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Enhancement for Active Seniors (EASE)

The EASE programme is part of the Home Improvement Programme (HIP), offered from July 2012. It is also offered separately under EASE (Direct Application). Improvement items installed in your flat through EASE can make it more elder-friendly, and improve mobility and comfort for elderly residents.

Read on for more details on the benefits of EASE, the eligibility criteria, and the application procedure.

EASE (Direct Application)

If you wish to get your flat improvements earlier without having to wait for the Home Improvement Programme (HIP), or if your block did not qualify for HIP, you can choose to opt for EASE (Direct Application).

EASE (Direct Application) was rolled out to all towns in March 2013. As of 1 August 2014, the age criterion has been lowered to allow more seniors to benefit. The EASE package has also been expanded to cover the improvement items to the second toilet.

Eligibility conditions

If you are a Singapore Citizen (SC) with an elderly member in the household, the following information details the conditions that qualify you for EASE.

Qualifying conditions for EASE

SC flat owners qualify for EASE if:

  •  An elderly member in the household is 65 years old and above
  •  An elderly member in the household aged between 60 and 64 years requires assistance for one or more of the Activities of Daily Living (ADL)*

* ADL refers to daily self-care activities within an individual's place of residence. These activities include washing/ bathing, dressing, feeding, toileting, mobility, and transferring.

EASE improvements

There are 3 improvement items in the EASE package. You can choose to have the individual items or the full package installed.

Improvement items

EASE Improvements  
Slip-resistant treatment to existing floor tiles of up to 2 bathrooms/ toilets EASEslip
8 or 10 grab bars for first toilet and within flat, and 6 grab bars for second toilet* EASEGrabBar
Up to 5 ramps within flat to negotiate one level difference in the flat and/ or at single-step main entrance* EASERamp

* Where technically feasible.

Subsidised cost

EASE is a highly subsidised programme. You pay only a small fraction of the cost. Depending on your flat type, the subsidy can cover up to 95% of the total cost.

Estimated subsidy according to flat type

The total cost for having all 3 improvement items in a flat is estimated at $2,500.
With the subsidy, what you pay will range only from $125 to $312.50, as shown here:

  Singapore Citizen Households
Flat type 1-/ 2-/ 3-Room 4-Room 5-Room Executive
You pay $125 (5%) $187.50 (7.5%) $250 (10%) $312.50 (12.5%)
Government pays $2,375 (95%) $2,312.50 (92.5%) $2,250 (90%) $2,187.50 (87.5%)

Note:

  • All amounts are estimates only. Final amounts will be made known to you before commencement of the EASE improvement works
  • The amount payable is subject to prevailing Goods and Services Tax (GST). It is payable in cash to the term contractors upon works completion for EASE (Direct Application)

Use our e-calculator  to compute the amount payable for your selected EASE improvements. Simply choose ‘EASE (Direct Application)’ under the selection type before indicating your flat type and the EASE improvements you wish to have.

If you are one of the elderly residents staying at rental blocks, your EASE improvement items will be fully funded by the Government.

Submit your application

There are 3 ways to submit your application:

You are required to submit a Functional Assessment Report (PDF, 407KB) if you are a Singapore Citizen flat owner with at least one member in the household aged between 60 and 64 years who requires assistance for one or more of the Activities of Daily Living (ADL).

The Functional Assessment Report for the elderly aged between 60 and 64 years old must be endorsed by a qualified assessor such as a Singapore Medical Council fully registered doctor, and must be submitted together with your application form.

Toll-free hotline

If you have additional questions concerning EASE (Direct Application), you can call our toll-free hotline at 1800-933-2990 from 8:00am to 5:00pm on weekdays (excluding Public Holidays).

You may also refer to the EASE leaflet which contains important information that you need to know for direct application for EASE. You can also view or download a copy of the EASE leaflet (PDF, 586KB).

Video clips on the EASE improvement items and procedures are also available for your viewing.

FAQ

Find the answers to frequently asked questions about the EASE programme.

Q1: What improvement items are offered under the enhanced EASE package?

A1: Under the enhanced EASE package, the improvement items offered are:

  • Slip-resistant treatment to floor tiles of 2 bathrooms/ toilets*
  • 8 or 10 grab bars for first toilet and 6 grab bars for second toilet*
  • Up to 5 ramps to negotiate level difference within the flat and/ or at single-step main entrance*

*Where technically feasible.

 

Q2: Why is there an age criterion for ad hoc requests for EASE? Would the families that do not have any elderly member but have a disabled younger member be eligible for EASE?

A2: 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 members but consist of other younger members who require EASE improvement items may apply for EASE (Direct Application) at the HDB Branches. These applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

 

Q3: Can I apply for the enhanced package if I have previously applied once for EASE (Direct Application) and the improvement items have been installed in the flat?

A3: You can apply for the improvement items for the second toilet based on the enhanced policy, i.e. slip-resistant treatment to second toilet and 6 grab bars for second toilet.

 

Q4: I have installed the improvement items under HIP with EASE. Can I apply for the enhanced EASE package under EASE (Direct Application)?

A4: You can apply for EASE (Direct Application) if you meet the following criteria:

  • Singapore Citizen (SC) flat owner with an elderly member in the household aged 65 years old and above
  • SC flat owner with at least one member in the household aged between 60-64 years old who requires assistance for one or more of the Activities of Daily Living (ADL)*

*ADL refers to daily self-care activities within an individual's place of residence. These activities include washing/ bathing, dressing, feeding, toileting, mobility and transferring.

 

Q5: Can the residents have other/ more elderly-friendly items done in their flats?

A5: You can make private arrangements with the HIP/ EASE contractor to carry out additional works. However, items beyond EASE are not subsidised.

 

Q6: For ad hoc requests, how long will it take between application for EASE and commencement of work?

A6: It will take about 3-4 weeks between successful application and commencement of works. This will depend largely on the volume of requests received. If demand is high, we will manage the situation and keep you updated. We will give priority to elderly and vulnerable residents who need the EASE items urgently (e.g. those with mobility issues).

 

Q7: How long will the EASE works take?

A7: Usually, it takes about a day to complete the installation of a full set of EASE improvement works.