07 Oct '11, 9pm

For a start, a S$5-million boost to care for the elderly - TODAYonline

SINGAPORE - Even as the Government conducts a long-term review of community-based services for the elderly, it will provide a S$5 million leg-up to the sector in the year ahead, in a move that is set to benefit low-income seniors. For a start, it is extending subsidies for day care centres and home help services beyond the current 30th income percentile, to the 50th income percentile. With the changes, families earning a per capita income of S$951 to S$1,400 will now be able to receive a 25 per cent subsidy when they sign up for the services of the 22 day care centres and nine home help service providers. The Government is also increasing funding for seniors activity centres from 50 to 60 per cent. This will immediately extend the reach and affordability of elder care services, and their range and quality, while the review takes place, said the Ministry of Community Develo...

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