Updated: 07/14/2014 18:17

Weekend respite care services launched in 7 eldercare centres across Singapore



Weekend respite care services launched in 7 eldercare centres across Singapore

The Agency for Integrated Care has launched a new centre-based respite care programme in seven eldercare centres. 

The programme allows caregivers to drop off their elderly dependants at these centres on weekends, for a few hours. 

It's handy if they need to take a break or run some errands, as most day and senior care centres are usually open only on weekdays. 

Speaking at the official opening of the Silver Circle Senior Care Centre, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong noted that many caregivers experience physical and emotional stress in taking care of the seniors. 

So with this programme, he hopes that caregivers can have peace of mind if they fall ill or if they want to attend peer support or training. 

To benefit more caregivers, Mr Gan says his Ministry will work with the Agency for Integrated Care and providers to expand the programme to at least three more centres over the next year. 

Eligible senior citizens can receive up to 80 per cent funding.

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