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INTRODUCTION TO NURSING HOME RESPITE CARE

Nursing Home Respite Care (NHRC) is a subsidised service which offers you a temporary relief while your loved one is being cared for in a nursing home.

The minimum period per stay is 7 days. Eligible caregivers could receive a maximum of up to 30 days subsidised nursing home respite care per calendar year (including admission and discharge date). ​​

If you are a caregiver who needs respite for dementia care and support at home, find out more here.

SERVICES PROVIDED

A nursing home respite care provides the following service:

HOW TO APPLY


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​​​To apply for this service, the Care Recipient/Applicant must meet the following conditions

• He/She must be a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident (PR), 

• ​Has pa​ss​ed the household means testing (HHMT) for intermediate and long-term care subsidies and must be able to co-pay for the service required, 

• Has moderate to high nursing care needs (e.g. is semi-mobile, wheelchair-bound or bed-bound, needs daily nursing care and/or help in personal care such as feeding, toileting and transferring, has physical or mental disabilities because of medical conditions such as stroke, dementia and other chronic diseases), 

• Applying due to the one of the following reasons such as:
a. Primary Caregiver requires medical treatment
b. Disruptions in physical living arrangements (e.g. renovations, home upgrading),
c. Foreign Domestic Worker (FDW) is going on home leave and/or
d. Caregiver requires a break from prolonged caregiving. 

​• ​There must be a discharge care plan for your loved one after the period of respite care. ​​​You can ask your social worker or case manager about respite care. 


​​ Who to Approach 

Please visit the nearest AICare Link to speak to a Care Consultant to discuss on the suitability of respite care and in making an application. ​

All respite care applications are to be submitted between 6 and 12 weeks prior to the requested admission date. This is to ensure sufficient period for AIC to process your application and the nursing home to review and conduct the necessary assessment. ​​

​​Documents to Submit

You are required to submit the following documents:

i. Completed Nursing Home Respite Care (NHRC) Declaration Form,

ii. Care Recipient/Applicant's NRIC (Clear copy of the front and back of the NRIC),

iii. Family Guarantor’s NRIC (Clear copy of the front and back of the NRIC), ​

iv. Care Recipient/Applicant’s Medical Report (Valid within six months from the intended date of admission), ​

v. Care Recipient/Applicant’s Chest X-Ray Result (Taken within six months from the intended date of admission) ​

Additional supporting documents for the following reasons:

a. If the primary caregiver requires medical treatment or a break from prolonged caregiving, the medical treatment documentation such as surgical/procedure letters issued by the hospital or clinic is required.

b. If there are​ disruptions in the physical living arrangements (e.g. renovations, home upgrading due to Home Improvement Programme by HDB), the letter indicating the renovations details from the main contractors or official upgrading letters issued by HDB will be required.

c. If the FDW is going on home leave, the latest/renewed work permit copy and the flight booking confirmation (indicating the FDW’s details as well as the to and fro details of the flight) will be required.

d. Or if the caregiver requires a break from prolonged caregiving (such as going on a short trip), the flight booking confirmation (indicating the caregiver’s details as well as the to and fro details of the flight) will be required.

Note: To facilitate your nursing home respite care application, the above supporting documents can be collected from your MSW, case manager or AICare Link Care Consultants​.

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You can download the above steps in the attached factsheet by clicking here​​.

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