People with disabilities can now get home-based care services, under a two-year pilot scheme launched by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF).
The services, which include therapy, personal hygiene care, housekeeping and medication reminder services, cater to those aged 16 and above with physical or intellectual disability as well as mild autism, the ministry said in a news release on Wednesday (Dec 3).
The services, to be provided by the Asian Women’s Welfare Association (AWWA) and Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS), would enable the disabled to live in their own home, and also allow caregivers to have more rest time, MSF said.
Social and Family Development Minister Chan Chun Sing said: “This is part of our effort to help persons with disabilities remain integrated in the community and to support their caregivers. Home-based care services will benefit persons with disabilities who do not require or are not suitable for centre-based services. Allowing them to be cared for at home will also provide some relief for the caregivers.”
Mr Jonathan Liew, 30, has intellectual disability and is enrolled in MINDS’ home-based care services. His mother, Mdm Jenny Yeo, said: "After receiving help at home, Jonathan’s condition is getting better. His personal hygiene has also improved. I can also take a short break from caregiving."
MSF said it plans to continue to enhance care services and expand the range of care options under the Enabling Masterplan 2012-2016.