The Singapore Programme for Integrated Care for the Elderly (SPICE) is a model of care developed by the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) to provide comprehensive, integrated centre- and home-based services to support caring of the frail elderly. SPICE enables frail elderly who have high care needs and are eligible for admissions into nursing homes, to recover and age within the community. AIC will partner Volunteer Welfare Organisations (VWOs) to operate SPICE centres in various regions of the island. The centres will collaborate with the Restructured Hospitals (RHs) and surrounding general practitioners (GPs) to form a seamless model of care. Existing day rehabilitation centres will be enhanced to enable the VWOs to deliver a higher level of care to the participants. Enhancements include expansions to increase physical capacity, increase in manpower and capability to enable effective management of frail elderly with higher care needs, as well as collaboration with a medical network to provide medical support for the frail elderly. The services provided at these SPICE Centres will be more holistic in comparison to existing day rehabilitation centres in the community.
IN my opinion, such services for the elderly is very beneficial for everyone. This allows the elderly to enjoy their lives at their age. The elderly would also be taken care of and receive good health care. THis will also put the children of the elderly at ease. THis will also prevent the elderly from feeling lonely as they will be living with other elderly. The elderly will have no worry and can just live a carefree life. Thus, these services are excellent and there should be more of such services..