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Domestic Workers Not Long-Term Solution For An Ageing Population

The fact that domestic workers in Singapore are forced to take on more roles and duties – as chauffeurs, as tutors, as illegal business workers, and “increasingly hired to care for the elderly or the disabled, and perform medical duties” (ST, Mar 12) – is probably reflective of two unsustainable socio-economic phenomena: that of the over-reliance on domestic workers and the lack of strong legislation to protect them, and that of the policies to care for an ageing population. And as a result of these suboptimal arrangements domestic workers are oftentimes overburdened, the elderly get less-than-adequate care, and the young families supporting and financing these individuals respectively are forced to shoulder more responsibilities. Everybody loses. Continue reading

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The Poor And The Elderly In Singapore: Roving Task-Force A Viable Band-Aid?

It makes one wonder if significant improvements can be made to the much-heralded “many helping hands” framework – involving important stakeholders such as the non-government organisations (NGO) and the Community Development Councils (CDC) – to heighten accessibility, comprehension levels and outreach capabilities. Continue reading

Providing Greater Short-Term Financial Assistance To The Elderly And Needy

Cognisant of the observations that there is already an assortment of aid schemes available for households or individuals, it is imperative for the administration to raise the outreach, accessibility and comprehension of its programmes, create an effective, broad-based roving community task-force, and reinforce long-term safety nets for our rapidly ageing population. Continue reading

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