A new type of public housing jointly developed by Ministry of National Development (MND), Housing & Development Board (HDB) and Ministry of Health (MOH), the Community Care Apartments (CCA) combine senior-friendly housing with care services, offering an option for seniors to age in-place and independently in a community setting.
The first batch of CCA will be made available during the February 2021 BTO Sales Launch!
So, what does the CCA consist of, and who is eligible to apply for the flat? We list 5 key things that you need to know about the upcoming CCA.
1. Varied Facilities and Amenities
Located at Bukit Batok West Avenue 9, the CCA is close to parks such as Little Guilin, Bukit Batok Nature Park and Bukit Batok Central Park.
Besides shopping malls and wet markets, there are also several healthcare facilities nearby – Bukit Batok Polyclinic, St. Luke’s Hospital and Ng Teng Fong General Hospital are all located just a short bus ride away.
Within the development, residents will have convenient access to an activity centre, a community garden, and fitness stations to maintain an active lifestyle. The CCA will also house a hawker centre offering a variety of affordable food options.
2. Minimal to No Renovation Required
Interested seniors would be glad to know that little to no renovation is required for these units! Each 32sqm CCA unit adopts an open layout, with sliding partitions to separate the living room and bedroom for greater privacy.
The flat also comes ready with senior-friendly design features and other pre-installed fittings, including:
- Wide wheelchair-friendly main door with a built-in bench at the side
- Large wheelchair-accessible toilet with grab bars and slip-resistant flooring
- Built-in wardrobe and cabinets
- Furnished kitchen (without fridge and washing machine)
- Service yard accessible from toilet, with clothes drying rack
On each floor of the CCA block, there will also be a furnished communal space for residents to mingle, share meals and take part in group activities.
3. Integrated Care Services
Care services are provided at the CCA to meet seniors’ needs, to support independent living within a social setting for an enriching retirement life.
Residents will have to subscribe to a Basic Service Package. The package offers 24-hour emergency monitoring and response, basic health checks, and the service of an on-site community manager who will organise regular activities and programme for the residents. The community manager will also ensure that the following services are provided:
- Care and support services
- Simple home fixes
- Activities at the communal spaces
- Key card access to individual flats
Depending on their needs and preferences, seniors can also choose to add on optional services that cover different activities in day-to-day living.
4. Eligibility Conditions
As the CCA is intended as an affordable housing option for seniors, the applicant(s) and their spouse (if any) must be 65 years old and above. Applicants have the flexibility to choose a lease ranging from 15 to 35 years (in five-year increments), as long as itcovers both the applicant and their spouse (if any) until at least 95 years old.
Those who have taken up housing subsidies twice, and have bought a Studio Apartment or short-lease 2-room Flexi flat before are not eligible to purchase a CCA.
Here’s a quick summary of the eligibility conditions:
5. Full Upfront Payment for Flat Purchase
Successful applicants for CCA are required to make full upfront payment for the flat either by cash and/or CPF. For the mandatory Basic Service package, applicants can decide to make either full or partial upfront payment in cash, with a monthly fee throughout the lease term.
This is illustrated in the indicative prices for the CCA at Bukit Batok:
Using the 15-year lease tenure as an example, an applicant has 2 payment options.
While both options require full upfront payment of $40,000 for the flat itself, the applicant may choose either to pay $22,000 upfront (Option 1) for the Basic Service Package, or make partial upfront payment of $13,000 (Option 2) with the remaining fees to be paid monthly. If partial payment is chosen, the applicant would have to pay an estimated $50 per month throughout the remaining lease tenure of 15 years.
Another key difference between a CCA unit and other HDB flats is that it cannot be resold or rented out. Owners who do not require the CCA anymore can return it to HDB. They will receive a refund of the value of the remaining lease of the flat.
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