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Health And Wellness

Home Care For Adults With Disabilities

Published on 11 Apr 2022

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NTUC Health’s Home Care team can support you and your loved ones from the comfort of home

About 1.5% of Singaporeans have sensory impairments and physical disabilities¹. Finances, health and access to quality care can affect how they live and age.

Your household may have someone who is recovering at home from an unfortunate accident, a stroke or a spinal cord injury. You or your loved one may also be living with genetic disorders such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida and other medical conditions that may make it hard to move about and live independently.

There will definitely be times he or she needs help with daily activities while you are away, or when the primary caregiver is on a break. In these instances, caregivers can seek Home Care support to ensure the experience of caring for loved ones at home becomes more manageable.

Read on to find out more about how we can help, or jump to the following sections:

Help with day-to-day tasks

Debilitating health conditions such as stroke, or Parkinson's can result in types of physical disabilities including paralysis, loss of strength, balance and coordination. In such cases, loved ones require extra help with daily activities.

These may include going out of the house for groceries or basic self-care tasks like toileting, showering and preparing a meal. Our Care Associates also help with turning your loved one to avoid bed sores, and simple bed-bound exercises to improve blood flow in the limbs. Alongside companionship, our dedicated and friendly team of Home Care Associates will ensure that the basic needs of your loved ones are well taken care of.

In summary, Home Care associates from NTUC Health can support you and your loved one through the following services from the comfort of your home:

  • Showering or bed bath
  • Meal preparation
  • Grocery shopping
  • Supervised physical exercises
  • Escorting to medical appointments
  • Mentally -stimulating activities, puzzles

Home Care Services: From $26 per hour, with up to 80% subsidies available based on eligibility.

Nursing and post-hospitalisation care at home

Whether you need help with long-term nursing care at home, or short-term interim care while waiting for a domestic worker, we can help. Our team of private nurses can visit your loved one and provide post-hospital care to ensure they heal in familiar surroundings.

Our nurses are trained to administer medication, change feeding tubes and female urinary catheters and manage medication intake, especially for patients recovering from stroke, or living with late-stage Parkinson's disease.

If your loved one is recovering from a recent surgery, our nurses can also visit to provide wound care, remove stitches and staples, and clean stomas.

Home Nursing: From $141 per visit, with up to 80% subsidies available based on eligibility.

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See a doctor from the comfort of home with Home Medical services

Check-ups and consultations

If an elderly loved one is bedridden or unable to leave the house, they may need extra help to see a doctor. Plan ahead for regular checkups from our doctors right in the comfort of your home with our Home Medical services. Prescriptions from our doctors are accepted at polyclinics and selected specialist outpatient clinics in Singapore.

Home Medical: From $298 per visit, with up to 80% subsidies available based on eligibility.

Improve quality of life through rehabilitation

It is important for seniors to start on a specialised rehabilitation and therapy plan early, so that they lose minimal physical functions and can continue to stay independent, and retain their quality of life where possible. Our team of dedicated therapists can help your loved one with a rehabilitation plan that may consist of the following:

  • Physiotherapy treatment and advice for persons afflicted with conditions that affect mobility and strength, such as muscular dystrophy, stroke, Parkinson's
  • Exercises and training to improve mobility, muscle tone and reduce the risk of falling
  • Occupational therapy to help patients get better with performing independent tasks such as feeding, toileting and chores.
  • Training patients how to use assistive equipment such as crutches, frames and wheelchairs so they can move about
  • Speech therapy to train patients on how to swallow food and drinks and minimise the risk of choking, as well as improve ability to engage in conversation and express their needs

While some health conditions such as Parkinson's or muscular dystrophy cannot be reversed, rehabilitation and therapy can help to preserve physical functions for as long as possible.

Home Therapy: From $200 per visit, with up to 80% subsidies available based on eligibility.

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Speak to our occupational therapists for advice on home modifications to help your loved one move about safely.

Get financial assistance

If your family requires financial help with caregiving at home, there are a number of grants and subsidies available. Administered by the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC), the Home Caregiving Grant offers a monthly $200 payout to eligible families. This helps offset the cost of caregiving expenses such as hiring a foreign domestic worker, or engaging elderly care services

Our MOH-accredited doctors, nurses and therapists can help you complete a Functional Assessment Report that determines if your loved one is unable to perform any three of the Activities of Daily Living. These include eating, bathing, getting dressed, toileting, transferring, and toileting. The assessment takes place at home, after which NTUC Health can assist to submit the report to AIC or an insurance provider.

Aside from the Home Caregiving Grant, a Disability Assessment from NTUC Health will also allow you to apply for other grants**. A number of these may require you to go through the Ministry of Health’s means-test.

Disability Assessment: $250 nett.

Summary

Get the support you need for your loved ones to lead a fulfilling and healthy life at home. Call 6715 6715 or visit our page at NTUC Health Home Care.

**CareShield Life, ElderShield, Foreign Domestic Worker Levy Concession for Persons with Disabilities, ElderFund, Pioneer Generation Disability Scheme, Medisave Withdrawal for Long-Term Care, Interim Disability Assistance Programme for the Elderly, Seniors’ Mobility and Enabling Fund, and Enhancement for Active Seniors programme.

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