A fortnight ago I travelled to Fukuoka which is situated in Southern part of Japan. During my stay in Fukuoka, I visited a day care service centre which was situated on the first level of a block of public apartment.
This day care service centre was very different from existing centres, I have seen across till now. This centre is an amalgam of what our current and future Ageing Society demands and in need of. Also, it take care of Caregivers needs and act as a support system.
What impressed me most is their inclusion of day care not only for those who are mobile, semi- mobile or with dementia, but also with bed spaces for those who are fully bed- ridden, allowing their caregivers to go to work or for respite as and when required.
The day care service forms part of a home care support system, together with home help and home nursing care. It allows for aging in place which makes possible with assistance for caregiving in place.
You can also visit iCare Life - Who is an Elder to learn more about Elders and Ageing Process.
Dr. Thang Leng Leng
National University of Singapore (NUS)
(Writer is a member of iCare Life Advisory Board)