The Fundamentals of Eldercare
The Fundamentals of Eldercare
1-to-1 training at home

Who should attend

Caregivers (Family members or Foreign Domestic Workers) who need to acquire basic caregiving skills for day to day care.

Course overview

This course will equip Caregivers with the basic and essential knowledge and skills to care for the elderly and themselves. Apart from the above, the Caregivers will also learn practical skills on the management of day to day care of the elderly. The course is customizable to cater to specialized care needs such as nasogastric tube feeding, basic wound care, colostomy management, etc.

Caring for the elderly can be stressful hence, this course will also equip Caregivers with the knowledge and practical skills to manage stress and prevent burnout. They will also learn the importance of self-care through proper diet, exercise, rest, etc.

Learning outcome

  • Caregiver will be able to learn and apply relevant skills & knowledge on basic caregiving in the home setting.
  • Caregiver will be able to manage their stress level better after attending this course.

Course duration

  • 2 hours

Mode(s) of training

  • Home based
  • One to One training
  • Demonstration with return demonstration
  • Classes can be conducted in English, Malay.


This course is conducted at the care recipient’s home.

Course Outline
Topic 1: Understanding the Aging Process
Factors affecting the elderly during the aging process
Care needs of the elderly as well as the Caregiver
Care goals for the elderly
Topic 2: Safety and Fall Prevention
Assessing for fall risks and safety issues at home
Fall prevention plans for home setting
Managing a fall at home
Topic 3: Infection Control
Importance of good hygiene and its role in infection control
Types of infection
Infection control measures at home
Hand Hygiene Techniques
Use of Personal Protective Equipment
Proper waste disposal
Topic 4: Mobility Assistance and Transferring Technique
Type of mobility equipment and aids
Safe handling and transfers of clients
Demonstration on transfer techniques
Topic 5: Personal Hygiene and Grooming
Assistance in dressing and undressing a patient
Shower Assistance - Sponging in Bed Assistance
Hair Care - Perineal Care
Foot Care
Topic 6: Oral Care
Benefits of good oral hygiene
Common oral cavity problems and diseases
Oral care needs of the elderly
Topic 7: Skin care and Pressure Ulcer Prevention
Our skin and its role
The ageing skin
Common skin problems and its management
Pressure ulcer prevention and management
Topic 8: Toileting Assistance
Methods of toileting assistance with different aids
Constipation and diarrhea management
Diaper changing technique and skin care
Perineal Care
Managing Urinary Incontinence
Topic 9: Nutrition and Feeding Assistance
Nutrition and Balanced Diet
Safe food Handling and storage
Feeding Assistance
Managing swallowing difficulties
Topic 10: Medication Management
Polypharmacy & its Implications
Common medication errors
Management of medication (Administration, Monitoring for Side Effects and Allergies
Proper storage of Medications
Topic 11: Caregiver Stress Management
Recognizing signs of stress and burnout
Managing stress
Resources available

About the trainer

The training will be done by certified professional nursing staff who have relevant experience in caring for the elderly both in the hospital and home setting.


Course fee
Before AIC Grant
Course fee
After AIC Grant
for CTG
for HCG

*Course fees shown are final and are inclusive of any additional costs.
**Subject to eligibility and the remaining amount of the care recipient’s CTG which is capped at $200 a year.


Caregivers Training Grant (CTG)

The Caregivers Training Grant (CTG) provides families and Caregivers with a subsidy when they apply for training to care for the care recipient at home.

The CTG allows Caregivers to tap on a $200 annual subsidy to attend CTG-approved training courses. This grant is administered by the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC).

The amount of $200 is allocated to each care recipient every financial year (starting from Apr to Mar the following year).

Care Recipient's Nationality
The care recipient must be a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident.
Complete Training
The Caregiver must complete the training course and receive a certificate of attendance if there is one.
Care Recipient's Age and Needs
The care recipient must be aged 65 and older, OR have a disability as assessed by a doctor.
The Caregiver must be the person in charge of caring for the recipient (this can include family members and foreign domestic workers)

Home Caregiving Grant (HCG)

The HCG is a $200 monthly cash payout given to patients who have at least permanent moderate disability, i.e. always require some assistance to perform 3 or more Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).

Each patient is eligible for only 1 HCG, regardless of the number of caregivers the patient has.

You can use the payout to defray caregiving expenses, such as the costs of eldercare and caregiver support services in the community, or hiring of a Foreign Domestic Worker (FDW).

Household Means Test
- Household monthly income per person is $2,800 or less; or
- Annual value of property for household without income is $13,000 or less

Require Permanent Assistance with ADLs
- Always require some assistance with at least 3 of the 6 Activities of Daily Living (ADLs): Feeding, Bathing, Toileting, Dressing, Mobility, Transferring
- Singapore citizen; or
- Permanent resident (with a parent, child or spouse who is a Singapore Citizen).
Lives in Singapore
Not in a residential long-term care institution (e.g. nursing home)


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