MacPherson Gardens Estate to have extensive barrier-free features

To cope with an ageing population, Singapore is looking into make it easier for the elderly to move around.

And come 2010, barrier-free features will become a reality at the MacPherson Gardens Estate under the estate upgrading programme.

Some of these features include brightly-coloured markings on the floor to highlight changes in levels and direction of roads, gentle slopes and ramps, as well as flattened road kerbs and covered drains.

And making it easier for the wheelchair bound to get into the outdoors are rain shelters with provision for wheelchairs.

About a third of the residents are at least 55 years old at MacPherson Gardens Estate.

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 7 Mar 2009

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