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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.

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 $2,200 and $4,200 per 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.

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 shorten the time required to access respite care when you need it. Click here to learn more, or approach the participating nursing homes here.


Nursing Home Respite Care

Here are some steps on applying for Respite Care:

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