Family of Wisdom (FOW) Programme

FOW is a new care model in Singapore which Dementia Singapore (formerly known as 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 3 to 4 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

 


Location

Family of Wisdom (Bendemeer)

20 Bendemeer Road, #01-02, BS Bendemeer Centre,
Singapore 339914
Monday to Friday: 9.30am–12.30pm / 2pm–5pm
6856 4605 / 6389 5385
6293 6631
eunice.tan@dementia.org.sg

Note: With effect from 1 November 2021, the Family of Wisdom (Tiong Bahru) programme has been discontinued and the Dementia Social Club has been introduced in its place. A new care model, it aims to empower caregivers and persons with dementia, including those with young onset dementia, to make contributions to the Club and the community-at-large.

 


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 assessment / trial session, which can range from $50 to $60 (excluding 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 “Dementia Singapore Ltd“.

 


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
Singaporean / PR Foreigner / Non-Resident
Centre-Based Mild dementia $50 $75
Moderate dementia $60 $85
Moderate to severe dementia $75 $100
Individual / one-to-one session (two-hours) $100 $125
Home-Based Virtual one-to-one session via video call (one-hour) $50 $75
On-site Individual / one-to-one session (two-hours) $100 + $30 transport $125 + $30 transport


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 Information Sheet here.

Refer to our Care Services booklet to have an overview of our services for caregivers, and persons with dementia.

Welcome to Dementia Singapore, formerly known as Alzheimer’s Disease Association (ADA). Learn more about our transition.