Singapore housing programme to help seniors

Wheelchair ramps will be developed across Singapore for seniors who live in flats.


Through the Enhancement for Active Seniors programme, the Housing and Development Board (HBD) of Singapore will be providing ramps for seniors who use wheelchairs.

Owners whose entrances have two to four steps can install two types of ramps: a portable ramp or a customized ramp. Mechanical wheelchair lifts can also be provided under another programme.

“The last time I had a ministerial community visit, there was feedback about having ramps to serve the multi-step entrances. Because in the past, HDB had designed some flats with steps. And these were, in fact, things residents had asked for in the past, because they valued privacy, security.

“So we have old flats with not just one but even two or three steps. But now the residents are older, so they have difficulty accessing the flats. That’s why we’ve been thinking what we can do for these multi-step entrances,” said National Development Minister Lawrence Wong.

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