Respite Care for Caregivers

Caregivers need periodic rest so their own needs are taken care of. Here’s how you can get respite care for a caregiver you know, with weekend respite care services.


Introduction to Centre-Based Weekend Respite Care

Caring for yourself is one of the most important and often forgotten things you can do as a caregiver. This is where Centre-Based Respite Care services come in.

The service is provided at participating day care centres where healthcare professionals will care for your loved one for a few hours on the weekends. Your loved one can be a senior or an adult with physical and/or mild cognitive needs such as toileting dependence and mild dementia. Knowing your loved one is well-cared for and enjoying the interactions and activities at a centre, you can attend to your needs with peace of mind.

Respite Care Facility Services Provided

The list of Centre-Based Respite Care services include:
Assurance that your loved one takes his or her medication, where and when required 
Assistance with activities of daily living such as eating, toileting and mobility
Exercise and social activities

How to Apply for Respite Care Services

The estimated fee for Centre-Based Respite Care services range from $36 to $70 a day before the patient undergoes a means-test. You may also apply for a government subsidy if your care recipient is eligible.

There are two ways to apply for these services.

Apply Through a Social Worker or Case Manager

If you have a social worker or case manager, you may apply for the Centre-Based Respite Care services through them. You can also consult them for more information on available subsidies.

Apply Directly to a Participating Day Care Centre

You may approach a preferred day care centre below to apply for respite care services. You can also speak to the centre if you have any queries or questions about subsidies.

For direct application, please follow these steps:

Step 1: Choose a preferred day care centre that provides weekend respite care services

You can refer to the E-care Locator for details of each centre, including their address and operating hours. 
​Region ​Area ​Participating Day Care Centres
​Central​Serangoon​NTUC Silver Circle (Serangoon Central)​
NTUC Silver Circle (Ci Yuan)
​​​St Luke’s Eldercare (Nee Soon Central Centre)
​Sembawang​Sunshine Welfare Action Mission (SWAMI) Home
​South​Telok Blangah
​​SASCO Day Activity Centre for the Elderly (DACE)​
​East​Changkat​St Luke’s Eldercare (Changkat Centre)​​​
​Changi​Peacehaven SPICE @ Changi​​
​West​Clementi​SASCO Integrated Eldercare Centre​​
​Hong Kah North
​SASCO Hong Kah North Day Care Centre

Step 2: Complete the application form

Download and fill out the application form here.

Step 3: Prepare the following documents

A copy of the care recipient’s NRIC
A copy of your (the main caregiver’s) NRIC
Latest medical records of the care recipient, such as a hospital discharge summary (if available). The medical records ideally should not be from more than a year ago from the time you submit your application for this service

*Note: A doctor’s referral is not required for the application. However, please check with the day care centre you are applying to for other documents that they may require.

Step 4: Submit the application form and relevant documents at least five working days before the day you wish to use the service

This ensures that the centre has enough time to process your application. You can submit the documents by email, or deliver the documents in person. If you need help in completing the application form, you may also contact the centre for assistance.

Step 5: Prepare for the pre-admission assessment

Upon receiving your application, the centre will contact you to arrange for a pre-admission assessment with both the main caregiver and care recipient. This session will likely be conducted at the centre and will allow the centre to better understand the needs of you and your loved one. 

The centre will also share their considerations and requirements before your loved one is enrolled in their service. 

More Respite Care Services and Support for Caregivers

Read on to learn about other available respite care services and support for caregivers in Singapore.
Support at Home for Seniors with Dementia: trained staff will visit senior recipients’ homes and engage them in mind-stimulating activities. Caregivers can use this opportunity to take a break
Home Personal Care: care professionals will visit the homes of frail and homebound seniors to provide personal care services. Caregivers can use this opportunity to take a break
Home Caregiving Grant: caregivers who are looking to hire a an extra pair of hands to assist them with caregiving can tap on the Home Caregiving Grant (HCG) to help defray the costs of caregiving expenses
Caregiver Support Groups: caregivers can learn useful techniques such as managing their own psychosocial well-being and share their caregiving experiences with other caregivers

Need More Help?

You may access more information on Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) Singapore


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