Respite care refers to someone else who does the caring for a short period of time to give the full-time carer a vacation. Respite care can last for a few hours to a few weeks. Respite care can be provided at the home of the patient or at an institution where the patient stays for a short-term stay.
The estimated fee range from $36 to $70 a day before means-testing. If your loved one qualifies, government subsidy is available.
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Dementia-Friendly Singapore seeks to build dementia-friendly communities across the island. It is a place where the seniors feel respected, valued, and where help is within easy reach so that they can continue to lead independent and meaningful lives.
Part of this network are Go-To Points, which are part of the safe return system for seniors with dementia. Members of the community can bring these seniors to the Go-To points, and leaders at these locations will offer general assistance to these seniors. They include identification and contacting of the senior’s next-of-kin or family member to ensure that the seniors are reunited with their loved ones.
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Community Rehabilitation Services
Dementia Day Care Services
Social Day Care Services
A doctor’s referral is needed to show that your loved one needs this therapy. The estimated cost ranges between $700 and $1,200 a month (before means-testing) and excludes transport services. You can apply for subsidies and the received amount varies depending on your family’s income.
Home Medical CareDoctors visit the patient to provide services such as consultations, and the assessment and management of the patient’s condition from his or her own home. The primary aim of home care is to keep clients healthy and functionally independent at home and in the community for as long as possible, hence delaying institutional care (such as admission into a nursing home).
Home Nursing CareNurses provide nursing care such as wound dressing, stoma care and insertion of nasogastric tubes in the patient’s own home. These nurses may also play a key role in managing and reviewing the care plan of the patient, in consultation with doctors, as well as training caregivers in basic care.
Palliative Home Care
Palliative home care provides holistic support (e.g. medical and nursing care) to terminally ill patients and their families. Patients and their loved ones are supported in their homes by a multi-disciplinary team of doctors and nurses, and for some service providers, social workers as well. The focus of home palliative care is to improve the quality of the patients’ remaining days through services such as pain control, symptom relief, nursing care and counselling.
Daily meals are provided at the doorstep of the elderly who is unable to buy or prepare meals for him/herself.
Escort / Transport Services
The service allows for arranged transportation for the senior’s medical appointments if he/she is unable to utilise public transport due to his/her semi-/non-ambulant status, or if the frail and/or working caregiver requires such assistance. A medical escort will accompany the elderly, if required.
Home Personal Care
The senior may choose from a variety of care services, such as personal hygiene, housekeeping, medication reminder service, mind-stimulating activities and other personal care tasks, that best meet their needs.
Get a referral from a hospital, polyclinic or GP that the elderly visits. Cost of service starts from $140 per visit before means-testing subsidy. If you have difficulty paying for the service, please speak to your service provider or the Medical Social Worker in the hospital or polyclinic.
√ Support seniors to age-in-place at home and in the community.
√ Better integration of home and community-based services.
√ Regional network with Primary Care Providers (PCP).
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