The needy elderly in Singapore will now find it much easier to apply for wheelchairs and other assistive devices they require.
There are now 114 'access points', or places where seniors may apply for a subsidy under the Seniors' Mobility and Enabling Fund (SMF). These include dialysis centres, community hospitals and senior activity centres. There have been 702 beneficiaries since it was rolled out in July 1 this year.
This was revealed by the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) during a home visit by Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Mayor for Southwest CDC Dr Amy Khor on Monday. AIC was the only approval point for all SMF applications before the current enhancements kicked in this month. Other aspects of the fund include subsidies for transport and consumables like catheters and wound dressings.
Dr Khor said: "I'm pleased that we are able to provide more assistance to the seniors... we want to continue to work to review our assistance schemes to make help more accessible and easily available to them."