Interim Disability Assistance Programme for the Elderly (IDAPE)

The Interim Disability Assistance Programme for the Elderly (IDAPE) is an assistance scheme for a small group of seniors who were not eligible for ElderShield. 

If your loved one develops severe disabilities, you may receive monthly payouts of either $150 or $250 for up to 72 months under the IDAPE scheme. The amount depends on your financial situation. 

There is no restriction on how the payments should be used, as long as they are used for the care of a person with disability.

IDAPE payments can be used to offset: 

  • Home Care 
  • Nursing Procedures 
  • Interim Caregiving fees 
  • Medical bills 
  • Hiring a foreign domestic worker (FDW) as a helper to care for the disabled IDAPE claimant  

The person with disability may nominate himself/herself, a caregiver who is 21 years old and above, or the nursing home that the senior is residing in to receive the IDAPE payouts.


Household monthly income per person*Monthly Cash Benefits
$0 - $2,000$250
$2,001 - $2,800$150

*For household with no income, annual value (AV) of property must be ≤ $13,000

Find out more about existing government grants and subsidies you can get via our Policy Summary Page.

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  • Must be a Singapore Citizen
  • Lives in Singapore
  • Born on or before 30 September 1932; OR Born between 1 October 1932 and 30 September 1962 (both dates inclusive), with pre-existing disabilities as of 30 September 2002.
  • Monthly household income per person should be below $2,800
  • Must not be a policyholder of or made any claims from
    • CareShield Life and/or supplement, or,
    • ElderShield and/or supplement
  • Requires Assistance with Activities of Daily Living
    • Unable to perform three or more of the six Activities of Daily Living, as certified by a MOH-accredited severe disability assessor. 

How to maximise your IDAPE payouts

Homage offers a wide range of interim caregiving solutions, including cancer care, dementia care and end-of-life care so that your loved ones can get access to the care they need in the comfort of their homes. 

You may use the Home Caregiving Grant to purchase professional home care services from Homage. Here’s a list of home care services offered by Homage that are eligible for subsidy: 

Homage services applicable for subsidies

Homage is an official government provider for Interim Caregiver Services in Singapore. You may use MediSave for the following Homage services, under the Home Caregiving Grant scheme: 

Home Care
Assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as eating, bathing, getting dressed, toileting, transferring and continence.

Home Nursing
Our home nursing services range from private nursing, IV drip, wound dressing, NGT feeding, urine bag drainage and more.

Home Therapy
To support your rehabilitation and recovery efforts through personalised exercise and therapy treatment sessions.

Specialised Care
From Dementia Care to Cancer Care, get the most relevant care support in response to your medical condition. 

Maximise your IDAPE payouts by purchasing Homage’s prepaid packages at a discounted rate. With a monthly payout of $150-$250, you may purchase the following services:

  • 10-Hour Prepaid Home Care Package ($220) 
  • 10-Hour Nursing Care Package ($270)
  • Home Therapy Sessions ($180/session) 
  • In-Person Care Assessment ($60/session)

How to apply

Step 1: Get assessed by a severe disability assessor 

Contact a MOH-accredited severe disability assessor to undergo a disability assessment.

The assessor will conduct the disability assessment and collect an assessment fee from you, which will be fully reimbursed to you with the first payout if the care recipient is assessed to be severely disabled.

Assessment fees are $100 if done at an assessor’s clinic and $250 if an assessor visits your home.

If your loved one is residing in a nursing home, the nursing home can help submit a Resident’s Assessment Form in place of the disability assessment. You may approach the nursing home for further assistance.


Step 2: Submit your application 

Login to AIC’s portal with your Singpass and apply via the website. 

If you are unable to submit your application using the system, you may email [email protected] to apply. 

If you are applying on behalf of someone who lacks mental capacity, please read the additional resource on this website.

Step 3: Wait for your application to be processed

AIC may take up to six weeks to process your online application. They will inform you of the outcome in writing by mail.

More useful resources on IDAPE

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A Complete Guide to Interim Disability Assistance Programme for the Elderly (IDAPE)

How does Homage work?

For tele-consultations, download the Homage app and get connected to a doctor right away.

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Speak to a Care Advisor

Call us at 6100 0055 or request a callback from our friendly Care Advisory team. Learn more about our range of services and find out how Homage Care Professionals can help.

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Make a Care Plan together

We will work with you to develop a personalised Care Plan based on your loved one’s health status, care requirements, and additional preferences.

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Together we will match you and your loved ones with an exceptional Care Professional. Stay up to date after every appointment with detailed reports on the Homage app.

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