Financial help for buying scooter

There's a government fund to help those who need a motorised scooter for the elderly.

The Senior's Mobility Fund, set up in 2011, is managed by the Agency for Integrated Care. It is designed to help poor seniors aged 60 and above stay mobile.

The fund was expanded from $10 million in 2011 into a $50 million Seniors' Mobility and Enabling Fund in 2013.

It can be used to help buy mobility aids, provide people with dispensable items such as diapers or subsidise transport to places such as elder care centres.

But those who turn to the fund for help may need to pay 10 per cent of the cost. A walking stick might cost only $1.

Those on public assistance can also turn to the Community Development Council for more help with funding.

By last year, more than 6,000 people had tapped the fund. Following the launch of the scheme, several Members of Parliament initiated awareness programmes to let the elderly know about the help at hand.

Senior Minister of State for Law and Education Indranee Rajah, who is also an MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC, launched a programme to provide free motorised scooters for the elderly. They are parked at participating senior activity centres in the constituency.

The fund is available for elderly people living in three-room or smaller flats, or those with a household income less than $1,800. They are eligible for a 90 per cent subsidy on devices that cost $500 or less.

About 40 seniors have signed up so far.