New app for checking seniors' eligibility for govt subsidies

PM Lee presenting Mr Poh Siak Kwong, 80, a detachable wheelchair under the Enhanced Mobility
and Enabling Fund scheme.
PM Lee presenting Mr Poh Siak Kwong, 80, a detachable wheelchair under the Enhanced Mobility and Enabling Fund scheme. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

A new smartphone app will let caregivers check if their elderly family members are eligible for a broad range of government subsidies.

By answering just six questions in the app, a caregiver or community volunteer will know if the senior qualifies for financial aid under schemes such as the Community Health Assist Scheme.

Developed by the Agency for Integrated Care and called "AICare Link", the app was launched last night at the fifth anniversary of the Teck Ghee Wellness programme.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who is MP for the area, attended the night of song-and- dance along with 1,200 seniors.

He said more than 10,000 seniors have signed up for the National Wellness Programme, which encourages them to widen their social circle and be physically active by offering special rates for activities like karaoke and zumba workouts.

"I hope more of you will sign up and ask your friends to sign up so that we can look after each other in our silver years, live and age well at home and in the community."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 08, 2015, with the headline 'New app for checking seniors' eligibility for govt subsidies'. Print Edition | Subscribe