​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Introduction to Seniors Mobility and Enabling Fund

The Seniors Mobility and Enabling Fund (SMF) provides holistic support for seniors to age in place within the community by extending subsidies to Singaporean seniors:

  • ​Requiring mobility and assistive devices for daily independent living and to remain ambulant in the community​

  • Receiving government funded home care and care within the community, needing home healthcare items for their care

SMF Subsidies Available

To support ageing in place, if your elderly who lives at home and needs subsidies for assistive devices or home healthcare items, you can apply for the following SMF subsidies:

Assistive Devices

This refers to items that help an elderly person move around, such as walking stick, wheelchair and pushchair. It also includes things that an elderly person may need at home, such as commode, pressure relief cushion and hospital bed as well as spectacles and hearing aids.

Please note that SMF subsidies are provided through the application only, reimbursement for any purchase prior to an approved application is strictly not allowed.

Application for each device category is only once per lifetime. Repeat application for the same device category is not allowed.

Home Healthcare Items

Frail seniors who can stay in nursing homes but choose to stay at home and be supported by home healthcare services in their community can get subsidies for the cost of catheters, milk supplements, thickeners, adult diapers, nasal tubing and wound dressings.

If you are a needy Singaporean aged 60 years and above, you can apply. You need to go through a financial assessment.

You also need to go for a clinical needs assessment to find out the types of mobility aids suitable for you before the assessor prescribe the devices.

You must not have made a previous claim under SMF for the same type of device.

You must pass means-test under Ministry of Healths Intermediate and Long Term Care (ILTC) non-residential framework. Your household monthly income per person of $2,000 and below OR Annual Value (AV) of residence reflected on NRIC of $13,000 and below for households with no income.

If you are currently undergoing therapy sessions with fully registered therapists, from hospitals or day rehabilitation centre, you may approach them for an assessment. If you are eligible for a mobility device, your therapist can submit an application to AIC. The institution/therapists may go on to order the device if the application is approved by AIC.

You can also contact AIC directly to apply.

What is the funding amount?

You will get up to 90% subsidy for the cost of the mobility aid or 90% of the maximum device subsidy cap, whichever is lower.

You can use SMF subsidies for the following types of devices:

• Walking aids 

• Basic wheelchair / pushchair 

• Motorised wheelchair / scooter 

• Pressure relief cushion 

• Pressure relief mattress 

• Commode / shower chair 

• Geriatric chair 

• Hospital bed 

• Special equipment such as oxygen concentrator, suction pump or transfer board 

• Spectacles 

• Hearing aids

You can use SMF subsidies for the following types of home healthcare items:

• Adult diapers 

• Catheters and catheter set 

• Milk feeds 

• Nasal tubing 

• Nasogastric tubes and pH indication test strips 

• Thickeners 

• Wound dressings


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