Interim Disability Assistance Programme For The Elderly 


IDAPE is a government assistance scheme providing financial help to needy and disabled elderly Singaporeans, who were not eligible to join ElderShield when it was launched in 2002 because they had exceeded the maximum entry age or have pre-existing disabilities.   

IDAPE Benefits

Should you qualify, IDAPE will provide you $150 or $250 a month, for a maximum period of 72 months. The monthly payouts were increased from July 2012, up from $100 and $150 a month respectively to provide more assistance to disabled elderly with long-term care needs.

To make a claim under IDAPE, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You are unable to perform 3 or more of the 6 Activities of Daily Living (ADLs; washing, feeding, dressing, toileting, mobility and transferring).
  • You are a Singapore citizen born before 30 September 1932 OR born between 1 October 1932 and 30 September 1962 (both dates inclusive) but with pre-existing disabilities as at 30 September 2002
  • Your per capita household monthly income is $2,600 or less OR for households with no income and living in a residence with Annual Value of $13,000 and below.

The following table outlines the benefit payout:

Per Capita Household Monthly Income*


Monthly Payout

$0- $1,800


$1,801 - $2,600


* Per capita household monthly income means the total monthly household income divided by the total number of persons in the household. IDAPE applicants from households with no income will qualify for the $250 monthly payout if the Annual Value of their place of residence is $13,000 or lower.

Application for IDAPE

If you wish to find out more about how to apply for IDAPE, please click here or contact the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) at 1800-650-6060.