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12 May 2021

11th May 2021

Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament
Mr Murali Pillai
MP for Bukit Batok

Question No. 723

To ask the Minister for Health whether the Home Caregiving Grant may be provided to care recipients living alone but who rely on persons residing separately from them for their caregiving needs.

Written Answer

1 In October 2019, the Ministry of Health (MOH) introduced the Home Caregiving Grant (HCG).  The HCG is a monthly $200 cash grant for eligible individuals with permanent moderate disability and the grant can be used flexibly for different caregiving expenses. 

2 To qualify for the HCG, the care recipient must meet the following criteria:
a. Singapore Citizen or a Singapore Permanent Resident with a parent, child, or spouse who is a Singapore Citizen;
b. Always require some assistance with at least three Activities of Daily Living (ADLs);
c. For households with income, per capita household income of $2,800 or less, or for households with no income, living in a residence with Annual Value of $13,000 or less; and
d. Living in the community, i.e. not residing in a residential long-term care institution (e.g. Nursing Home)

3 Care recipients living alone but who rely on persons residing separately from them for their caregiving needs will be eligible for the HCG if they fulfil all the criteria.