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More govt help for elderly’s outpatient and hospital costs soon: Tharman

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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Tharman Shanmugaratnam

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam has said the government will soon make announcements on more help for older Singaporeans with their hospital and outpatient costs.

SINGAPORE: Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam has said the government will soon make announcements on more help for older Singaporeans with their hospital and outpatient costs.

He reiterated a call he made on Saturday night when he said Singapore must look after its senior citizens, who worked hard to build the country.

He added: “We will do more to help the older Singaporeans, especially for healthcare costs — hospital, polyclinic, nursing homes, all the aspects of healthcare costs.”

Mr Tharman was speaking at a carnival in Taman Jurong on Sunday.

He repeated his call for the government and community to help children who start off with less to move up, so that opportunities are more equal.

He also said that in the next 10 to 15 years, the desire is to see Singaporeans’ pay go up.

Mr Tharman added that the government will put a lot of emphasis on helping workers move up the ladder in their jobs.

He said: “I look at the problems in many other parts of the world. I think we can avoid these problems if we stay united, we work hard and we are fair and compassionate towards all our fellow citizens, including those who are working in simple jobs and their pay is not so high.”

– CNA/al

via More govt help for elderly’s outpatient and hospital costs soon: Tharman – Channel NewsAsia.

House calls keep hospital at bay

SINGAPORE – The number of elderly Nee Soon East residents being readmitted to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital has dropped by almost two-thirds, thanks to a scheme which sees nurses making regular community visits.

Before the Nee Soon East constituency launched its intervention programme last August, seniors typically returned to the hospital 3.5 times within six months of their first admission.

Currently, they are only returning about 1.3 times. This finding comes on top of figures that show a 62 per cent drop in the number returning after their first admission since September 2011.

Under the Community Nurse Programme, nurses from KTPH make house visits at least three times a month.

They are also stationed at Nee Soon East Community Club twice a week to help elderly residents with their health needs.

So far, 113 in the estate have benefited from the initiative.

There are plans to expand the programme after Yishun Community Hospital opens in 2015, said Mr Patrick Tay, a grassroots adviser at Nee Soon East Grassroots Organisations.

Speaking ahead of a visit to the constituency by Education Minister Heng Swee Keat on July 14, Mr Tay said: “With this programme, there is someone in constant touch with the elderly because some of them are needy and are living alone. This will also give the elderly more discipline to follow up on their own health needs.”

The Community Nurse Programme comes under the area’s Community Health Mapping programme which aims to benefit at least half of 15,000 residents aged over 50 by 2016.

The constituency will also print a “barrier-free access map” in the monthly Nee Soon East Grassroots Organisations booklet later this month, to help less mobile residents.

via House calls keep hospital at bay.

Budget should do more for elderly and those with low incomes: AWARE

SINGAPORE – Ahead of the Budget to be delivered next Friday, the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE) has unveiled its wish-list, with an emphasis on supporting the elderly and the low-income, and also better subsidies for infant care and childcare.

Noting that caregivers are mainly women, AWARE proposed that subsidies should be given for the long-term care of elderly family members and that all Singaporeans over 85 years old should be provided with free MediShield coverage for life.

Medisave accounts should be periodically topped up from budgetary surpluses, in proportion to the age of the recipient as well as household income, said AWARE in a statement yesterday.

It also suggested that a specified percentage of a husband’s Central Provident Fund monies be deposited into his stay-at-home wife’s Medisave account, or incentives be given for the husband to top up his stay-at-home wife’s Medisave account.

“Most caregivers in Singapore are women, who often experience adverse results for professional advancement and long-term financial security, due to lack of support. The Budget needs to reflect the state’s commitment to supporting women in both the workplace and at home,” the association said.

Other proposals include revising upwards the eligibility criteria for ComCare and Public Assistance to include household incomes of more than S$1,500 per month up to the 30th percentile, and restoring public spending to up to 25 per cent of the gross domestic product as the population ages.

AWARE also proposed that access to childcare subsidies, motherhood benefits and housing benefits should be widened to include all mothers, without discrimination against unwed or stay-at-home mothers.

Paid paternity leave of two weeks should be made mandatory, while one month of the current four-month maternity leave should be converted to parental leave to be taken by either spouse, it suggested.

Meanwhile, there should also be free or subsidised medical benefits for persons with disabilities, including financial support for the cost of rehabilitation, medicine, treatment and health insurance.

This is the second year AWARE is submitting feedback for the Budget. The full report can be found at http://www.aware.org.sg/2012/02/aware-calls-for-an-inclusive-2012-singapore-budget/.

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Grants fund projects to help elderly

Grants fund projects to help elderly
by Tan Weizhen
04:46 AM Jan 11, 2012
SINGAPORE – As Singapore’s population ages, the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) will be embarking on a study to address one of their fundamental needs – whether they have enough time to cross the road at pedestrian crossings safely.Among one of the projects to be awarded grants of S$10,000 each yesterday from the Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Welfare Foundation (MSIWF), the researchers will attempt to determine the right length of time that will let senior citizens cross the road comfortably.”We will take into consideration the daily activities that the elderly do, such as carrying shopping bags or pushing a pram and taking care of their grandchildren,” said Dr Kong Pui Wah, associate professor at the National Institute of Education.According to the team, the findings may allow the Land Transport Authority to tweak its current “Green Man Plus” pilot scheme, which allows the elderly up to five seconds more when they tap on a reader with a senior citizen concession card at a crossing.

Three other Singaporean projects were awarded grants: One by the NTU, and two by the National University of Singapore (NUS).

One project by the NUS will look at developing dental care for recovering elderly patients, in particular stroke patients and those in rehabilitation from other conditions such as fractures.

Dental care is an important part of rehabilitation, said the team, which hopes the research could lead to a programme providing subsidised healthcare for those aged above 65, possibly with a government agency like the Health Promotion Board.

“Right now, oral health needs of children here are very well taken of, but there’s a gap for the elderly in this area. We would like to assess the needs of the older population and provide data on that,” said Associate Professor Catherine Hong from the Faculty of Dentistry at the NUS.

The second NTU project will look at how relationships play a part in helping diabetic patients adjust to their condition, of which the findings may be used to develop intervention programmes using family relationships to influence patients.

The fourth project, by the NUS, will develop robotic therapy to support patients with hemiparesis – those with weaknesses on one side of the body. It could potentially replace commonly-used physiotherapy equipment – such as weight machines, and rubber tubes – to lower costs at rehabilitation facilities.

This is the fifth year that the MSIWF has given out grants in Singapore. From among the 212 applications received from researchers in Singapore, Japan and Thailand, 45 grants totalling ¥37.5 million (S$629,000) were given out.

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