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MSF pilots home-based care services for Persons with Disabilities

MSF pilots home-based care services for Persons with Disabilities

Published On
03 Dec 2014

The Ministry of Social and Family Development has started a two-year pilot on Home-Based Care Services for persons with disabilities.  Such services would enable persons with disabilities to live in their own home, with family, friends and neighbours in the community.  The services also allow for caregivers to have more rest time.

The pilot Home-Based Care Services are provided by the Asian Women’s Welfare Association (AWWA) and Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS). The services include therapy, personal hygiene care, housekeeping and medication reminder services. Persons aged 16 and above with physical or intellectual disability as well as mild autism are eligible. Please see details in Annex A.

Minister for Social and Family Development Mr Chan Chun Sing said, “This is part of our effort to help persons with disabilities remain integrated in the community and to support their caregivers. Home-Based Care Services will benefit persons with disabilities who do not require or are not suitable for centre-based services. Allowing them to be cared for at home will also provide some relief for the caregivers.”

30-year-old Jonathan Liew, who has intellectual disability, has enrolled in MINDS’ Home-Based Care Services. Jonathan’s mother, Mdm Jenny Yeo, said, "After receiving help at home, Jonathan’s condition is getting better.  His personal hygiene has also improved. I can also take a short break from caregiving."

Under the Enabling Masterplan 2012-2016, the Ministry of Social and Family Development will continue to enhance care services and expand the range of care options to cater to the varying needs of persons with disabilities. 

Interested applicants can contact SG Enable at contactus@sgenable.sg.

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Annex A 

Fact Sheet on Home-Based Care Services for Persons with Disabilities

Description

Home-Based Care Services offer personal care as well as therapy intervention for persons with disabilities at their homes. It allows for persons with disabilities to reside at his own home with his family and his friends and neighbours in the community and it provides caregivers with a short respite from caregiving duties.

Services

The service consists of a 6-hour weekly package with 4 main components, namely:

1. Therapy

2. Personal hygiene (e.g. bathing, oral hygiene, toileting) 

3. Housekeeping (e.g. laundry, cleaning of toilets, sweeping and mopping of floors) 

4. Medication Reminder Service (to monitor clients in medication compliance, such that they follow the prescribed medication by the registered medical practitioner)

Eligibility Criteria

Application should be persons with disabilities aged 16 and above.

Application Process

SG Enable, an agency dedicated to enabling persons with disabilities and building an inclusive society, provides information and referral services for Home-Based Care Services and can be reached at contactus@sgenable.sg or 1800-8585-885.

Service Providers

The two providers for Home-Based Care Services are:

1. Asian Women Welfare Association (AWWA)

2. Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS)

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