live in Friendlier Homes

Most of us want to grow older in places we’re familiar with. But these places
may not be sufficiently equipped to support our needs as we age.
What sort of services would we need and how can we design them so that
they’re senior friendly?


  • The Housing & Development Board (HDB) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) will create “Continuing Care Precincts” in new housing developments.

    In certain new public housing precincts such as Tampines North, we are experimenting with the co-location of nursing homes and eldercare facilities such as Senior Activity Centres and Senior Care Centres with HDB flats, so that there is a “continuum” of options, from independent living to residential care facilities, in the same precinct.

  • MOH has planned another 40 day centres for seniors by 2020 to provide integrated health and social care services to seniors.

    About a quarter of these centres will be large “Active Ageing Hubs (AAH)” in HDB developments that will provide both active ageing programmes for active and ambulant seniors, as well as day care, day rehabilitation and assisted living services (such as housekeeping and grocery-shopping) for seniors who are frailer.

    These hubs can also be the venues for social and learning activities for all ages.

  • HDB will build “smarter” homes for seniors.

    HDB is working with industry partners to explore suitable elderly monitoring and alert systems to monitor the safety and wellbeing of elderly HDB residents. These smart alert systems will be available for residents’ subscription when the details are finalised.

  • MOH and the Ministry of National Development will promote Senior Friendly Towns.

    Mature towns can be made safer and more senior-friendly in a number of ways, such as via the smoothening of pathways, installation of more rest stops, replacement of metal drain covers with less slippery concrete ones, and heightening of colour contrasts for uneven surfaces.