Who can apply? What are the criteria to be eligible for admission to our nursing home?
Society for the Aged Sick (SAS) is a nursing home facility that caters primarily to patients who are eligible for Government medical subsidies and require intermediate & long-term care (ILTC). To be eligible for admission to Society for the Aged Sick, the patient must meet the following criteria, as listed by the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC):
- Have physical or mental disabilities because of medical conditions like stroke, dementia and other chronic illnesses.
- Be semi-ambulant, wheelchair- or bed-bound, requiring daily nursing care and assistance in daily living activities such as using the toilet and walking.
- Pass the means-test for long-term care subsidies.
For patients who meet criteria (1) and (2) above and require nursing care, but are not eligible for Government subsidies, please make an appointment with our Medical Social Services Department at 6922 6460 or 6922 6461.
How does a patient know if he/she is eligible for Government subsidies?
A means-test is used to determine the amount of subsidies a person needing care is eligible for. Those from lower income households will be granted higher subsidies under MOH’s means-testing framework. Patients can take a means-test at all public hospitals, polyclinics or community centres. For more information on the subsidy framework, eligibility criteria and means-testing, please visit MOH’s website.
How are the application and admission processes like?
Admission is based firstly on eligibility, followed by a site assessment to ensure that our nursing home can care for the patient. After which, a pre-admission counselling will be arranged. Once the admission agreement form is signed, we will inform the hospital to arrange for the transfer when the patient is medically fit for discharge. Co-operation from the family in meeting the necessary requirements, such as responding to interview appointment and preparing documents for verification, is also critical to the process.
How do patients spend their time in the home? What are some programmes to keep them engaged?
Improving the quality of life for our patients is of utmost importance. Besides nursing care, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, medical care, dental care and dietary services to meet the physiological needs of our residents, we also have a dedicated Inter-disciplinary team to deliver programmes that are specifically designed to meet the psycho-social needs of residents.
With the help of our dedicated team of volunteers, we were able to provide entertainment, befriending and conduct outings to places of interest for our patients.