250 assisted-living flats to be launched in Bedok in December
01 Dec 2023
The Straits Times
SINGAPORE – About 250 community care apartments in Bedok will be launched in December’s Build-To-Order (BTO) exercise, the authorities said on Nov 30, as they released more information on these assisted-living spaces.
To encourage intergenerational bonding, the flats will be part of a bigger development in Chai Chee, which includes three-, four- and five-room flats.
The wait for a flat will range from three years and three months to three years and seven months.
The assisted-living public housing project will be the third of its kind to be launched.
The first project in Bukit Batok is slated to be completed in the third quarter of 2024, while the second in Queenstown will be ready in 2028.
In a statement, the Ministry of National Development, Ministry of Health and Housing Board (HDB) said the community care flats in Bedok are among 1,234 flats in the Chai Chee Green BTO project.
Each assisted-living unit will come with senior-friendly fittings, such as wheelchair-accessible bathrooms with slip-resistant flooring and grab bars, and wheelchair-friendly main doors with a built-in bench beside the entrance.
The flats have a floor area of about 32 sq m, and include a built-in wardrobe, cabinets and a furnished kitchen so that seniors can move in with minimal renovations.
Residents living in community care flats will have to subscribe to a basic service package, which includes 24-hour emergency monitoring and basic health checks. The package will cost residents at least $2,100 a year.
An on-site community manager will help to connect residents with care service providers, and assist with simple household fixes. Those who require more services such as meal delivery and laundry can opt for them, at additional cost.
Communal spaces will be included on every floor of the community care block to encourage seniors to mingle with one another and participate in programmes organised by the community manager, the agencies said.
“This helps to build meaningful social networks and enhances seniors’ engagement and well-being,” they added.
Those who wish to apply for community care flats must be aged 65 and above, and are subject to the income ceiling of $14,000 a month.
They can choose from leases that begin from 15 years, and selected leases have to last residents till they are at least 95 years old.
Some flats will be reserved for seniors with care needs, where at least one applicant or essential occupier needs permanent assistance daily, the agencies said.
Prices will be available on the HDB flat portal at launch. It did not reveal the launch date.
Chai Chee Green is bounded by Chai Chee Lane and Bedok North Road and comprises seven 15-storey blocks.
The project is fairly close to Bedok North MRT station on the Downtown Line, and Bedok and Kembangan stations on the East-West Line.
There will be social and communal facilities within the development such as an eating house and a residents’ network centre.
The agencies said they will ramp up the supply of assisted-living flats if the model of care provision is effective and scalable, and they plan to launch up to 30 such projects across Singapore by 2030.
3D models of the community care block and a flat unit, along with a mock-up of the communal space in the block and a showroom of a flat, are on display at the HDB Hub in Toa Payoh.
Seniors can make an appointment to view the exhibition from Nov 30 at https://go.gov.sg/reg-cca-exhibition-2023
About 6,000 flats will be launched in the final sales exercise of 2023, with the other projects in Bishan, Bukit Merah, Bukit Panjang, Jurong West, Queenstown and Woodlands.
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