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:
Provides full day custodial care in a centre-based setting for seniors with dementia.
Provides a safe and supportive environment for care recipients.
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.
The services include:
Personal care that is not medical, such as bathing and getting dressed
Seniors will get to participate in social and recreational activities e.g. art & craft sessions and karaoke sessions
To manage your loved one’s care needs and symptoms
Day care services catering to seniors with mild to moderate dementia Personal care and assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) Group and individualised activities based on the seniors’ ability Caregiver training and support
Individualised Care Plan with suitable maintenance exercises will be created for seniors
Support groups, talks and demonstrations on how to take care of seniors with different needs
Emotional and psychological support to help caregivers cope with the impending death, grief and loss
For seniors with higher care needs: Day care services catering to seniors with severe dementia and/or exhibit Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD) Personal care and assistance with ADLs Group and individualised activities based on the individual’s ability Caregiver training and support
You need to get a referral from a hospital, polyclinic or family service centre that your senior visits.
The estimated cost ranges between $400 and $1,500 a month before subsidies, assuming daily attendance on weekdays, excluding transport. For Dementia Day Care:
The estimated cost ranges between $900 and $1700 per month before subsidy, assuming daily attendance on weekdays and excluding transport services.
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 may also visit the
E-care Locator to find providers near you.
You may need to access respite care unexpectedly. Planning ahead for respite care will help you to better care for yourself and your loved ones.
Go Respite Pilot
You can pre-enrol for respite care ahead of time under the Go Respite pilot programme, to shorten the time required to access respite care when you need it. Click
here to learn more.
Decide if you need respite care on weekdays or weekends, and choose a preferred provider from the lists below.
If you need respite care on weekdays:
You may approach the following centres for respite care on weekdays:
If you need respite care on weekends
You may approach the following centres for respite care on weekends:
* Centres that operate on Sundays. For centres’ details, such as address and operating hours, please use the
Your preferred provider will advise you on the next steps.
To expedite the process, you may wish to prepare the following documents:
*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.
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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