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Family of Wisdom (FOW) Programme

FOW is a new care model in Singapore which Alzheimer’s Disease Association (ADA) started in September 2013.

 

This weekly three-hour enrichment programme is conducted in a small group setting, where persons with dementia are grouped according to their stage of dementia, spoken language, age and educational profile. Each group size varies and is facilitated by 2 to 3 staff. The session provides a continuum of community care for persons with dementia who have completed sessional therapy outpatient programmes and are discharged for community care.

FOW’s cognitive and physically stimulating activities are designed with a social element to foster greater interaction and promote neurogenesis for persons with dementia. FOW complements a full-day dementia daycare programme with shorter hours.

Objectives of the FOW programme:

  • Improve the well-being of persons with dementia

  • Improve or maintain persons with dementia’s cognitive function

  • Engage persons with dementia and caregivers through social interaction and meaningful activities

  • Provide respite and emotional support for persons with dementia and caregivers

  • Promote mutual self-help amongst caregivers

 


Admission Criteria

  • Persons with dementia must attend with an accompanying caregiver
  • Diagnosis of dementia by a medical doctor (excludes persons diagnosed with MCI)
  • Medical condition(s) must be stable and non-infectious
  • Admissions will be approved on a case-by-case basis

 

 


Locations

 

Family of Wisdom (Bendemeer)

Address: 20 Bendemeer Road #01-02, BS Bendemeer Centre, Singapore 339914
Operating days: Monday to Friday
Operating times: 9.30am to 12.30pm  / 2pm to 5pm
Tel: 6389 5385 / Fax: 62936631
Email: eunice@alz.org.sg

Family of Wisdom (Tiong Bahru)

Address: 298 Tiong Bahru Road #10-05 Central Plaza Singapore 168730
Operating days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Operating times: 9.30am to 12.30pm / 2pm to 5pm
Tel: 6593 6440 / 6593 6442 / Fax: 6273 0996
Email: fow_tb@alz.org.sg

 

 


Admission Process

Potential clients are admitted by referral only, received after he/she has been assessed by Centre Staff at the Centre. The assessment of the potential client will be done either through a one-to-one assessment or through attending a trial session. The Centre Manager will advise the potential client accordingly and the amount payable for assessement / trial session, which can range from $50 to $60 (exclusing GST).

Upon acceptance to the Family of Wisdom, a one-month refundable deposit is required based on the number of sessions the client is attending. This amount will be refunded if/when the service is terminated if there are no outstanding dues. Payment can be either in cash or by cheque, made payable to “Alzheimer’s Disease Association”.

 

 


Service Fees

The service fees charged for each client ranges from $50 to $75 per group session [for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents] or $75 to $100 per session [for non-residents], depending on the client’s stage of dementia, before GST.

For clients who require one-to-one (individual) sessions, it can be arranged subject to availability of staff and space. Charges for individual sessions will be higher than group rates.

Types of Sessions Fees Charged per Session Availability of Types of Sessions
Singaporean / PR Foreigner / Non-Resident FOW (Ben) FOW (TB)
Centre-Based Mild dementia $50 $75 Yes Yes
Moderate dementia $60 $85 Yes Yes
Moderate to severe dementia $75 $100 Yes No
Individual / one-to-one session (two-hours) $100 $125 Yes No
Home-Based Virtual one-to-one session via video call (one-hour) $50 $75 Yes No


Rates quoted above are before GST. All Centre fees charged are subject to 7% GST.

Clients will be charged based on the number of sessions he/she has attended in a month, at the beginning of the next month.


Download the Referral Form for our FOW programme here.

Download the FOW brochure here.