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Seniors' Mobility and Enabling Fund

With effect from 1 July 2013, the $10 million Senior’s Mobility Fund has been expanded into a $50 million Seniors’ Mobility and Enabling Fund (SMF).  With its expansion, SMF now provides even more holistic and comprehensive support for seniors to remain mobile and to live independently in the community.  It also offers greater support to caregivers in caring for their seniors at home.

Enhancements at a Glance

(i) Assistive Devices: Covers a wider range of devices such as commode, hospital bed, pressure relief cushions/mattress, and motorised wheelchair, among others, needed for independent living.  These are beyond the standard mobility devices like walking sticks and basic wheelchairs.

(ii) Transport Subsidies: Now available to more seniors receiving care at MOH-funded Day Rehabilitation Centres (DRCs), Dementia Day Care Centres (DDCCs), and Dialysis Centres. 

(iii) Consumables Subsidies: A new category of subsidised consumables for frail seniors receiving home healthcare services in the community. Consumables include catheters, milk feeds, diapers, thickeners, nasal tubing and various types of wound dressings.  Helps our seniors who are eligible for nursing home but who wish to stay at home, to defray the cost for buying such items.    

Overview 

Category

 Where to apply?
(MOH-funded) 

Which seniors can apply?

What you can get?

Assistive
Devices
Restructured Hospitals, Community Hospitals, Intermediate and Long Term Care (ILTC) Service Providers, and Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) Those who require a device as tested by a Qualified Assessor (e.g. Therapist, Registered Nurse, Doctor, and Audiologist)   Up to 90% subsidy of actual cost of the device. The maximum subsidy cap will depend on the cost of the type of device needed.  
Transport Subsidy
(via specialised vehicles)
Day Rehabilitation Centres (DRCs)   Community ambulant on wheelchairs and requiring specialized transport   Amount of subsidy will depend on means-testing.  
Dialysis Centres Community ambulant on wheelchairs and requiring specialized transport
Dementia Day Care Centres (DDCCs) All clients requiring specialized transport
Consumables Subsidy Home-based healthcare services (home medical/home nursing)   Those with high-needs and are being cared for at home and in the community by home-based healthcare or SPICE providers.
AIC’s, Singapore Programme for Integrated Care for the Elderly (SPICE)

 Criteria for Assistive Devices

Any senior living in a 3-room HDB flat or smaller will automatically qualify for 90% subsidy for devices that cost less than $500.  All other seniors will need to undergo a household income means-test. 

To be eligible

The senior: 

  • Must be aged 60 years and above
  • Must be a Singapore Citizen
  • Must be assessed or has been assessed by a qualified assessor (e.g. Therapist, Registered Nurse, Doctor, and Audiologist) to determine the need and type of device
  • Has not made any previous claim for a similar mobility device
  • Must live in a 3-room HDB flat with a household monthly income per person of $1,800 and below, to qualify for devices costing less than $500
  • Has a household monthly income per person of $1,800 and below, to qualify for all other devices   

To apply

Seniors currently undergoing therapy sessions with qualified therapist(s) or who have access to a regular assessor in the restructured hospitals, community hospitals or other ILTC service providers can approach your assessor to put up a SMF application for you. 

Alternatively, you can contact AIC at 6603 6800 or email: smf.mobility@aic.sg to apply.

Criteria for Transport Subsidy

To be eligible

The senior:

  • Must be aged 55 years and above
  • Must be a Singapore Citizen
  • Must be able to move around with a wheelchair, and requires specialized transport (e.g. van with staff to assist you from your house to a care centre)
  • Attends a MOH-funded Day Rehabilitation Centre/Dialysis Centre/Dementia Day Care Centre
  • Is not receiving any other subsidy for similar specialized transport services
  • Has a household monthly income per person of $2,600 and below

To apply

Please approach the Therapist or Centre Manager of the above-mentioned Day Care Facilities. If the criterion is met, the centre staff will assist you to apply for the subsidy.

Criteria for Consumables Subsidy

To be eligible 

The senior:

  • Must be aged 60 years and above
  • Must be a Singapore Citizen
  • Is receiving home-based healthcare services such as home nursing or home medical service, or is a client of AIC’s Singapore Programme for Integrated Care for the Elderly (SPICE)
  • Is not receiving any other subsidy for similar consumables
  • Has a household monthly income per person of $1,800 and below

To apply

Please approach the Nurse or Centre Manager of the home-based healthcare service. If the criterion is met, the Nurse or Centre Manager will assist you to apply for the subsidy.

For further enquiries, you can call 1800-650-6060 or email: smf.mobility@aic.sg 

Click here to read about SMF's outreach efforts.


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