"When I am at the centre, the care staff teaches me to sing and play music. The hand drum is my favourite instrument.”
- A senior who goes to a day care centre
Support in the Community
Besides providing respite for you,
day care centres offer health and rehabilitation services, along with
social activities to improve your loved one’s health, guiding their
progress in the right direction.
• Day Care:
Your loved one can exercise and interact with other seniors while you
are at work. Transportation can be arranged to and fro the centre, if
• Day Rehabilitation:
A physiotherapist will carry out therapy sessions so that your loved
one can regain their ability to carry out daily activities such as
walking and toileting.
• Dementia Day Care: Staff will engage your loved one with dementia in tailored activities to keep their mind stimulated.
Care at Home
Being in a familiar
environment gives your wheelchair-bound loved one the best support in
healing both their body and their mind.
They can remain at home,
close to the family, with home care services at their doorstep, such as
nursing support and extra help around the house, etc.
Interim Caregiving Service: You need more time to sort out the care
options for your loved one following their hospital discharge. A care
aid can support their nursing needs for up to two weeks.
Home Medical: A care professional provides treatment of chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol.
Home Nursing: A nurse helps with wound dressings, injections and change of feeding tubes
Home Therapy: A therapist helps your loved one regain or maintain their ability to carry out daily activities.
Meals-on-Wheels: Get food delivered to your loved one if they are unable to buy or cook their own meals.
Medical Escort and Transport: A care staff and transport service will accompany your loved one to medical appointments and take them home.
Integrated Home and Day Care Packages:
If your loved one needs different care services, a service provider
will co-ordinate home and day care services to meet their needs. There
are various packages available.
Taking a break from Caregiving
can be a long-term commitment. That is why taking care of yourself is
not a luxury, it is a necessity. Giving yourself a rest and to do things
that you enjoy is not only beneficial to you, but to your loved one
Centre-based Respite Care:
Feel assured to take a break and have some time for yourself knowing
your loved one is well taken care of by trained staff at the day care
Nursing Home Respite Care:
This service can take over your caregiving role for your loved one with
nursing needs if you need a break of at least seven days.
One of the most stressful areas when it comes to caregiving is working out how you will pay for it.
For families who encounter financial difficulties, there is a variety of schemes that can help you and your loved one.
Caregivers Training Grant:
Receive an annual $200 subsidy if you, or your Foreign Domestic Worker
(FDW), attend approved caregiving courses. You can also consider the
Eldercarer FDW Scheme if you need a trained helper.
Foreign Domestic Worker Grant:
A monthly grant of $120 is available to offset the cost of hiring an
FDW if your loved one needs permanent assistance with three or more
Activities of Daily Living (ADL).
Foreign Domestic Worker Levy Concession for Persons with Disabilities:
Pay a lower levy of $60 per month (instead of $265) when you hire an
FDW to help care for your loved one with permanent disabilities.
Seniors’ Mobility and Enabling Fund: Subsidies for assistive devices (e.g. walking aids), home care items (e.g. adult diapers), and transportation.
Pioneer Generation Disability Assistance Scheme:
As a Pioneer, your loved one can receive $100 a month to support their
cost of care if they have moderate to severe disabilities.
Community Health Assist Scheme:
See a doctor or dentist near your home at lower cost. Referrals to
Specialist Outpatient Clinics in public hospitals or the National Dental
Centre are also subsidised. All members of the Pioneer Generation also
get CHAS subsidies.
Primary Care Network:
A network of General Practitioners supported by nurses and care
coordinators who aim to provide holistic and coordinated care for
patients with chronic conditions.
• Interim Disability Assistance Programme for the Elderly:
An assistance scheme for seniors who were not eligible for ElderShield
because they were too old or had pre-existing disabilities. They can
receive $150 or $250 monthly cash payout (depending on their financial
circumstances) for up to 72 months.
is for seniors who value their independence, but need some help with
day-today activities, such as dressing, bathing or taking medication.
If your loved one requires a greater degree of medical
support, or has extensive care needs that cannot be provided by current
home care services, a medical social worker may refer them to a nursing