Respite Care

As a caregiver, there are times when you may need a temporary break due to the need for medical treatment or simply seeking relief from prolonged caregiving.

The Nursing Home Respite Care programme offers short-term relief for caregivers to address the disruption in their caregiving role while your loved one is cared for in a selected nursing home. The minimum period of stay is 7 days and the maximum period of stay is 30 days per calendar year (inclusive of admission and discharge dates).

To apply for the programme, referrals must be channelled from the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC). For more information, please visit the Eldercare Services in the Singapore Silver Pages website.

As part of the eligibility criteria, the care recipient must:

  • be semi-mobile, wheelchair-bound or bed-bound

  • need daily nursing care and/or help in Activities of Daily Living such as feeding, toileting and transferring

  • have physical or mental disabilities because of medical conditions such as stroke, dementia and other chronic diseases

  • have a discharge care plan after the period of respite care

  • pass means-testing


Admission Guide

Admission to any Ren Ci Respite Care is strictly by referral through the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC), a centralised government agency that monitors the availability of beds across all ILTC (Intermediate and Long Term Care) facilities in Singapore. The AIC helps families look for suitable care options in Singapore. To apply for admission, you will need to consult a social worker at the hospital or polyclinic, and they would assist you in submitting an application to AIC. Please note that a copy of the total household income (where the applicant is registered under) and identification are required for the application.

Additional Info on Respite Care: Requests for extension will be evaluated by AIC on a case-by-case basis. An example of an extension request is when the primary caregiver, who is seeking medical treatment, is unable to recover in time.

Please click Agency for Integrated Care to read more about the various types of eldercare services available.

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