I am an Interim Disability Assistance Programme for the Elderly (IDAPE) beneficiary but I am reaching the end of the 6-year payout period. Can my payout duration be extended?
IDAPE was introduced as a complementary scheme to ElderShield in 2002, for Singaporeans who could not join the ElderShield scheme then. Similar to the current ElderShield schemes, a payout duration cap was built into the IDAPE scheme.
Singaporeans with severe disability who have finished their IDAPE payouts can continue to tap on means-tested Government subsidies and various Government assistance schemes to complement their personal savings and family support, in meeting their long-term care needs. They can also tap on government disability schemes like Home Caregiving Grant or ElderFund.
Government-funded safety nets such as MediFund and ComCare can provide further assistance to Singaporeans who are unable to pay for their care even after Government subsidies and other means of support.
Singaporeans who have challenges meeting their long-term care needs should approach a medical social worker at their long-term care provider, or the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) for more advice and assistance.
This information provided here is sourced from the MOH website.
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