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Easing applications for schemes supporting caregivers of persons with intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorder

Schemes to Support Caregiving Needs of Persons with Disabilities

1       Currently, caregivers of persons with disabilities who need help with activities of daily living (ADL) may apply for the following schemes administered by the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC):
i) Foreign Domestic Worker Levy Concession for Persons with Disabilities enables caregivers of persons with disabilities who need help with at least 1 ADL to pay the concessionary levy rate of $60 per month, instead of the usual levy of $265.
ii) Foreign Domestic Worker Grant provides caregivers of persons with disabilities who need help with at least 3 ADLs a monthly grant of $120. This grant is means-tested and can be used to defray the cost of hiring a Foreign Domestic Worker (FDW).

Introduction of Alternative Assessment for Application for Foreign Domestic Worker Levy Concession and Foreign Domestic Worker Grant for Persons with Intellectual Disability or Autism Spectrum Disorder

2       The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) has worked with the Ministry of Health to include MSF's Client Assessment Form (CAF) as an alternative assessment tool for those with cognitive impairments such as Intellectual Disability (ID) or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to be assessed on the level of support required for ADLs. The CAF assessment can then be used to support caregivers' application for the Foreign Domestic Worker Levy Concession for Persons with Disabilities and the Foreign Domestic Worker Grant.

3       This assessment can be done by registered physiotherapists (PTs) or occupational therapists (OTs) at the Special Education (SPED) schools or disability care services such as Day Activity Centres (DACs) the person with disability attends. This inter-ministry collaboration has enabled the application process to be more convenient and accessible for both persons with disabilities and their caregivers.

Where to go for a CAF Assessment

4       Caregivers of persons with ID or ASD attending a SPED school or disability care service such as DAC may enquire with the school/centre on the CAF assessment for their child/dependant. Registered PTs/OTs at the school/centre will provide an assessment of the level of support required by the person with ID or ASD for ADLs for application to the Foreign Domestic Worker Levy Concession for Persons with Disabilities and the Foreign Domestic Worker Grant.

5       Caregivers of persons with ID or ASD who are not attending a SPED school or disability care service, or whose SPED school or service provider does not have a registered PT or OT may approach one of three therapy hub service providers for the CAF assessment.

No.

Therapy Hubs

For Whom

Assessment of Level of Support

Charges for CAF assessment (if any)

1

AWWA Ltd

9 Lorong Napiri, S(547531)

 

Persons with ID or ASD from the community who are not accessing a disability service or whose service provider/SPED school does not have a PT/OT

Registered PTs/OTs will assist with the assessment of the level of support required by the person with ID or ASD for ADLs using the CAF assessment form

$85 - $115

 

 

2

SPD

SPD Ability Centre @ 2 Peng Nguan Street (Tiong Bahru), S(168955)

 

SPD@Toa Payoh at 249 Kim Keat Link, S(310249)

3

Thye Hua Kuan

THK Pan-Disability Centre@ Blk 3 Eunos Cresent #01-2577, S(400003)

Annex A

Summary of Eligibility Criteria and Administrators of Schemes for Foreign Domestic Worker Levy Concession for Persons with Disabilities and the Foreign Domestic Worker Grant

S/N

SCHEME

CRITERIA

BENEFIT

AGENCY

1

Foreign Domestic Worker Levy Concession for Persons with Disabilities

 

  • Singaporean
  • Care recipient must be aged 16 to 64 years old
  • Caregiver should be living with the care recipient
  • Requiring help with at least 1 ADL using the
    • Functional Assessment Report (FAR) certified by a Singapore-registered doctor, nurse, PT or OT; or
    • CAF[1] certified by a registered PT or OT

Beneficiaries pay concessionary levy of $60 instead of $265 FDW levy

AIC

2

Foreign Domestic Worker Grant

 

  • Singaporean or PR (for those above 65)
  • Caregiver should be living with the care recipient
  • Requiring help with at least 3 ADLs using the
    • FAR certified by a Singapore-registered doctor, nurse, PT or OT or
    • CAF certified by a registered PT or OT
  • Means-tested, Per Capita Household Monthly Income $2,600, or Person with Disabilities belongs to a household with no income and lives in a residence with Annual Value of less than $13,000.
  • FDW must have completed an AIC-approved caregiver’s training course

$120 grant/month to defray the cost of hiring a FDW

AIC



 

[1] Persons with ID or ASD may choose to be assessed via the CAF for assistance required for ADLs.  

 

Annex B

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. What is CAF?

The Client Assessment Form (CAF) is an assessment tool used by Voluntary Welfare Organisation (VWO) staff in DACs, Sheltered Workshops (SWs) and SPED schools to determine the level of support needs for persons with disabilities.

2. What will CAF assess for in the application for Foreign Domestic Worker Levy Concession for persons with disabilities and the Foreign Domestic Worker Grant?

The CAF assessment will determine the level of support required for ADLs that the person requires permanent assistance with. There are different requirements for the two schemes (please see table below).

No. of ADLs

Schemes

1 or more ADLs

Foreign Domestic Worker Levy Concession for Persons with Disabilities

3 or more ADLs

Foreign Domestic Worker Grant

 


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Published On Wed, Mar 7, 2018
Last Reviewed On Wed, Mar 7, 2018

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