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Singapore Programme for Integrated Care for the Elderly (SPICE)
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The Singapore Programme for Integrated Care for the Elderly (SPICE) is a model of care developed by the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) to provide comprehensive, integrated centre- and home-based services to support caring of the frail elderly. SPICE enables frail elderly who have high care needs and are eligible for admissions into nursing homes, to recover and age within the community.
Through SPICE, a multi-disciplinary team comprising medical, nursing, allied health and ancillary professionals provides a suite of patient-centric services such as primary and preventative care, nursing care, rehabilitation services, personal care and social and leisure activities. These services are delivered both at the centre and at the patients’ homes, depending on their needs.
AIC will partner Volunteer Welfare Organisations (VWOs) to operate SPICE centres in various regions of the island. The centres will collaborate with the Restructured Hospitals (RHs) and surrounding general practitioners (GPs) to form a seamless model of care. Existing day rehabilitation centres will be enhanced to enable the VWOs to deliver a higher level of care to the participants.
Enhancements include expansions to increase physical capacity, increase in manpower and capability to enable effective management of frail elderly with higher care needs, as well as collaboration with a medical network to provide medical support for the frail elderly. The services provided at these SPICE Centres will be more holistic in comparison to existing day rehabilitation centres in the community.
SPICE was first piloted at Bedok Multi-Service Centre as TC-SPICE (funded by Temasek Cares), with a second SPICE centre rolled out at Tembusu Rehab and Day Care Centre. Today there are another four centres with SPICE located at Ling Kwang Home for Senior Citizens, Sunshine Welfare Action Mission (SWAMI), Tembusu (Eunos) amd Peacehaven Nursing Home.
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