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Offer price too low, bid for dementia village rejected

May 23, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
The sole bid for a dementia care village occupying 10 bungalows in Sembawang has been rejected as its offer price of $15 million was deemed too low, the authorities said yesterday.

Their idea for a gated community in Gibraltar Crescent, where people with dementia can live safely, had been accepted by the evaluation committee chaired by the Ministry of Health, but ultimately failed to win the tender with the price they were willing to offer.

The dementia village is part of MOH's efforts to expand the range of care options available for dementia patients here, which currently include daycare, purpose-built nursing homes and eldersit services, where those with dementia are engaged in mind-stimulating activities at home.

Had the tender been awarded, the dementia village would have been the first of its kind in Singapore, where one in 10 people aged 60 and older suffers from the condition.

MOH said last year that the dementia care village model could potentially be adapted for different environments and help improve care services in both subsidised and non-subsidised facilities.