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Introduction to Nursing Homes

A nursing home is for the long term. Choose one carefully as the senior will be uprooting from his home and moving into a new place.

Related: Nursing Home Respite Care

Services Provided

A nursing home provides the following services:

  • Nursing Care
  • Help With Activities Of Daily Living. This includes going to the toilet, showering and eating.

Related: Centre-Based Care And Home Care Guidelines to Provide Better Care for Seniors

How to Apply

An elderly person applying to stay in a nursing home must:

  • Be physically or mentally disabled because of illness.
  • Be semi-mobile, use a wheelchair or is bedbound, and needs daily care and help with activities like going to the toilet or walking.
  • Have tried all other care options, such as hiring a domestic worker, or using day care, home care and other services.
  • Be unable to be cared for at home by family or service providers.
  • Pass means-test for long-term subsidies.

The basic cost varies between $2,000 and $3,600 a month to stay in a nursing home (before MOH subsidy), depending on the level of care required. Additional charges include one-time refundable deposit and administrative charges. Other charges which are not covered by the basic cost may apply.

If you need more information or want help paying for the service, please speak to your service provider or the Medical Social Worker.

You can find nursing homes using the E-care Locator.

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