"I wanted to recover at home after my fall because I love my grandchildren and want to spend time with them. My daughter went for caregiver training to learn how to better care for me. With her support, I get to spend quality time with my family in the comfort of my own home.”
- A client receiving financial assistance
Care at Home
Being in a familiar environment gives your wheelchair-bound loved one the best support in healing both their body and their mind.
They can remain at home, close to the family, with home care services at their doorstep, such as nursing support and extra help around the house, etc.
• Interim Caregiving Service: You need more time to sort out the care options for your loved one following their hospital discharge. A care aid can support their nursing needs for up to two weeks.
Home Medical: A care professional provides treatment of chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol.
Home Nursing: A nurse helps with wound dressings, injections and change of feeding tubes
Home Therapy: A therapist helps your loved one regain or maintain their ability to carry out daily activities.
Meals-on-Wheels: Get food delivered to your loved one if they are unable to buy or cook their own meals.
Hospice Home Care: Care for your loved one at home if they have advanced or progressive health conditions that are expected to progress in weeks or months.
Taking a break from Caregiving
Caregiving can be a long-term commitment. Giving yourself a rest and to do things that you enjoy is not only beneficial to you, but to your loved one too.
Nursing Home Respite Care: This service can take over your caregiving role for your loved one with nursing needs if you need a break of at least seven days.
One of the most stressful areas when it comes to caregiving is working out how you will pay for it.
For families who encounter financial difficulties, there is a variety of schemes that can help you and your loved one.
Caregivers Training Grant: Receive an annual $200 subsidy if you, or your Foreign Domestic Worker (FDW), attend approved caregiving courses. You can also consider the Eldercarer FDW Scheme if you need a trained helper.
• Home Caregiving Grant: A $200 monthly cash payout to support your loved ones with at least permanent moderate disability, i.e. always require some assistance to perform 3 or more Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).
Foreign Domestic Worker Levy Concession for Persons with Disabilities: Pay a lower levy of $60 per month (instead of $265) when you hire an FDW to help care for your loved one with permanent disabilities.
Seniors’ Mobility and Enabling Fund: Subsidies for assistive devices (e.g. walking aids), home care items (e.g. adult diapers), and transportation.
Pioneer Generation Disability Assistance Scheme: As a Pioneer, your loved one can receive $100 a month to support their cost of care if they have moderate to severe disabilities.
Community Health Assist Scheme: See a doctor or dentist near your home at lower cost. Referrals to Specialist Outpatient Clinics in public hospitals or the National Dental Centre are also subsidised. All members of the Pioneer Generation also get CHAS subsidies.
Primary Care Network: A network of General Practitioners supported by nurses and care coordinators who aim to provide holistic and coordinated care for patients with chronic conditions.
Interim Disability Assistance Programme for the Elderly: An assistance scheme for seniors who were not eligible for ElderShield because they were too old or had pre-existing disabilities. They can receive $150 or $250 monthly cash payout (depending on their financial circumstances) for up to 72 months.
Nursing Home is for seniors who value their independence, but need some help with day-today activities, such as dressing, bathing or taking medication.
If your loved one requires a greater degree of medical support, or has extensive care needs that cannot be provided by current home care services, a medical social worker may refer them to a nursing home instead.