Nursing Home Respite Care

When a loved one becomes a patient at home, it takes its toll on everyone. Here’s what you need to know about nursing home respite care for you or your home caretaker.

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As a caregiver, it can be easy to forget to take some time out to tend to your physical, mental and emotional needs. However, every caregiver needs a breather from their duties to avoid burnout and run necessary errands. Here’s how respite care services can support those who care for their loved ones by providing a break from their caregiving duties.

About Nursing Home Respite Care Services  

Caregivers who need a break from their duties can seek support from nursing home respite care providers. These providers offer 24/7 care to patients for a fixed period of time and may also be helpful for families who rely on foreign domestic workers to care for their loved ones — especially when their help takes time off to rest and recuperate.

Nursing home respite care providers in Singapore require care recipients to stay for at least seven days or up to 30 days in a calendar year. However, the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) also considers applications on a case-by-case basis and may allow the care recipient to stay for a longer period in cases where caregivers may need the stay to be longer, such as when the caregiver is sick and cannot recover in time.

Services Provided by Nursing Home Respite Care

Aside from lodging and meals, nursing home respite care also provides nursing care and supports care recipients with activities of daily living.

Activities of daily living is a concept of how independent an elderly is and refers to the following activities:
Washing
Feeding
Dressing 
Toileting
Mobility 
Transferring independently

How to Apply for Nursing Home Respite Care for Those Taking Care of Elderly with Dementia

If you or your loved one needs to apply for respite care services, speak to your social worker or case manager.

You can also visit the Singapore Silver Pages for more information and to apply for these services. Some documents you will need when applying for respite care services include:
A medical report (within six months from the date of admission)
Chest X-ray results (within six months from the date of admission)
The applicant's NRIC (photocopy of the front and back of the IC)
Next-of-kin's NRIC (photocopy of the front and back of the IC)
Documents to prove why you need the respite care service (such as the flight details of the main caregiver or helper)

To locate the nearest nursing home respite care service provider, visit the E-care Locator. For more information on respite care services, visit AIC’s SilverPages on nursing home respite care.

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