Government-Subsidised HDB Home Renovations for the Elderly (EASE)

Falls are common causes of elderly injuries at home. You can install special tools and aids around your Housing and Development Board (HDB) apartment to help prevent falls. Under the Enhancement for Active Seniors (EASE) programme, the costs of some of the installations will be subsidised by the Government.

The safety aids will enable senior citizens living in HDB apartments in Singapore to move around freely and safely to enable a more independent life.
The safety aids will enable senior citizens living in HDB apartments in Singapore to move around freely and safely to enable a more independent life.

Changes could be simple adjustments or lifestyle changes, or more complicated like the addition of fittings or structural changes.

Simple adjustments could include:

  • Addition of grab bars
  • Use of non-slip mats or application of non-slip treatments on floors of wet and slippery areas, eg bathroom and toilet
  • Removal of rugs and wires on the floor to prevent falls
  • Changing switches to an accessible level, if your care recipient is wheelchair bound
  • Highlighting steps and stairs with fluorescent tape for better visibility at night
  • Relocating your care recipient to a room on the ground floor (if you stay in a multi-storey house)

More complicated changes include:

  • Widening of doorways for easy access into rooms, if your care recipient is wheelchair bound
  • Installation of ramps
  • Removal of walls
Singapore Government subsidies under HDB’s EASE programme.
Singapore Government subsidies under HDB’s EASE programme.

Under HDB’s EASE programme, you will be subsidised for the following:

  • Slip-resistant treatment to floor tiles in up to two bathrooms or toilets
  • Grab bars in the flat (eight or 10 grab bars for the first toilet, and six grab bars for the second toilet)
  • Up to five ramps in the flat, and/or at the main entrance – if it is doable
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