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Seniors' Mobility and Enabling Fund (SMF)

Introduction
The establishment of the $10 million Seniors' Mobility and Enabling Fund (SMF) was announced in 2011 with the aim of assisting seniors in getting subsidised mobility devices to help them perform daily activities, and move around their homes and communities.

With effect from 1 July 2013, the existing SMF has been expanded into a $50 million Seniors’ Mobility and Enabling Fund (still known as SMF).  The fund’s scope has also been expanded based on feedback received from institutions, voluntary welfare organisations and community outreach programmes.  With its expanded scope, the SMF aims to (i) provide more holistic and comprehensive support for seniors to live independently in the community, and (ii) support caregivers in caring for their seniors at home, rather than in institutions like nursing homes.

 The SMF has been significantly enhanced in a few ways:

  • Wider Range of Assistive Devices: To help our seniors remain mobile and live as independently as possible as they age-in-place in the community, the SMF now covers a wider range of devices needed for independent living, beyond standard mobility devices like walking sticks and basic wheelchairs.
  • Transport Subsidies for More: To help more seniors access the rehabilitation services they need, the SMF now provides transport subsidies for more seniors receiving care at MOH-funded DRCs, Dementia Day Care Centres (DDCCs) and Renal Dialysis Centres.
  • Extending Subsidies to Consumables: To help our seniors receiving home care services defray their cost of needed consumables, the SMF now provides subsidies to frail seniors receiving home healthcare services in the community, to defray the cost of consumables needed. This is a new category of items being subsidised by the SMF. 

SMF Subsidy

Application Channels

(MOH-funded)

Which seniors can apply?

Benefits

Devices  

Restructured Hospitals, Community Hospitals, Intermediate and Long Term Care Service Providers, AIC

Deemed to require device by a Qualified Assessor (e.g. Therapist, Registered Nurse, Doctor, Audiologist, etc)

Receive up to 90% subsidy of the cost of the devices needed, subject to different maximum subsidy caps corresponding to the type of device.

Transport

(via specialised vehicles)

Day Rehabilitation Centres (DRCs)

Community ambulant on wheelchairs and requiring specialized transport

Subsidy quantum depends on the means testing outcome for the senior.

Dialysis Centres

Community ambulant on wheelchairs and requiring specialized transport

Dementia Day Care Centres (DDCCs)

All clients requiring specialized transport

Consumables  

Home-based healthcare services (home medical/home nursing)

High-needs seniors, 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)


SMF Devices Subsidy (ENHANCED)


Besides the current walking aids and basic wheelchairs, the list has also expanded to include motorised wheelchair, commodes, hospital bed, and pressure relief cushions/mattress, etc.

In response to feedback from VWOs and social workers, the application process for subsidies has also been simplified.  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 still need to undergo a detailed household income means test. 

Seniors are eligible if the following criteria are met:

  • Aged 60 years and above,
  • Singaporean Citizen,
  • Has been assessed by a qualified assessor (e.g. Therapist, Nurse, Doctor, Audiologist, etc) to determine the need and type of device,
  • No previous claim of similar mobility device,
  • For devices costing less than $500, live in 3-room HDB flat or monthly per capita household income of $1,800 and below
  • For all other devices, monthly per capita household income of $1,800 and below. 


How do I apply?

Those currently undergoing therapy sessions with qualified therapist(s) or with access to a regular assessor in the restructured hospitals, community hospitals or other Intermediate and Long Term Care service providers, can approach your assessor to put up a SMF application assessment for you. 

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


Transport Subsidy (ENHANCED)
:

Seniors are eligible if the following criteria are met:

  • Aged 55 years and above,
  • Singaporean Citizen,
  • Be able to move around the community with a wheelchair, and require specialized transport (e.g. van with staff to assist the client from house to transport);
  • Attending MOH-funded Day Rehabilitation Centres/Dialysis Centres/Dementia Day Care Centres,
  • Not receiving any other subsidy for similar specialized transport services, and
  • Monthly per capita household income of $2,600 and below


How do I apply?

To apply or for more information, please approach the Therapist/Centre Manager of the above-mentioned centres. If the criterion is met, the centre staff will assist to apply for the subsidy.


Consumables Subsidy (NEW)


Seniors are eligible if the following criteria are met:
  • Aged 60 years and above,
  • Singaporean Citizen,
  • Receiving home-based healthcare services such as home nursing or home medical service, or under AIC’s Singapore Programme for Integrated Care for the Elderly (SPICE).
  • Not receiving any other subsidy for similar consumables, and
  • Monthly per capita household income of $1,800 and below

The list of consumables includes catheters, milk feeds, diapers, thickeners, nasal tubing and various types of wound dressings.  With these subsidies, we hope to better support seniors who are eligible for nursing home but wish to age-in-place at home.


How do I apply?

To apply or for more information, please approach the Nurse/Centre Manager of the above-mentioned centres. If the criterion is met, the centre staff will assist to apply for the subsidy.

 

For further enquiries, you can contact AIC directly at 6603 6800 or email smf.mobility@aic.sg

 

Click Here to download the Means-Test Declaration Form. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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