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7 Easy Steps to Significantly Improve the Care for Your Elderly Parents in Singapore


  • Make Sure Your Parents Have Their CHAS Card Ready
    If your parents have Pioneer Generation (PG) status (citizens born on/before 1949) or Merdeka Generation (MG) status (citizens born between 1950 and 1959), they are automatically entitled to CHAS subsidies using their PG/MG card.

    Unfortunately, not all seniors hold the PG/MG card. However, your parents might meet the means testing requirements for CHAS. So whether they are Pioneers or not, all qualifying seniors can benefit from higher subsidies for selected treatment by applying for CHAS.

    It is important to locate and place your parent’s CHAS, Pioneer Generation or Merdeka Generation (MG) card in an easily accessible location for the next time they visit a clinic.

  • Send Your Parent’s Primary Caregiver (In Many Cases A Domestic Helper) For Caregiver Training
    Home-based and classroom-based caregiver training are available for basic homecare skills, as well as care for specific medical conditions like dementia and falls prevention.
    To offset the cost of training, you may apply for subsidies under the Caregiver Training Grant.

  • Bookmark The Following Pages:
    Singapore Silverpages
    This website, a project by the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC), provides information on financial help and care services available for caregivers in Singapore. You also get handy tips on dealing with common issues faced by caregivers for the elderly.

    Set Up Google Alerts
    Get Google to send you weekly email updates on relevant news as they appear on the Internet (here’s how). It is a good way to keep abreast of new eldercare subsidies, government initiatives and community resources. Useful search terms to start with:
    • Eldercare Singapore
    • Elderly Singapore
    • Ageing Singapore
    • Medishield
    • Pioneer Generation
    • Merdeka Generation
  • Get Heavily Subsidised Immunisations And Screenings
    Early detection of chronic conditions through health screenings dramatically saves future pain and costs. Find out more on the Screen For Life programme.

  • Set Up Emergency Procedures
    Make it easy for your parent to alert you at the press of a button in an emergency and monitor your parent’s whereabouts when they leave the house:
    • Save your number and other emergency contacts on speed-dial.
    • Set up a Personal Emergency Response System (PERS). A PERS lets your parent send you an emergency alert by pushing an alarm button.
    • Activate GPS or a location detector on your parent’s phone. If your parents get lost, you will be able to locate them instantly if they are carrying their phone.
    • Speak to community befrienders in your neighbourhood to check in with your parent regularly.
    • Get a neighbour to check in on your parent regularly and be a point of contact in times of emergency.
    • Write all your parent’s medical conditions, allergies and an emergency contact on a card.
  • Prevent Falls By Making The Home Elder-Safe
    Every year, falls account for many cases of disability, emotional distress and even death among the elderly. Reduce the risk of falls by installing simple modifications:
    • Grab bars provide support, especially on stairs and in wet places such as the bathroom.
    • Bed rails acts as a safety barrier against falling while turning or trying to get down from bed.
    • Ramps replace stairs to make it easier for your parents to move around the house.
    • Non-slip floors. Simple application of anti-slip stickers or non-slip treatment to help increase friction.
    You can even get subsidies for these modifications through the HDB’s Enhancement for Active Seniors (EASE) Direct Application.

  • Speak To An Eldercare Consultant
    If your parent’s needs are more extensive and complex, you may consider getting an experienced care manager to assess their medical and living conditions to draw out a tailored care plan.

 

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