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INTRODUCTION TO NURSING HOME RESPITE CARE

Nursing Home Respite Care offers 24/7 care to your loved one in a subsidised or private nursing home.


As a caregiver, there will be times when you need an extended break from caregiving. It can be to attend to your own needs or to simply get some rest. For families who engage foreign domestic workers (FDWs) to help them with caregiving, there will be times when the FDW goes on home leave, and you need to find someone else to help with caregiving.


Depending on your needs, you may choose either (i) Planned Respite; or (ii) Crisis Respite.


1. Planned respite: Ideal if you are able to foresee when you will require the service. Click here to learn more.


2. Crisis respite: Caters to family emergency such as when illness occurs, and help is needed urgently. Click here to learn more.

SERVICES PROVIDED

A nursing home respite care provides the following service:


1. Planned Respite Care


Planned respite is offered at both subsidised and private nursing homes.


To access subsidised nursing home respite care, your loved one will have to pass the means-testing criteria for intermediate to long-term care (ILTC) subsidies. Please see Apply For Subsidy for more details on the application process.


Otherwise, you may approach any private nursing home for assistance. 

 

HOW TO APPLY FOR PLANNED RESPITE CARE


To apply for this service, your loved one must meet the following minimum criteria: 


1. Has moderate to high nursing care needs


2. Applying due to the one of the following reasons:

  • Main caregiver requires medical treatment
  • Disruptions to physical living arrangements (e.g. renovations, home upgrading)
  • Foreign Domestic Worker (FDW) going on home leave
  • Caregiver requires a break from prolonged caregiving

3. Has a care plan in place after discharge from the nursing home



You may approach a Care Consultant at your nearest AICare Link, or contact any private nursing home for assistance.


The process of applying for non-subsidised planned respite is similar to crisis respite care. Click here to learn more.


Please note that application does not guarantee placement – this is subject to the nursing home's assessment and their bed availability during the intended respite period.



SUBSIDIES FOR PLANNED RESPITE CARE


Subsidies are currently available for planned respite.


If your loved one passes the household means-testing for ILTC subsidy, you may approach a Care Consultant at your nearest AICare Link for assistance to assess your loved one's suitability for subsidised respite care.


The Care Consultant will be able to make an application on your behalf to a suitable nursing home. Alternatively, if your loved one is known to a Medical Social Worker or Case Manager, you can speak with him/her about making an application.


All applications for subsidised respite are to be submitted 4 weeks prior to the requested admission date. This is to provide sufficient time for AIC to process your application and for the nursing home to review and conduct the necessary assessments.


The steps above, as well as documents required for submission, may be downloaded here.




2. Crisis Respite Care
(Non-subsidised service)


Crisis respite caters to family emergency such as when illness occurs, and help is needed urgently. For such situations, you may approach selected nursing homes that are able to admit your loved one within 1 to 2 working days. 


In general, daily room and board rate ranges from $100 to $150 for open ward (excluding administration fees, consumables, and a refundable deposit), and there is currently no subsidy available. 


Caregivers are encouraged to enquire directly with the nursing homes on their bed availability and charges. The list of participating homes and their contact details may be downloaded here.



HOW TO APPLY FOR CRISIS RESPITE CARE


To facilitate the nursing home's review of your application, please prepare: 

• a copy of the Care Recipient's Medical Report, including his/her chest X-ray result. Please note that the report should be dated no earlier than 6 months from the intended date of admission.



These are suggested ways to obtain the Medical Report: 

• Use Care Recipient's hospital discharge summary if he/she was discharged not more than 6 months ago; 

• Through the Care Recipient's regular General Practitioner; or 

• Through participating medical facilities listed here 

* Participating medical facilities will be able to assist you with the required Medical Report and Chest X-ray within 1-2 working days. 



Your doctor should include the following details in the Medical Report: 

• Diagnosis 

• Clinical history 

• Current functional status 

• Required nursing procedures 

• Drug allergy history (including list of current medications) 

• Cognitive and behavioural symptoms (if applicable) 

• Results from Chest X-Ray 


You may also approach our Care Consultant at your nearest AICare Link for a report template or for advice on applying for this service. Alternatively, you may call the Singapore Silver Line at 1800-650-6060 for more information. A step-by-step guide on applying for crisis respite care may be downloaded here.


Please note that crisis respite care is not a suitable option if your loved one has a condition that requires urgent medical attention. For such cases, please seek assistance from a General Practitioner or hospital.

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