Singaporeans who want to tap into the Seniors’ Mobility and Enabling Fund can now do so at 114 access points at restructured hospitals, community hospitals and seniors activity centres.
SINGAPORE: Singaporeans who want to tap into the Seniors’ Mobility and Enabling Fund can now do so at more places.
There are now 114 access points at restructured hospitals, community hospitals and seniors activity centres.
The fund, which aims to help seniors remain mobile and live independently, was enhanced to S$50 million during Budget 2013. Since July 1, 700 applications have been approved.
Minister of State for Health, Dr Amy Khor explained: “We have implemented a simplified means-testing framework for the elderly living in three-room HDB flats and smaller so that they can automatically receive subsidies for assistive devices that cost less than $500. We have also expanded the use of the fund to also include consumables for a limited number of seniors who are receiving home healthcare services.”
As part of the government’s efforts to help Singaporeans age gracefully, Marine Parade was chosen for a pilot programme to implement various initiatives to help Singaporeans age in the community.
If these programmes are successful in Marine Parade, they will be implemented in different parts of Singapore. So far, there has been good progress in the pilot project in Marine Parade.
Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, who is also MP for Marine Parade, said the government is trying to make Singapore a senior-friendly country and so he offered Marine Parade to be piloted for programmes on ageing in the community.
Mr Goh visited three flats to meet older residents who have benefitted from the seniors’ mobility fund.
He said: “If I can make Marine Parade a senior-friendly estate with a happy environment for them, likewise, we can do it for the whole of Singapore. Marine Parade has worked very well with the government to upgrade the physical features of Marine Parade into senior friendly features. Even in Marine Parade, I am now thinking of Community Integrated Care for senior citizens.
“In other words, get the community, the families, the government to see how we can approach this in total, starting with financial education, active ageing programmes, and very importantly, moving up to integrated care.”
Mr Goh said he intends to firm up the plan with agencies like People’s Association, the Health Ministry and the Social and Family Development Ministry before approaching the government for some support.