Published on 26 Nov 2021
When it comes to caring for our elderly loved ones, many of us want to ensure that they receive quality and professional care. At the same time, the costs of such elderly caregiving services may be of concern to some.
To help families offset the costs of personal and medical care in the long run, the Singapore government and the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) have put in place various financial assistance schemes for the elderly. One of them is the Pioneer Generation Disability Assistance Scheme (PioneerDAS), which provides a $100 monthly payout to care for Pioneers in their later years.
In this article, we will share how you can get caregiving help with NTUC Health’s Home Care services and how we can help with the application process to PioneerDAS.
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The PioneerDAS is part of the Pioneer Generation Package, which honours the contributions of Singapore’s Pioneers to the country. Under this scheme, seniors who are in the Pioneer Generation can receive $100 a month, which they can use to offset their caregiving expenses.
To be eligible for the PioneerDAS, the care recipient must be a Singapore citizen who is from the Pioneer generation. This means that they must be born on or before 31 December 1949 and have obtained Singaporean citizenship on or before 31 December 1986. To check on your loved one’s Pioneer status, please visit the Pioneer Generation website.
Secondly, the care recipient must also be assessed by a registered nurse, doctor or therapist who will fill up a Functional Assessment Report (FAR) that certifies they are unable to perform at least three of the following Activities of Daily Living:
Under PioneerDAS, there is no need to go through Means Testing. In other words, you will not need to provide proof of your monthly household income.
To apply for Pioneer(DAS), bring the care recipient to their General Practitioner (GP) or care provider to obtain a Functional Assessment Report (FAR). Should you and your loved one prefer to remain at home, registered nurses, doctors or therapists from NTUC Health’s Home Disability Assessment service will be able to visit you and assess your loved one’s ability to perform activities of daily living and provide an FAR. All you have to do is call 6715 6715 to book an appointment.
Once the Functional Assessment Report is ready, login to AIC’s eService portal (eFASS) with your Singpass and follow this guide by AIC to proceed with applying for PioneerDAS online. Alternatively, you may email email@example.com or walk into any AIC Link for a hardcopy application form.
It may take up to 1 month to process an online application, and AIC will inform you if your application has been successful. Once your application has been approved, you will receive payouts to your nominated bank account the following month.
Finally, if your loved one requires long term care and is a resident at a nursing home, you may also arrange for them to receive the payout and offset nursing home bills. This can be done by contacting your service provider.
Looking for financial assistance to offset the costs of caregiving? Begin your application to assistance schemes by engaging our disability assessment service from the comfort of home. Call NTUC Health Home Care at 6715 6715 for an appointment, or learn more about how we can support you and your loved ones with our Home Care services.
Based on the Enhanced Home Caregiving Grant (HCG), eligible applicants will receive either $250 or $400 per month to support their caregiving efforts. Find out more here.
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