People with disabilities to get more help in therapy and personal care in their own homes

Centre for Enabled Living providing health-care devices to meet the needs of caregivers and their patients. People with disabilities can get care services such as therapy and hygiene services in the comfort of their own homes under a new programme. -
Centre for Enabled Living providing health-care devices to meet the needs of caregivers and their patients. People with disabilities can get care services such as therapy and hygiene services in the comfort of their own homes under a new programme. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - People with disabilities can get care services such as therapy and hygiene services in the comfort of their own homes under a new programme.

The two-year Home-Based Care Services pilot by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) will include services such as therapy intervention, personal hygiene care, housekeeping and medication reminder services. It is part of the ministry's Enabling Masterplan 2012 - 2016 to improve care services and expand the range of care options to cater to varying needs of people with disabilities.

Those aged 16 and above with physical or intellectual disabilities as well as mild autism are eligible.

The services are provided by the Asian Women's Welfare Association and Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS).

In a statement on Wednesday, Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing said: "This is part of our effort to help persons with disabilities remain integrated in the community and to support their caregivers."

"(The programme) will benefit persons with disabilities who do not require or are not suitable for centre-based services. Allowing them to be cared for at home will also provide some relief for the caregivers," he added.

Madam Jenny Yeo, whose 30-year-old son Mr Jonathan Liew has intellectual disability, enrolled in MINDS' Home-Based Care Services.

"After receiving help at home, Jonathan's condition is getting better. His personal hygiene has also improved. I can also take a short break from caregiving," she said.

Interested applicants can contact SG Enable, an agency for people disabilities, at contactus@sgenable.sg