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PAP Community Foundation Opens First Senior Care Centre, Sparkle Care @ Changi Simei


Saturday, 02 April 2016 The PAP Community Foundation (PCF) officially opened its first senior care centre on Saturday, 2 April 2016.
The new Sparkle Care @ Changi Simei is a response by PCF to the growing needs of the community in caring for the elderly. With this new role, PCF aims to provide quality and affordable care services to seniors, in addition to its significant role in early childhood education 
The centre is designed to support the elderly with multiple care needs and provide relief to their caregivers. It is licensed to offer dementia and maintenance care, rehabilitation care and nursing care. Since the centre opened its doors to seniors in September last year, enrolment has increased to more than 70 clients today.  Most are in their 70s or 80s with the most senior being 97 years old.
Mr Lawrence Wong, Chairman of PCF Council of Management and Minister for National Development said at the ceremony, “In the 60s, PCF responded to the need for pre-school services by setting up void-deck kindergartens. Subsequently with changing demand and needs, we shifted to full-day childcare services. Now with a rapidly ageing population, we are seeing greater needs on the ground for senior care services. That’s why we are starting this new service. Because we have little experience in this area, we decided to start by partnering with the Alzheimer’s Disease Association and the St. Andrew’s Community Hospital.”
He also said, “PCF will continue to expand eldercare services to meet the needs of the community. We have already started work on our second senior care centre at Yew Tee, which will be ready by the end of this year.”
Chairman of PCF Executive Committee, Mrs Josephine Teo, added “This is PCF’s first foray into senior care of this nature. Besides building up our capabilities through well-trained and dedicated staff, we also want to involve volunteers in serving our elders.  It will take time and resources, but just as we were committed to support families with children through our network of infant- and childcare centres, we will develop our senior care network as the needs grow. We see this as part of our social responsibility to support families, to enable seniors to age with dignity and to promote communities where people care for one another. Mrs Teo is also Senior Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Transport