Hi everyone, it had been very long time since I last written post here. So now, I am writing and hope this article will be of some help to others too as these had helped me.
When my dad was diagnosed with lung cancer during Oct ‘2013 and we were totally clueless as to what were the grants that we can apply to ease our burden. Eventhough during that period of time, many emphasizes were on Pioneer generation but unfortunately, was time was not on my dad’s favor. Well, that was history now.. so we will skip this part.
My dad passed on Oct 2014 and shortly after that my mum’s health deteriorated and from then till now, she had been through 1 stroke and 3 seizures attacks which lead to totally bedridden now. But this time, we were much well informed thru news, community centres and hospital on the AIC grants.
Through all these info given, we are told that we can apply for the following grants
- PioneerDAS : For Pioneer born before Year 1950 -$100/mth till as long as alive
- Foreign Domestic Worker (FDW) grant – Cash assistance of $120/mth for family who hires a FDW to care for patient
- FDW levy concessions for persons with disabilities (PWD) – Lower monthly concessionary FDW levy of $60 instead of $250
- Interim disability assistance programme for the Elderly (IDAPE) – Cash assistance of $250 or $150/mth for up to 72mths for disabled elderly
More information can be found at www.pioneers.sg, www.silverpages.sg and www.mov.sg related to all these grants. FYI, we applied and we got approved for these grants.
AIG also provide
- Care at home : Eldersitter Service, Home care and Senior home car – As we did not used these services, I am not sure and cant provide much info too.
- Centre-based care : Day rehabilitation, day care and dementia day care : We tried a few times but my mum was not so cooperative with the social worker and she prefered to stay at home hence, we also dropped out 2mths later.
- Caregiver Training Grant allows we to tap on an annual $200 subsidy to attend approved training course for better : This was very good as we send our domestic help to attend on managing an elderly’s day-to-day and preventing falls and home safety. Both my sister and our helper had benefited from this training to be able to attend to my mum’s daily needs.
- There are some basic necessities, such as wheelchairs, air mattress, commode, walking sticks – All can be purchased at 10-50% discounts depending on feedback from the medical social worker assigned to access the patient’s condition – For my mum’s condition, we only paid 10% of the total cost. Diapers also can be purchased at their designated stores.
- Even patient with permanent catheter, they even assigned qualified nurse from SNF to attend at patient’s home every 2 to 3mth interval at subsidised rate. Cant remembered how much we paid but I am sure it was less than $30.
- Given my mum’s condition, we also applied for home medical care which mean that we can request the Doctor to attend my mum at our home once her medication is below 2 weeks’ usage at $25/trip except for CT and MRI as these need to be performed at site.
I am sure that there are other services that AIC provided – but just that, we only took these options so I can only share these info. Our encounters (my family members and me) with AIC had been a very fruitful as we had some financial help and other services/training given to 3 of us, i.e. my sister, me and our helper.
Hope some will find this useful when needed.