We thank Mr. Lim Soon Teck for his feedback (Relook maid levy concessions, 24 August).
Many seniors in Singapore want to get older in the comfort of their home and in a familiar environment.
The foreign household worker (FDW) population in Singapore has grown by about 40 percent in the last 10 years to 240,000 in 2017.
This is not sustainable.
To better support our seniors, the government strengthens home and community care, including home nursing and home nursing, to meet those who are vulnerable and at home.
Between 2016 and 2020, the Ministry of Health aims to increase the capacity of day and home care services by 40 percent.
There is also a range of schemes to support home care, including FDW tax concessions.
Mr. Lim had suggested that eligible households may rent two FDWs on concessional levy to ensure for each frail older person the well-being of FDW's who are caregivers.
Families can already rent two FDWs if they deem it necessary. To be fair to all employers whose needs vary, each eligible care recipient can apply for an FDW for a concessional fee.
To ensure that caregivers, including FDWs, have sufficient rest, families can access respite care at retirement centers and nursing homes for a period of several hours to a month. With these services caution can be exercised when FDW & # 39; s have their rest days or with leave to go home.
We will continue to evaluate and improve the range of home-based support measures to meet the needs of seniors and their healthcare providers.
Members of the public with information about welfare issues from FDW & # 39; s can register with [email protected] or call the Manpower Department at 6438-5122.
Caryn Lim (Ms)
Director, Foreign Manpower Unit
ministry of manpower
Lim Siok Peng (Ms)
Director, Corporate Communications department
Ministry of Health