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.   

AIC as IDAPE administrator from 1 April 2016

From 1 April 2016, the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) will take over the administration of IDAPE from NTUC Income. NTUC Income will process IDAPE applications until 10 March 2016. 

If you wish to apply for IDAPE after 10 March 2016, please click here to download the AIC Application Form and submit it to AIC.

Due to data and systems migration from NTUC Income to AIC, AIC will begin processing your application from 1 April 2016 onwards. If your application is approved, the first payout will be made in May 2016, for the month(s) that you are eligible for IDAPE.

If you wish to find out more about how to apply for IDAPE, please click here.

If you are an existing beneficiary, you will continue to receive your payout each month. You will receive a letter by mid March 2016 with more details. If you have not received this letter by 31 Mar 2016, please contact us at 1800-650-6060.

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.