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.
• Medical Escort and Transport: A care staff and transport service will accompany your loved one to medical appointments and take them home.
• Integrated Home and Day Care Packages: If your loved one needs different care services, a service provider will co-ordinate home and day care services to meet their needs. There are various packages available.
Taking a break from Caregiving
Caregiving can be a long-term commitment. That is why taking care of yourself is not a luxury, it is a necessity. Giving yourself a rest and to do things that you enjoy is not only beneficial to you, but to your loved one too.
• Centre-based Respite Care: Feel assured to take a break and have some time for yourself knowing your loved one is well taken care of by trained staff at the day care centre.
• 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 for the care of a loved one at home if your loved one needs permanent assistance with three or more Activities of Daily Living (ADL).
• 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.
A 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.