How the Home Caregiving Grant Can Help You

How the Home Caregiving Grant Can Help You

24 Mar 2020
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Are you a caregiver to a loved one at home who needs help with his or her daily needs? Or is your loved one receiving care at a day care centre? If your answer is yes to any of the above, the Home Caregiving Grant (HCG) may be able to help cover part of your caregiving expenses.

What is the Home Caregiving Grant?

The HCG is a $200 monthly cash payout to support your loved one. It is part of the caregiver support action plan by the Ministry of Health (MOH), which aims to strengthen the support given to caregiving for seniors in the community.

The HCG has replaced the Foreign Domestic Worker (FDW) Grant since 1 October 2019. The monthly cash payout of $200 can be used to offset costs associated with caring for your loved one with permanent moderate disabilities.

Here is a side-by-side look at the two grants.

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN HCG AND FDW GRANT

 

HCG

 

FDW Grant
(No longer available)

What is the Grant for?

  • Offset caregiving expenses, such as:
    • Senior care services
    • Home care services
    • Caregiver support services in the community
    • Hiring an FDW
    • Transportation to medical appointments
  • Hiring an FDW

How to qualify?

  • Singapore Citizen; OR a Singapore Permanent Resident (PR), with a parent, child, or spouse who is a Singapore Citizen
  • No age restrictions
  • Not living in a residential long-term care institution, such as a nursing home

 

 

  • Care recipient must be a Singapore Citizen, OR FDW employer* must be a Singapore Citizen caring for a PR who is more than 65 years old
  • FDW must attend AIC-approved Caregiver Training courses

 

*Note: FDW employer must be a caregiver of the spouse, parent/ parent-in-law, grandparent/ grandparent-in-law, child/ child-in-law, grandchild/ grandchild-in-law, sibling/ sibling-in-law

 

  • Means-testing assessment of per capita household monthly income of $2,800 or less; OR annual value of property for household is $13,000 or less if they do not have an income
     
  • Needs help with at least THREE activities of daily living:

 

Eating

Bathing

Dressing

Transferring

Toileting

Walking or moving around

 

 

What is the payout?

  • $200 monthly cash payout

 

  • $120 monthly cash payout

How To Apply?

Here are the steps to apply for the HCG Grant:

Step 1: Complete the HCG Application Form
Download the Long Term Care Schemes Guide & Application Form By Agency For Integrated Care (AIC) . Don’t forget to read through the Terms and Conditions , before you fill in your details for the HCG Application.

Step 2: Household Means-testing
Visit the MOH Household Check website to update your household information. If you had previously opted out from sharing your financial information with MOH, you can allow eligibility checks on your financial information on the website too.

Step 3: Undergo a Disability Assessment
Visit a clinic or arrange with your care provider to get a Functional Assessment Report (FAR)* . There might be a cost involved for an assessment.

* If you are also applying for the Interim Disability Assistance Programme for the Elderly (IDAPE) , you do not need to get an FAR. Just visit an IDAPE-approved assessor to obtain an Assessor Statement.

Step 4: Submit your HCG Application Documents to AIC
Check that you have completed and compiled the following:

• HCG application form (Find out more about the Dos and Don’ts of completing your application forms)

FAR(or Assessor Statement)

• A copy of Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) or Court Order, if the care recipient nominates a Donee/ Deputy account to receive the payouts.**

** NOTE: Additional supporting documents are required for patients who lack mental capacity. Send the completed application and documents above to AIC in any of the following ways:

a) Mail to: Agency for Integrated Care Singapore Post Centre Post Office P.O. Box 1173 Singapore 914040
b) Email: [email protected].
c) Submit hardcopy at any AIC Links

After you have submitted your application, AIC will inform you of the outcome via mail to your NRIC registered address. Approved applicants will receive the monthly payout in the nominated bank account.

If your application is approved and your eligibility criteria are continuously met, but you did not receive your payout by the end of the month, please contact AIC at 1800-650-6060.

Change of application details
If you are already receiving HCG and would like to change your details, please download and submit the Change in Application Details Form.

Find Out More About the Home Caregiving Grant

Wish to find out more or have questions about the HCG ? Please call the AIC Hotline at 1800-650-6060, to speak with our Customer Care Officers. Alternatively, you can also visit any of our AIC Links for assistance, where our Care Consultants will be able to provide you with more information.