The Interim Disability Assistance Programme for the Elderly (IDAPE) is an assistance scheme that was set up in 2002 for a small group of seniors who were not eligible for ElderShield at the time, because they were too old or had pre-existing disabilities.
If these seniors develop severe disabilities, they can receive $150 or $250 monthly cash payout (depending on their financial circumstances) for up to 72 months. There is no restriction on how the payments should be used, as long as they are used for the care of the disabled IDAPE claimant.
For example, the payments can offset:
The senior may nominate himself/herself, a caregiver who is 21 years old and above, or a nursing home that the senior is residing in to receive the IDAPE payout.
There will be a system upgrade during the following periods:
Of note, there will be
no processing for IDAPE applications during the following downtime periods:
You can still submit your application on eFASS during the system upgrade. Processing of your IDAPE scheme application will resume once the system upgrade is over.
To be eligible for IDAPE, the care recipient must meet the following criteria:
Born on or before 30 September 1932; OR
Born between 1 October 1932 and 30 September 1962 (both dates inclusive), with pre-existing disabilities as of 30 September 2002.
*For household with no income, annual value (AV) of property must be≤ $13,000
Must not be a policyholder of
And did not make any claims for
Must be a Singapore Citizen.
Unable to perform three or more of the six Activities of Daily Living, as certified by an MOH-accredited severe disability assessor. These six activities are:
1. Contact an MOH-accredited severe disability assessor to undergo a disability assessment.
here for the list of assessors.
b. The assessor will conduct the disability assessment and collect an assessment fee from you.
If the care recipient is assessed to be severely disabled, the full assessment fee will be reimbursed to you.
The fees are as follows, if:
c. If the care recipient is residing in a nursing home, the nursing home can help submit a Resident’s Assessment Form (RAF) in place of the severe disability assessment. Please approach the nursing home for assistance.
AIC’s eService portal (eFASS) with your Singpass.
We strongly encourage you to apply online as there is a shorter waiting time for application approval. If you are unable to submit your application using eFASS, please email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org or walk in to any of our
AIC links to request for a hardcopy application form.
Care recipients in Nursing Homes can arrange for payments to be made to the Nursing Home to offset their bills. Please contact the Nursing Home for assistance with the application.
If you are applying on behalf of someone who lacks mental capacity, please read the
Please ensure that you have read the Terms and Conditions before submitting your application.
Please note that the AIC eServices for Financing Schemes (eFASS) is currently unavailable. We are working to bring back online service as swiftly as we can. We apologise for the inconvenience caused. For assistance, please call our AIC Hotline at 1800-650-6060.
If you need to update your household information or if you have previously disallowed the access of your Financial Information for eligibility checks, please visit the
MediShield Life Household Check e-Service.
We are currently experiencing a high volume of applications. During this period, we may take up to eight weeks to process your online application. We will inform you of the outcome in writing. If your application is successful, payouts will be made to your nominated bank account in the following month, which may include payouts from the month the application was submitted.
The care recipient will continue to receive monthly payouts in the nominated bank account by the end of every month as long as the care recipient remains eligible.
Please contact AIC at 1800-650-6060 if you require any assistance.
1. If you would like to change the care recipient’s scheme details, please login with your Singpass on
eFASS under “Manage My Schemes” > “Change in Scheme Details”.
2. If you wish to opt-out from receiving IDAPE payouts, please login with your Singpass on the
eFASS. Go to “Manage My Schemes” > “Change in Scheme Details”.
3. If you are unable to update scheme details or opt out of scheme using the eFASS, please email us at
email@example.com, or walk in to any of our
AIC Links to request for a hardcopy application form. We seek your understanding that hardcopy applications have a longer processing time.
Additional guidance for care recipient without mental capacity
1. The care recipient's donee/deputy# may provide consent on the care recipient's behalf. If the care recipient does not have such a donee/deputy, the caregiver* may make the application on care recipient's behalf.
#Donee/deputy must be appointed in accordance with the Mental Capacity Act (Cap 177) and is authorised to make decisions on behalf of the care recipient in relation to the care recipient’s property and affairs.
