As Singapore grows into an ageing society, most of us have to deal with the financial burden of old age. This may be having to care for our ageing parents and relatives, and eventually, our own needs when we grow old. Coupled with the demands of work and lack of time, we may eventually choose to place our parents in nursing homes to give them the most appropriate care we can. As children, we all hope our aged parents get the best care and environment should they fall sick and require extra medical attention. So, here are some recommendations on 3 of the best nursing homes found in Singapore.
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Best Nursing Homes in Singapore
We picked the best three based on three major categories of consideration that we think are important when choosing a nursing home for your parents. We tried to be conscientious of both the costs and services when selecting these nursing homes. We should also note that many Singaporeans have chosen nursing homes in Johor Bahru as a cheaper alternative.
|Nursing Home||Category||Monthly Cost|
|Kwong Wai Shiu||Value||S$963-S$2,407|
|ECON Nursing Home||Activities||S$1,123-S$4,226|
For those who care more about the cost of nursing homes, the Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital may be one of their best choices. Located just across Boon Keng MRT station, Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital has 300 professional staff, trained to serve 350 residents at any point in time. This suggests that the staff to resident ratio is at approximately one-to-one. The monthly fee for a stay at Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital costs between $963 and $2407.50, depending on the level of care the elderly requires. Charges of the different categories can be found below:
|Nursing Category||Ward Fee Per Day (Inclusive of GST)||Remarks|
|Category 2||S$43.87||Eligible Residents After Means-Testing|
|Category 3||S$67.41||Will Enjoy Government Subsidies|
On top of the subsidies, Eldershield and Medishield can be used too, which means a lower fee payable to the nursing home. Also, the charges stated above are the basic ward charges that include accommodation, meals, standard medication and procedures, and laundry.
Furthermore, nursing home fees in Singapore typically ranges from $1,200 to $3,500 monthly, suggesting that the fees at Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital are actually very reasonable. Additionally, the nursing home organises activities and performances for the elderly residing with them as well. Some examples include Getai performances, National Day Observance Ceremonies, Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations and Mother’s Day concerts.
A wide range of services is also available at Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital, including TCM Centres, Community Services, and Rehabilitation Centres which provide physiotherapy and occupational therapy sessions. Hence, rest assured that your folks would only receive the best treatments and services!
Most Convenient Locations
A convenient location is an extremely important criteria when choosing nursing homes. This is to ensure that we can go for frequent visits to see our parents and to cut down on time for commuting.
Orange Valley runs 6 nursing homes in Singapore, and each nursing home is conveniently located near an MRT station – Marsiling, Clementi, Outram Park, Aljunied, Paya Lebar, and Simei. These locations, spread across different parts of Singapore, means that you can easily find one near your home. Orange Valley Nursing Home, established in 1993 is a long-established name in the eldercare sector. Starting with merely 108 beds more than 20 years ago, they are now one of Singapore’s leading eldercare service providers offering a convenient one-stop comprehensive eldercare service. Indeed, they provide a list of services including intensive in-resident therapy for post-stroke or post-surgery, swelling & speech therapy, as well as daily therapy to maintain or improve functionality. Dieticians are also available to ensure that their residents get the best nutrition according to their health conditions.
The monthly fee at Orange Valley Nursing Home is relatively reasonable, ranging from $980 to $4300, depending on the level of care required and room type. There are several room types available for you to choose from as well, from 1-bedded rooms to 4-bedded rooms to 8-bedded rooms, and every room comes with attached toilets, living halls, and dining halls! More about the fees at Orange Valley Nursing Home can be found here.
Best Focus on Recreational Activities
Some of us may find that nursing homes are generally seen as depressive places where elderly persons are placed because of the lack of time and care by their children. This is why it is extremely important to choose a home which provides a “normal” life for its residents, including having lots of recreational activities to do to keep them occupied.
ECON Nursing Home, recreational activities and exercise programs such as mahjong and karaoke sessions are organised on a daily basis to encourage interaction and friendship amongst their residents. So, don’t worry because the elderly are going to be very well entertained!
Monthly fees at ECON Nursing Home are on the pricier side, but if you have the budget, it will definitely be worth it with the quality of service provided. It costs anywhere between $1,123.50 and $4226.50, depending on the level of care required and the type of room chosen. The nursing home is very high in demand amongst Singaporeans, with approximately 20 people on the waiting list for each branch.
ECON Nursing Home also believes in harnessing the good from both Western and Eastern Medicine, hence the comprehensive team of healthcare professionals available at every nursing home, comprising of resident medical doctors, physiotherapists, TCM physicians, health & wellness therapists, and nursing staff.
As you can see, nursing homes are definitely not cheap in Singapore, and this is why many people are also considering alternatives in nearby Johor Bahru. However, having to place our parents there is still a difficult decision to make, given that it is still a foreign country and will probably provide us fewer opportunities to visit our parents. This is why it is extremely important to plan for our retirement and to remind our parents to do so as well!
Best Nursing Homes in Malaysia: Johor Bahur
Average Cost of Nursing Homes in Singapore 2020 ranges from S$1,200 to S$3,500 per month, a hefty sum for most people. With such expensive fees charged in Singapore's elderly care, nursing homes in Johor Bahru are becoming a popular choice amongst Singaporeans. Many have claimed that it is due to the significantly lower cost compared to Singapore, for the same service and double the room space for their parents. It is no wonder many Singaporeans choose to send their parents to nursing homes in Johor Bahru, as price still plays a huge part in deciding which nursing home is the most suitable.