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Caregiver Support

14 Feb 2019

As our population ages and more Singaporeans live longer, Singapore will see a rise in informal caregiving. MOH has expanded the capacity of aged care services, and deepened the range of care options available for their loved ones, so that caregivers can have peace of mind. MOH has put in place long-term care financing measures to ensure affordable and sustainable healthcare.

Quick Summary of New Measures: 

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CAREGIVER SUPPORT MEASURES
 
Since September 2018, MOH has engaged over 200 caregivers and stakeholders such as aged care service providers and tripartite partners to directly address the needs of caregivers. Drawing on these views, MOH, together with partner agencies have developed a Caregiver Support Action Plan to strengthen support for senior caregiving.

Care Navigation

  • More physical touchpoints for information and referral:

- There are currently 8 AICare Links sited in 7 acute and community hospitals and Agency for Integrated Care’s (AIC) office @ Maxwell.

- (New) 4 more AICare Links in the community (Choa Chu kang, Nee Soon, Pasir Ris and Toa Payoh) by second half of 2019

 

  • One-stop information and resources:

Singapore Silver Pages and Singapore Silver Line (1800-650-6060)

 

  • (New) Online platform to facilitate information navigation and access to care services:

Moments of Life online portal to provide Singaporeans and their caregivers with information and services related to the end-of-life journey; beta version by end-2019.

 

  • (New) Health Marketplace:

E-platform to facilitate caregiver’s access to care services and products best suited to their needs by 2020.

Financial Support

Caregivers can use the grant to offset the training fees of courses to equip themselves with the necessary skills in caring for the physical and emotional needs of their care recipients.

 

  • (New) Home Caregiving Grant (HCG) to support caregiving in the community

HCG with enhanced quantum of $200/mth to defray caregiving expenses, such as the costs of home and community-based services, transportation to medical appointments and hiring an FDW will be rolled-out by end-2019. This will replace the existing Foreign Domestic Worker (FDW) Grant.

 

  • (New) Expanding use of MediSave to siblings

By end-2019, CPF members will be able to use their MediSave to pay for the healthcare expenses of their Singapore Citizen/Permanent Resident siblings

Workplace Support

  • Work-Life Grant (WLG) to encourage more employers to adopt flexible work arrangements

(New) MOM is exploring increases to the WLG budget, and more details will be announced in due course

Caregiver Respite Services

Caregivers can tap on the short-term respite care of a few hours so that they have time to attend to personal matters.

Provides respite for caregivers who require longer break.

  • (New) Shorter activation time for respite services

- Pre-enrolment system with a number of senior care centres and nursing homes to shorten the activation time for respite services by first quarter of 2019.

- Caregivers can register and complete some of the administrative processes early, so that less time is required when they need to tap on respite services.

 

  • (New) Night respite pilot for caregivers of seniors with dementia who experience behavioural and sleep issues at night

- Rollout of night respite service by second half of 2019, where seniors will be engaged through cognitive activities and tasks to help manage their behavioural and sleep issues.

- This respite service will allow caregivers, especially those who are working or caring for the senior in the day, to catch some rest at night.

  • (New) Home-based respite for caregivers of end-of-life patients

- Caregivers of cancer patients can tap on this respite service to receive support in custodial care (e.g. showering, dressing, feeding of patient) for the cancer patient by mid-2019.

Caregiver Empowerment and Training

  • (New) Evolve community outreach teams to support caregivers’ socio-emotional needs

 - AIC will evolve some community outreach teams to undertake a more focused approach to outreach and provide support for caregivers by end-2019.

- These teams will support caregivers in self-care through health and wellness activities, stress management and future planning as well as linking them up with support groups and counselling services where needed.

  • (New) Building caregiver support networks in the community

Grow caregiver support networks across Dementia-Friendly Communities so caregivers and their loved ones have platforms to engage in activities by end-2019.

 

  • (New) Enhancing eldercare training for caregivers

- AIC will work with training providers to offer Standardised Caregiver Training Courses that focus on skills that caregivers need to support seniors in their Activities of Daily Living based on seniors' mobility status by the second half of 2019.

- AIC will partner training providers to train FDWs early in their employment, e.g. after they complete the Settling-In Programme.


RELATED LINKS AND INFORMATION

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  • Singapore Silver Line:
    1800 650 6060
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Click here for speech by Mr Edwin Tong, Senior Minister for State for Health, on support for caregivers