More choices in subsidised homecare services for seniors, disabled

PHOTO: More choices in subsidised homecare services for seniors, disabled

SINGAPORE - The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) is appointing two private sector providers to expand subsidised senior home-care services.

The expansion, to take place end of this year, will provide more choices and greater support for families with frail seniors and disabled wards.

Currently, about 350 families are served by three voluntary welfare organisations: namely NTUC Eldercare, Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities and TOUCH Community Services.

The two new private sector providers - ECON Healthcare Group and Lentor Residence Private Limited - will add an additional estimated 400 subsidised places with effect from Dec 17.

Eligible users of the services receive mean-tested MSF subsidies. Families-in-need with a monthly per capita household income of up to $2,200 can qualify for the subsidies. They can expect to receive government subsidies ranging from $12 to $150 per week.

These subsidies will be extended to eligible users of the two private sector operators.

The expansion is in line with MSF's longer term plan to extend home-care services to about 4,000 elderly and disabled people by 2016.

It will also help families in need when the mandatory day off for Foreign Domestic Workers is implemented in January 2013.

For more information, caregivers, families and persons needing care may contact the Centre for Enabled Living at 1800-8585-885 or visit www.cel.sg.

yamadak@sph.com.sg

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