All About the Seniors’ Mobility and Enabling Fund (SMF)
Growing old is a natural part of life. As we age, things that we used to do easily become more challenging. Despite advances in healthcare, basic tasks such as cooking, cleaning or even going to the bathroom can be difficult. Without help, these daily routines may end up impacting the quality of life for the elderly and those around them.
One way to overcome this is to implement changes to accident-proof the living area. However, making such home improvements can be costly. Fortunately, there is financial support in the form of the Seniors’ Mobility and Enabling Fund (SMF).
What is SMF?
The Seniors’ and Mobility Fund, or SMF, is an assistance scheme for those aged 60 years and above in Singapore. It aims to provide the necessities for mobility to help them live independently.
Established by the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC), it offsets the cost of senior mobility aids such as assisted devices, home healthcare items and specialised transportation services. Seniors who meet the fund criteria will enjoy up to 90% subsidy for such costs or 90% of the maximum device subsidy cap, whichever is lower.
What is Covered?
Certain devices or healthcare items can be used to make Activities of Daily Living (ADL) possible. Here are some examples of some of these items which can be covered under the SMF:
1. Assistive devices
Basic wheelchair or pushchair
Commode or shower chair
Motorised wheelchair or scooter
Pressure relief cushion
Pressure relief mattress
Other special equipment such as suction pumps, transfer boards, or oxygen concentrators
2. Home healthcare items
Catheters and catheter sets
pH indicator test strips
3. Transportation services
Apart from the items listed above, seniors who are receiving care from the following centres funded by Ministry of Health (MOH) can also tap on the subsidies:
Hospice care centres
Who Can Apply?
To qualify for the SMF, applicants must:
Be a Singapore Citizen aged 60 years old and above
Have a total monthly household income of $2,000 per person, or live in a residence with an Annual Value (AV) of $13,000 and below
The application process of the SMF is pretty seamless and uncomplicated. You can easily apply directly to AIC or through your doctor or even home care provider. Simply let them know you would like to apply for the fund. As a professional home caregiver in Singapore, Jaga-Me will also be able to submit the SMF application on your behalf to AIC. With a wide range of medical and non-medical services, our trained caregivers can also lend you a helping hand with services such as daily respite care and home nursing.
Contact us to learn more about the Seniors’ Mobility and Enabling Fund and how we can help you and your elderly loved one today.
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