Enhancement for Active Seniors
EASE, or Enhancement for Active SEniors, aims to improve the safety and comfort of senior citizens living in HDB flats.
With EASE, there is flexibility to customise the combination of improvements and pay only for what you choose. The following in-flat improvements will be provided under EASE:
*Where technically feasible
About $260 million has been set aside to subsidise this EASE programme. With Government subsidies of up to 95 percent, Singapore Citizens (SC) households need only to pay a small portion of the cost.
For rental units, the EASE improvement items will be fully funded by the Government.
For more information on EASE, click here.
|Flat type||1/2/3 Room||4 Room||5 Room||Executive|
|Cost of EASE per flat||$2,000|
|Government Pays||$1,900 (95%)||$1,850 (92.5%)||$1,800 (90%)||$1,750 (87.5%)|
|Resident Pays||$100 (5%)||$150 (7.5%)||$200 (10%)||$250 (12.5%)|
(Activities of Daily Living (ADL) is a healthcare term used to refer to daily self-care activities within an individual's place of residence. These activities include washing, dressing, feeding, toileting, mobility and transferring.)
HDB will start accepting the direct applications from 1 July 2012 in the following two mature towns:
1Kallang-Whampoa comprises estates in Whampoa, Kampong Java, Bendemeer, Geylang Bahru, Upper Boon Keng and North Bridge Rd; Bukit Merah comprises estates in Alexandra/ Redhill/ Henderson, Bukit Ho Swee, Tiong Bahru, Telok Blangah/ Depot Road, Telok Blangah/ Bukit Purmei and Spottiswooode Park/ Everton Park.
Interested applicants can find out more via the following channels:
Yes. The slip-resistant treatment for floor tiles is limited to one bathroom/toilet per flat. Grab bars will be provided to one bathroom/toilet and at thresholds with kerbs or changes in level. The total number of grab bars may range from eight to 10, depending on the flat type. Where technically feasible, ramps will be provided at the main entrance and/or at the threshold between the kitchen and the living room. We will continue to monitor the outcome of the Marine Parade pilot project to fine tune the programme.
The age criterion is necessary to ensure that elderly households that will benefit the most from the improvements will be given priority. Families without elderly member but other younger member who require EASE improvement items may apply for EASE at the HDB Branches. Their applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Residents may wish to make a private arrangement with the HIP/EASE contractor to carry out additional works. However, items beyond EASE are not subsidised.
Normally, it will take about a day to complete the installation of full set of EASE improvement works.
The improvements in EASE were conceptualised based on the learning points from the Marine Parade Pilot and in consultation with healthcare professionals such as occupational therapists. Each improvement is offered on a ‘supply-and-install’ basis. Furthermore, all appointed EASE contractors will be briefed thoroughly to ensure that the items are installed properly to meet the needs of the elderly. As such, HDB is unable to reimburse residents for the improvements which they have carried out by themselves during their recent renovation.
Yes, EASE direct applications will be piloted in Bukit Merah and Kallang/Whampoa Towns. Before extending it to other towns, HDB needs to ensure smooth implementation and look into the feedback gathered from residents first. Nonetheless, if their blocks are announced for HIP, EASE will be offered to them.