Seniors' Mobility and Enabling Fund
Seniors' Mobility and Enabling Fund (SMF)
The Seniors’ Mobility and Enabling Fund (SMF) provides subsidies to Singapore seniors who require assistive devices or home healthcare items to help them live better in the community.
The SMF can be used for items that help an elderly person move around. This includes a walking stick, wheelchair, pushchair, commode, pressure relief cushions, and hospital bed. You may also use the SMF for items such as spectacles and hearing aids.
Home Healthcare Items
Seniors supported by home care services like Homage can get access to subsidies for home healthcare items, such as the cost of catheters, milk supplements, thickeners, adult diapers, nasal tubings and wound dressings.
You may order these subsidised items via the Vertis online shop.
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Eligible seniors who meet the criteria for the SMF can receive subsidies for assistive devices or home healthcare items to help them age in place with more ease — physically and financially.
The exact amount of subsidy you will receive depends on the outcome of your means-testing assessment, but in general, you will receive up to 90% subsidy for the cost of the mobility aid or 90% of the maximum device subsidy cap, depending on which is lower.
Seniors who are supported by the SMF need to take note that repeat applications for the same device category are not allowed. Reimbursement for any purchase made prior to the approved application is also prohibited.
The types of assistive devices covered by SMF subsidies include
- Basic wheelchair/pushchair
- Commode/shower chair
- Geriatric chair
- Hearing aids
- Hospital bed
- Motorised wheelchair/scooter
- Pressure relief cushion
- Pressure relief mattress
- Walking aids
- Other special equipment like suction pumps, transfer boards, or oxygen concentrator
Home Healthcare Items
Elderly persons in Singapore who choose to stay at home instead of a nursing home or can receive subsidies for various home healthcare items and services that will allow them to age in place comfortably and conveniently.
The types of home healthcare items that SMF subsidies can cover include:
- Adult diapers
- Catheters and catheter sets
- Milk feeds
- Nasal tubing
- Nasogastric tubes
- pH indicator test strips
- Wound dressings
Find out more about existing government grants and subsidies you can get via our Policy Summary Page.
If you are a needy Singaporean aged 60 years and above, you can apply for the Senior Mobility Fund. You will need to go through the following process:
- Go through a financial assessment. To be eligible for the grant, your monthly household income per person should be $2,000 and below. For households with no income, your Annual Value (AV) of residence should be below $13,000
- Go through a clinical needs assessment to find out the types of mobility aids suitable for you before the assessor prescribe the devices
- Pass the means-testing under the Ministry of Health’s SMF Assistive Device or Consumables Subsidy framework
How to use the Senior Mobility Enabling Fund
You may use SMF subsidies to defray the cost of Home Care and Home Nursing services at Homage.
For example, if your loved one requires professional help for wound care and dressing, you may engage a nurse from Homage to conduct the nursing procedure for your loved one. Should you require home healthcare items such as wound dressings, gauze, iodine solutions or disinfectant sprays, you may get them at a subsidised rate (up to 90% subsidy) for the items that you need.
Should our Care Professionals recommend assistive devices such as a wheelchair, hospital bed, or commode that will help with your loved one’s recovery, you may get these too at a heavily subsidised rate if your loved one qualifies for the Senior Mobility Fund.
How to apply
If you have upcoming appointments with any hospitals, senior care centres, day rehabilitation centres or any Active Aging Centres, the best way is for you to approach them for assistance as they are familiar with your medical history. They may go on to conduct an assessment and order the device for you once the application is approved.
- Completed application form
- Copy of Applicant’s NRIC (front and back) or image copy of Digital NRIC through SingPass mobile app
- Medical reports, if applicable (e.g. Discharge summary, doctor’s memo describing applicant’s medical condition)
- Financial assistance documents, if applicable (e.g. Public Assistance Card, Medifund, MSF ComCare Short-to-Medium Term Assistance or Medical Fee Exemption Card )
- Copies of financial assistance documents, if available (e.g. Public Assistance Card, Medifund, Medical Fee Exemption Card or MSF ComCare Short-to-Medium Term Assistance)
You can mail the form to AIC at the following address:
Seniors’ Mobility and Enabling Fund (SMF)
No. 7 Maxwell Road #04-01
MND Complex Annex B
You may contact AIC for referral if you are not known to any hospitals or care providers.
More useful resources on SMF
A Guide to Seniors’ Mobility and Enabling Fund (SMF) in Singapore
Financial Assistance Schemes for the Elderly
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