Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content

The MSF website may undergo scheduled maintenance every Tues, Fri and Sun, from 12am to 9am.
> Click here for the latest Safe Management Measures for weddings.
> Click here for other COVID-19 advisories.
> Click here for COVID-19 FAQs (for support schemes, etc).

Singapore Government

Care and Residential Care

Care and Residential Care

  CLICK HERE FOR FULL MENU  
Header banner for Care and residential care, depicting a person with disability on a wheelchair with a caregiver, with a residential care home in the background.

Day Activity Centres (DACs)

Efforts to provide community-based support through more Day Activity Centres (DACs).
  • Day Activity Centres (DACs) provide full-day programmes for adult persons with disabilities to enhance their independence through equipping them with daily and community living skills. It also provides care relief for caregivers.
  • Between 2013 and 2016, 5 new DACs were established, bringing the total number to 25 as at end-2016.

Respite and Home Care Services

In 2013, then Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) launched the Drop-in Disability Programme (DDP).
  • The DDP provides social and recreational programmes for a few hours, a few days a week, to relatively higher functioning persons with disabilities with minimal care needs and no serious behavioural issues. These programmes are held within the premises of four Thye Hua Kwan Senior Activity Centres.
  • These sessions comprise social and recreational activities, such as playing games, singing and going on outings to places in the neighbourhood.

In 2014, MSF launched a pilot for Home-Based Care Services for persons with disabilities. 
  • The pilot was launched to benefit persons with disabilities who did not requre or were not suitable for centre-based services such as DACs. The services include therapy, personal hygiene care, housekeeping and medication reminder services.
  • This enabled 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. 

Residential Services

Efforts to provide a range of community-based residential options through adult disability homes, adult disability hostels, and community group homes.
  • Adult disability homes provide long-term residential care and short-term respite care to adults with disabilities, aged 18 to 55 years with no alternative accommodation. By 2016, there were eight disability homes with a capacity for 870 residents.
  • Adult disability hostels provide alternative housing arrangements for adults with disabilities who do not require institutional care but are unable to live with their families. Daily supervision is provided to ensure the clients’ safety and priority is given to individuals engaged in Sheltered Workshops or open/supported employment. As at end-2016, there are three adult disability hostels.
  • The Mindsville@Napiri community group home was set up in 2008 to enable adult persons with disabilities to live independently in designated HDB units retrofitted with friendly features for persons with disabilities.

Day Activity Centres (DACs)

Between 2016 and 2020, 6 new DACs were established to better meet the demand for such services.
  • This brings the total number of DACs to 31 as at March 2021.

Residential Services

Since end 2016, 3 new adult disability homes have been developed.
  • In 2018, Thye Hua Kwan Home for the Disabled @ Sembawang, serving primarily adults with intellectual disabilities started operations.
  • In 2019, St Andrew’s Adult Home, the first autism-focused home started operations.
  • AWWA Home, serving persons with physical and multiple disabilities is expected to be operational in end 2021.

Respite and Home Care Services

In 2019, the Home-Based Care Services was restructured into the Home-based Behavioural intervention Service (HBIS) with a specific focus on behavioural intervention for persons with disabilities.
  • Clients requiring personal hygiene care, housekeeping and medication reminder services could tap on the Home Personal Care scheme under the Ministry of Health. A client on HBIS would still receive up to 6 hours of intervention a week.
MENU
Back to Top