KUALA LUMPUR, September 30 –The Ministry of Health Singapore has announced that it will implement the Home Caregiving Grant (HCG) which will provide better financial access for caregiving in the community, effective October 1.
Separately, the activation time to access respite care is also expected to be shortened via the roll out of the new a new pilot pre-enrolment system, Go Respite.
“The HCG replaces the existing Foreign Domestic Worker (FDW) Grant with an enhanced quantum of $200 per month,” said MOH in a statement.
“The grant will be a monthly cash payout and beneficiaries will have more flexibility in using it to defray caregiving expenses such as hiring an FDW, home and community-based services, and transportation to medical appointments.”
Those who are already a recipient of the FDW grant will be automatically receive the HCG.
The Agency for Integrated Care, under the MOH, has also established Go Respite, a pre-enrolment system, to reduce the activation time for caregivers to access respite care.
Caregivers registered under Go Respite will have to complete some administrative processes in advance to shorten activation time which includes application processes related to the assessment of eligibility for subsidies, selection of suitable service providers, and allowing service providers to briefly assess care recipient’s medical conditions.