Disabled people from needy families to pay less at day centres
Adult day activity centres and disability homes to receive more funding: MSF
People with disabilities from lower income families will pay less for services at adult day activity centres from October, as part of plans to improve their quality of life and services received.
Adult day activity centres and disability homes will also receive more funding, meant to raise the standards of care and services, the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) announced yesterday.
These moves come about a week after MSF unveiled a slew of recommendations put forth by two work groups under the Third Enabling Masterplan to improve the lives of people with disabilities.
MSF said from Oct 1, a fee cap will be introduced for day activity centre clients with gross per capita household income of $2,800 a month or less.
Over 500 of more than 1,300 existing clients, who currently pay between $106 and $754 monthly, will see their fees reduced. The reductions range from 6 per cent to 81 per cent depending on income tier, and this means the new fees will be from $20 to $710.
There are some clients in the lower income tiers who are already paying a nominal fee that is below the fee cap due to their financial situation.
MSF said it will continue to work with the day activity centres to extend additional financial support to families that may require more help, such as those with multiple family members requiring centre services.
The ministry said it would invest an additional $3 million a year to enhance the services at the 31 day activity centres, an increase of more than 20 per cent from current annual funding.
This is also to enable the centres to hire more care staff to improve the quality of daycare and skills training for adults with disabilities.
MSF is investing an additional $6 million on average a year in adult disability homes as well, an increase of more than 25 per cent from current annual funding.
Adult disability homes provide long-term residential care and short-term respite care to adults with disabilities who have no alternative accommodation.
MSF will introduce a new tiered funding model that will see increased resources for the more than 900 residents in the 10 homes here.
The ministry has also rolled out a new three-year disability case management pilot with the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore since April 1.
The pilot aims to support up to 100 people with disabilities who have high support needs - including those with moderate to severe intellectual disability or autism - and their caregivers.