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INTRODUCTION TO DAY CARE

Day Care provides a full day programme for seniors who are suitable for centre-based care setting, and require supervision while their caregivers are at work.

The service aims to maintain and/or improve the general, physical and social well-being of seniors through therapy. The centre also doubles as a place for seniors to socialise and take part in recreational activities.

Some day care centres also cater to specific needs:
  1. Dementia Day Care provides full day custodial care in a centre-based setting for seniors with dementia. Meaningful recreational activities (e.g. therapeutic, social and recreational) are used to engage seniors with dementia.

  2. Day Hospice Care provides a safe and supportive environment for care recipients. Daily activities and therapeutic programmes are organised to enhance quality of life.

  3. Respite Care: Caregivers can also tap on Senior Care Centres for short-term care options, such as when they need to take short breaks on an ad hoc basis during the day. This is also suitable if caregivers need additional assistance when the foreign domestic worker is not available. Care staff at the centre will provide assitance with your loved one's daily care activities such as eating or going to the toilet. Meals are provided for your loved one, and your loved one can take part in social activities such as games and karaoke sessions. Respite care is available on both weekdays and weekends. For more information on government subsidies for respite care, click here.

SERVICES PROVIDED

The services may include:

HOW TO APPLY


You need to get a referral compulsory referral from a hospital, polyclinic or family service centre that your senior visits.


For Day Care:

The estimated cost ranges between $400 and $1,500 a month before subsidies, assuming daily attendance on weekdays, excluding transport.


For Dementia Day Care:
  • General Dementia Day Care: The estimated cost ranges between $900 and $1700 per month before subsidy, assuming daily attendance on weekdays and excluding transport services.
  • Enhanced Dementia Day Care: The estimated cost ranges between $900 and $1600 per month before subsidy, assuming daily attendance on weekdays and excluding transport services.

For Hospice Day Care:


The estimated cost ranges between $10 and $15 per visit (before means-testing).

You can apply for subsidies, and the received amount varies depending on your family’s income. You can find day care centres near your home using the E-care Locator.


For Respite Care:

Who is suitable for the service?

If your loved one needs assistance with their activities of daily living, such as eating or bathing, or will benefit from some supervision, he or she is suitable for respite care. 

Step 1: Decide if you need respite care on weekdays or weekends, and choose a preferred provider from the lists below.

  1. If you need respite care on weekdays

    You may approach the following centres for respite care on weekdays:

    Area Participating Day Care Centres
    ​Ang Mo Kio

    ​AWWA Rehab Day Care Centre
    ​AWWA Dementia Day Care Centre (For Dementia Clients only)
    ​Ayer Rajah
    ​St Luke's Eldercare (Ayer Rajah)
    ​Beach Road
    ​St Andrew’s Senior Care (Joy Connect)
    Bedok​
    ​NTUC Health Silver Circle (Fengshan)
    ​Boon Lay
    ​NTUC Health Silver Circle (Boon Lay)
    ​Bukit Batok
    ​St Luke's Eldercare (Bukit Batok)
    Clementi​

    ​St Luke's Eldercare (Clementi)
    ​Jamiyah Senior Care Centre
    ​Choa Chu Kang
    ​St Luke's Eldercare (Keat Hong)
    ​ChinatownYong En Care Centre
    Ghim Moh
    ​Active Global Active Aging Hub @ Ghim Moh Edge*
    Hougang
    St Luke’s Eldercare (Golden Years)
    ​Jurong West
    ​NTUC Health Silver Circle (Jurong West)
    ​Marine Parade
    ​St Luke’s Eldercare (Marine Parade)
    ​Punggol
    ​St Luke’s Eldercare (Sumang)
    ​Queenstown
    St Andrew’s Senior Care (Queenstown)
    ​​Telok Blangah
    Active Global Active Ageing Hub (Telok Blangah)*
    ​Toa Payoh
    ​​NTUC Health Silver Circle (Toa Payoh)
    West Coast
    Jamiyah Senior Care Centre*
    ​Woodlands
    ​Vanguard Senior Care Centre (Woodlands)
    ​Yishun
    ​Sree Narayana Mission Senior Care Centre (Yishun)


  2. If you need respite care on weekends

    You may approach the following centres for respite care on weekends:

    Area Participating Day Care Centres
    ​Bukit Batok
    ​SASCO Hong Kah North Day Care Centre
    ​Changi
    ​Peacehaven SPICE @ Changi*
    Choa Chu Kang
    St Luke's Eldercare (Keat Hong Centre)*
    ​Clementi

    ​SASCO Integrated Eldercare Centre
    ​Jamiyah Senior Care Centre*
    ​Ghim Moh
    ​Active Global Active Aging Hub @ Ghim Moh Edge*
    ​Marine Parade
    ​St Luke's Eldercare (Marine Parade)
    ​Punggol
    ​St Luke's Eldercare (Sumang)
    ​Sembawang
    Sunshine Welfare Action Mission (SWAMI) Home*
    Telok Blangah
    Active Global Active Aging Hub @ Telok Blangah Parcview*
    SASCO Day Activity Centre for the Elderly (DACE)
    Yishun
    St Luke’s Eldercare (Nee Soon Central Centre)
    * Centres that operate on Sundays. For centres’ details, such as address and operating hours, please use the E-care Locator.

Step 2
: Contact your preferred provider

Your preferred provider will advise you on the next steps. To expedite the process, you may wish to prepare the following documents:
  • A copy of your loved one’s NRIC
  • A copy of your (the main caregiver’s) NRIC
  • Latest medical records/ hospital discharge summary of your loved one, (if available). The medical records ideally should not be older than 1 year from your application to the service. 
  • Download this application form

*Note: A doctor’s referral is not required for the application. However, please check with the day care centre you are applying to if they require other documents.

You should submit the application form and relevant documents to the preferred provider at least 8 working days before the date you wish to use the service. Preparing earlier will ensure that you have sufficient time to work out the necessary arrangements with your preferred centre. You can submit the documents by email, or deliver the documents in person. If you need help in completing the application form, you may contact the centre for assistance. 


Step 3
: Prepare for the pre-admission assessment 

Upon receiving your application, the centre will contact you to arrange for a pre-admission assessment with both you and your loved one at the centre.

This session is to allow the centre to better understand the needs of you and your loved one. The centre will also share if there are other considerations and requirements before your loved one is enrolled into the service. 

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