*For successful applications without a donee/deputy and paying to 3rd party bank accounts (not applicable to nursing home accounts), the caregiver or another family member has 12 months to obtain a court order appointing him/her as a deputy, failing which the payouts will be suspended. For more information on how to apply for a deputyship, please visit the
Family Justice Courts website.
Doctor’s certification for mental incapacity is only valid for
six months, unless stated permanent.
2. Please submit the following addtional supporting documents:
Why do I need the NRIC issue date? How do I find the NRIC issue date?
AIC requires the input of the NRIC issue date for verification purposes.
How do I change my IDAPE payment account?
You can login with your SingPass on eFASS and navigate to “Manage My Schemes” > “Change in Scheme Details”.
If you are changing the nominated bank account on behalf of a care recipient who lacks mental capacity, you will need to submit a
Mental Incapacity Certification if you have not done so before. Please refer to
Additional Guidance for more information.
If you are nominating a nursing home to receive the payouts, please approach the nursing home to help you submit the Change in Application Details Form to AIC.
Do keep a copy of the application documents for your own reference.
How do I know whether I am severely disabled?
You would need to visit a MOH-accredited severe disability assessor to be assessed whether you are severely disabled. You are likely to be assessed as severely disabled if you are unable to perform at least three activities of daily living (ADLs). These ADLs are bathing, dressing, feeding oneself, using the toilet, moving around and transferring.
For example, at least three of the following scenarios apply to you:
You will be reimbursed fully for the assessment fee if you are assessed to be severely disabled. If you are assessed to have mild/ moderate disability, you may still be eligible for mild/ moderate disability assistance schemes like the Pioneer Generation Disability Assistance Scheme, Home Caregiving Grant and FDW Levy Concession.
For information on the different levels of disability and how to apply for IDAPE and other forms of financial support, please refer to the information on
Can I see my own doctor or therapist to be assessed for IDAPE eligibility?
If you wish to apply for IDAPE or any of the severe disability schemes, you need to undergo a severe disability assessment by an MOH-accredited severe disability assessor who has undergone a rigorous training programme to learn how to assess disability accurately. You may wish to check if your own doctor or healthcare professional is on the list of MOH accredited severe disability assessors. This can be found at
www.aic.sg/assessors-list. If they are not, you will need to make an appointment with one of the assessors on the list for an assessment.
Do I need to pay for a severe disability assessment? How much are the assessment fees?
The fees for clinic-based and non-clinic-based assessments are $100 and $250 respectively. Assessment fees will be reimbursed only if the care recipient is assessed to be severely disabled.
Would someone with dementia or other cognitive impairments automatically qualify for IDAPE?
Is there a periodic re-assessment? How often would it be? Can this be waived?
An annual periodic re-assessment may be required to assess if a care recipient of a severe disability scheme continues to meet the criteria for receiving payouts/withdrawals. Periodic re-assessment fees are waived, regardless of the outcome of the assessment. We will write to the care recipient if a periodic re-assessment is required.
Care recipients who are assessed as permanently severely disabled will be exempted from disability re-assessments, unless new information comes in to suggest that the care recipient’s condition has improved.
If my IDAPE payout had ceased due to recovery, can I subsequently reapply if I become severely disabled again?
Will Singapore Permanent Residents (PRs) be eligible for IDAPE?
Do Singaporeans residing overseas qualify for IDAPE payouts?
I am a beneficiary of moderate disability assistance schemes such as the Pioneer Generation Disability Assistance Scheme (PioneerDAS) or Home Caregiving Grant (HCG), will I automatically qualify for IDAPE?
The IDAPE eligibility criteria is stricter than that of PioneerDAS and HCG.
For PioneerDAS and HCG, which are moderate disability schemes, individuals only need to require some assistance with three or more Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). For IDAPE, which is a severe disability scheme, individuals need to be unable to perform three or more ADLs (i.e. require significant assistance) in order to be eligible. As the IDAPE eligibility criteria is stricter, care recipients who are eligible for IDAPE can automatically receive PioneerDAS or HCG payouts without going for a separate assessment (subject to meeting the other non-disability eligibility criteria for these schemes), but not the converse.
I am not covered under ElderShield/CareShield Life basic plan but I have its supplement plan. Can I still apply for IDAPE?
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