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Disabled Pioneers to receive S$100 a month from September

Eligible Pioneers can sign up for the scheme starting July 1, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said. Those already claiming through ElderShield, or who benefit through the Interim Disability Assistance Program for Elderly or the Foreign Domestic Worker Grant, will be automatically eligible.

SINGAPORE: Members of the Pioneer Generation with moderate to severe functional disabilities will start receiving S$100 a month from September for the rest of their lives, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Wednesday (June 25).

WHO QUALIFIES FOR PIONEERDAS

To qualify for the Pioneer Generation Disability Assistance Scheme (PioneerDAS), Pioneers must have been assessed to permanently require assistance in at least three out of six Activities of Daily Living: Showering or bathing; dressing; feeding; toileting; transferring from chair to bed or vice versa; and walking or moving on level surface.

Eligible Pioneers may sign up for the scheme starting July 1, MOH said.

Pioneers are automatically eligible if they are already claimants under ElderShield, or are beneficiaries of the Interim Disability Assistance Program for Elderly or the Foreign Domestic Worker Grant, the ministry said, adding that notification letters will be sent to their NRIC-registered address from the end of June to inform them of their inclusion in the scheme.

HOW TO APPLY

Disabled Pioneers who have not been assessed can approach a qualified assessor – any fully-registered doctors under the Singapore Medical Council, registered nurses under the Singapore Nursing Board, or fully-registered physiotherapists and occupational therapists under the Allied Health Professions Council – with the Functional Assessment Report (FAR) to certify their conditions. Bed-bound Pioneers may furnish a copy of a doctor’s note certifying that they are bed-bound permanently in lieu of an assessment done using the FAR.

Disabled Pioneers who are currently receiving Intermediate and Long-Term Care (ILTC) services, such as nursing home, home-based services and centre-based services from a MOH-funded ILTC service provider, may contact their providers if they require assistance with the functional assessment or application for the scheme, the ministry said.

The FAR and a list of clinics that administer the functional assessment can be found at the Singapore Silver Pages website. The FAR and application forms will also be made available at Community Centres and Social Service Offices, MOH added.

Application forms, together with the FAR and supporting documents, can be submitted to the Agency for Integrated Care, which will be administering the scheme, at AICare Hub at 180 Kitchener Road, City Square Mall, #B2-19/20 Singapore 208539.

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