The government has not done enough for the elderly (against) (family (Time…
The government has not done enough for the elderly (against)
the 2018 Budget does not include many measures for supporting families to care for older parents
middle-income families struggling to pay hefty care giving bills
More Singaporeans have turned to nursing homes in Johor Bahru (JB) and demand is growing
The estimated charges at local nursing homes range from SGD1200 to SGD3500 per month. In JB, the charges are around SGD600 to SGD1000.
longer life expectancy, more families are "sandwiched" - needing to care for both the young and the old generation.
Hard to maintain Frequent Contact
busy work schedule therefore not being able to take care of bed ridden parents
lack of experience and knowledge
no class conducted to teach one how to take care of the elderly
If there is, it usually is very expensive Rage from $400-$500
full time caregiver needed to take care of parents
live in full time helper costs $600-$850/ month Before subsides and grants
Not knowing what elderly need
Nurses are specialised in taking care of the elderly
Any enquirers can ask them
make an effort to know more about the elderly condition
Ask for help when needed and be involved
constant neglect might lead elderly to think of suicide
existing support scheme
Pioneer Generation Package (PGP)
up to $800 a year for life
MediShield Life premiums, annual Medisave top-ups
additional 50% off subsidised services and medication at polyclinics and Specialist Outpatient Clinics (SOC) in public hospitals.
Government subsidence on medical check ups and expenditures
Medisave top-ups assist in future medical fees
Medisave is a national medical savings scheme which helps individuals put aside part of their income into their Medisave Accounts. This can be used to pay for their future personal or immediate family member’s hospitalisation and certain outpatient expenses incurred at any hospital in Singapore.
silver support scheme
less than $200/month to their pocket handed out in quarterly payment
Taken together, the total Government cash assistance for a single elderly person on the ComCare Long Term Assistance Scheme and the Silver Support Scheme can be up to $1,800 per quarter (or $600 a month).
Senior Citizen Concession Card
Senior citizens can enjoy lower rates on buses and trains
This gives senior citizen cardholders one more option when purchasing their travel pass, on top of the Hybrid Concession Pass. Now seniors can be even more active in pursuing their hobbies, visiting friends and loved ones, or even volunteering for their favourite causes.
Enhancement for Active Seniors (EASE)
seniors can enjoy subsidies of up to 95% to install improvement items such as grab bars and slip-resistant bathroom floors to make it more elder-friendly
Singapore Silver Page
Helps one to cope and manage different difficulties one might face when dealing with an elderly
Elderly care centres
Increasing number of care centres
Senior Activity Centres can be found in the void decks of HDB rental blocks, where seniors living around the area are encouraged to participate in active ageing.
Well- being of the elderly
Centre conducts activities such as karaoke, arts & craft and exercise sessions to keep the elderly engaged. They also act as a communal space for elderly to socialise with their peers, and find social support.
Growing services to meet demand for aged care
By 2020, the government plans to meet their target of having 6200 daycare places, 10000 home care places and 17000 nursing home beds
Declining birth rates
By 2020, 3 working citizens is to 1 elderly so the Government is trying to increase birth rate so that more youngsters will be able to support the future elderlies
Strengthening community support
A significant increase in healthcare and social expenditure
Government will be putting in $300 million into the Community Silver trust (CST) to help VWOs( voluntary welfare organizations) that are currently providing long-term care for seniors
This fund will allow VWOs to manage their day to day operations and provide quality aged care services to a wider number of seniors
Community networks for senior (CNS)
Aimed at improving the lives of seniors, the fund provides subsidies for. Senior who require assistance devices such as wheelchairs, hearing aids and hospital beds.
Government also set aside $150 million to subsidise transport costs for elderly on their trips to and from elder care and dialysis centres over the next five years
Elderly: 65 and above
Enough: Done as much or as many as required by the elderly
Topic Status Quo: Medisave, 2018 budget and free activities for the elderly