The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) will expand subsidised Senior Home Care services from mid-December 2012 through the appointment of two private sector providers. With this expansion, families will benefit from more choices and greater support in home care for frail seniors and persons with disability.
Expansion of Senior Home Care Services
2. The expansion of Senior Home Care is in line with MSF’s longer term plan to extend home care services to about 4,000 elderly and persons with disability by 2016. It will also help families with frail elderly and persons with disability who may need home care services when the mandatory day off for Foreign Domestic Workers is implemented in January 2013.
3. Today, about 350 families are served by three VWOs, namely NTUC Eldercare, Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities and TOUCH Community Services. The two new private sector providers - ECON Healthcare Group and Lentor Residence Private Limited - will add an estimated another 400 subsidised places with effect from 17 December 2012.
Extension of Subsidy Scheme
4. Currently, eligible users of the VWO services receive mean-tested MSF subsidies. These subsidies will be extended to eligible users of the two private sector operators. Families with a frail elderly or person with disability, and with monthly per capita household income of up to $2,200, can qualify for the subsidies. They can expect to receive government subsidies ranging from $12 to $150 per week.
5. Minister of State for Social and Family Development, Madam Halimah Yacob, says, “This expansion of subsidised home care services through the appointment of two private sector providers is in line with our long term plans to expand home care to cater to our ageing population. More immediately, it will also benefit families who need home care services for their elderly or disabled family members when their domestic workers have their mandatory day off.”
6. For more information, caregivers, families and persons needing care may contact the Centre for Enabled Living at 1800-8585-885 or visit www.cel.sg.