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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Introduction To Nursing Homes

Nursing Homes are long-term residential care facilities that provide assistance to residents who need help in most of their activities of daily living and/or have daily nursing care needs.

In addition, there are selected nursing homes with specific dementia and/or psychiatric facilities that cater to residents who need specialised care and support.

​Caregivers can also tap on nursing homes for respite care if they need short-term care options for several days to a few weeks for their loved ones, e.g. when your Foreign Domestic Worker goes on home leave. Night Respite care is also available for loved ones with Sundowning behaviour.

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How to Apply

An elderly person applying to stay in a nursing home must be:

  • Physically or mentally disabled because of illness;
  • Semi-mobile, using a wheelchair or is bedbound, and needs daily care and help with activities like going to the toilet or walking; and
  • Unable to be cared for at home by family or paid domestic worker, and tried all other care options such as using day care, home medical, home nursing services, etc;

The basic cost varies between $2,000 and $3,600 a month to stay in a nursing home (before MOH subsidy), depending on the level of care required. Additional charges include one-time refundable deposit and administrative charges. Other charges which are not covered by the basic cost may apply.

​ If you​ need more information or want ​help paying for the service, please speak to your service provider or the Medical Social Worker.

You may also visit the online E-care locator​​​ to find service providers near you.


​Plan Ahead For Respite Care​​

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 short​​en the time required to access respite care when you need it. Click here​ to learn more​​, or approach​ the participating nursing ho​mes here.

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Nursing Home Respite Care

Here are some steps on applying for Respite Care:

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