Thursday, 30 November 2017

More help for mentally incapacitated elderly with no family support

Seniors who have lost their mental capacity and lack family support will have the option of turning to Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs) to make important decisions for them under a new Government initiative to be launched in early 2018, was announced by the Minister for Social and Family Development Desmond Lee.

The scheme, called Community Kin Service, will allow VWOs to apply for a court order to manage a fixed sum of their clients’ finances. The court will require a doctor to certify that the client is mentally incapable of making financial-related decisions.

The VWOs will also be granted the right to administer payment to service providers for their charges’ personal, healthcare and household needs.


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