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Subsidised home safety fixtures for more seniors

Hospital referrals help patients to enjoy HDB scheme despite not meeting criteria

Published on Mar 9, 2014 8:05 AM
The HDB installed eight grab bars and applied slip-resistant chemical treatment in one bathroom in Madam Eng Bok Hua's four-room flat. The total cost was around $750 but she needed to pay only $56.20. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

As a 64-year-old housewife, Madam Eng Bok Hua was too young to qualify for a programme which subsidises the installation of elderly-friendly fixtures such as grab bars and ramps in flats.

But a system in which two local hospitals can highlight critical cases to the Housing Board (HDB) has got her the help she needed after she fractured her hip.

The Enhancement for Active Seniors (Ease) programme, which was launched in July 2012, requires one of two qualifying criteria to be filled.

It is open to Singaporean households with a member aged 70 and above, or with someone between 65 and 69 who requires assistance with activities such as bathing, dressing or feeding. These families can apply for Ease directly with the HDB.

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