We have also included some resource materials and useful website links below to support you in your caregiving journey.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE
关护者指南 ~ 关怀之路绝不孤独

Published in 2004 by TOUCH Caregivers Support, this Caregivers Guide provide caregiving tips for the elderly, disabled and children with special needs, and available services for caregivers in Singapore then.


ELDERCARE LOCATOR
Find out about the various eldercare services in Singapore and shortlist specific services in your neighbourhood.


AIC GUIDES AND PUBLICATIONS FOR CAREGIVERS
The Agency for Integrated Care has published several useful guides and publications for caregivers. Examples of such publications include “A Caregiver's Guide to Avoid Burnout”, “Body Mechanics: Positioning, Moving and Transfers”, “Living with Dementia, Together with you” and “Choosing Intermediate and Long-Term Care Services”.


FINANCIAL / INSURANCE SCHEMES
There are some financial and insurance schemes available for the frail elderly and their caregivers to help defray some of the cost of caring for an elderly who is chronically ill or disabled.

  Caregivers Training Grant (by Agency for Integrated Care)
A $200 grant is available to caregivers to undergo caregiver training. To qualify for this grant, the elderly care recipient must be a Singaporean or Permanent Resident AND is frail /disabled.


Eldershield (by Ministry of Health)
Eldershield is an insurance scheme designed to help cover expenses incurred in the event of severe disability. Premiums can be paid from an individual's Medisave accounts.

Interim Disability Assistance Programme for the Elderly or IDAPE (by Ministry of Health)
IDAPE is a government assistance scheme that provides financial help to needy Singaporeans who are severely disabled elderly but are not eligible for ElderShield because of their age or pre-existing disabilities.

Community Health Assist Scheme (by Ministry of Health)
This scheme allows the needy elderly to consult a private general practitioner near their residence for common outpatient medical services at polyclinic charges.

Foreign Domestic Worker (FDW) Levy Concession (by Ministry of Manpower)
A FDW levy of $120 (normal $265) is payable every month for families employing full-time caregivers to care for an elderly aged 65 years old and above. This levy concession is also extended to those who care for persons with disability needing assistance in performing activities of daily living like washing/bathing, feeding, toileting, transferring, dressing and mobility.

Foreign Domestic Worker Grant (by Agency for Integrated Care)
The Foreign Domestic Worker Grant is a monthly grant of $120 given by the Ministry of Health to support families who employ a foreign domestic worker to care for their frail elderly or persons with disabilities. To qualify for the subsidy, the care recipient must have at least moderate disabilities.

Senior’s Mobility Fund (by Agency for Integrated Care)
The Senior's Mobility Fund seeks to assist the elderly in getting basic mobility devices to achieve greater independence. With these mobility devices, the elderly can move around and perform activities of daily living with greater ease.


RESEARCH RELATED TO CAREGIVING
Click on this website to find out more about policies, survey findings and caregiver trends in Singapore.

  Family Caregiving for Older Persons in Singapore
(by Prof. Kalyani K.Mehta, Dept of Social Work, National University of Singapore)
Profiles local caregivers and their experiences in caring for a family member who may be sick, disabled or a frail aged. Learn more about coping strategies, rewards and satisfaction of caregivers.

Caregiving for Older Persons in Singapore: Trends, Issues and Policies
(by Associate Professor Kalyani K. Mehta, Department of Social Work, National University of Singapore)
Highlights include characteristics of typical caregivers in Singapore common issues faced, issues commonly faced by them and suggestions on how policies could be refined to support these caregivers

Building Resilience of Family Caregivers
(by Allison Rowlands, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Work, National University of Singapore)
An overview of the different issues that caregivers in Singapore experience, as well as appropriate intervention available.



OTHER USEFUL LINKS
Click below to find out about other caregiving-related services offered by government agencies.
 
Agency for Integrated Care

Alzheimer's Disease Association

SG Enable

Health Promotion Board

Ministry of Social and Family Development

Ministry of Health

National Council of Social Service

 
 
 
CAREGIVING ISSUES ON YOUTUBE

Click on Video Titles below to catch video footages showing lectures, documentaries and real life caregiving in action.

Video title 1: Care for the Caregiver
23m 05s
Ms Sandra Martin, a project coordinator and research specialist from the Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH), shares and explains on the MIMH Continuing Education Television, a multidimensional model of assessment that caregivers can utilise to improve their self awareness and performance as providers of care.

Video title 2: Caregiving - A Healthy Action Minute
1m 07s
Dr Josh Kaplow, a Psychologist from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, gives tips on what a caregiver can do to stay well while caring for someone else in this short video from Healthy Habits Action Minute.

Video title 3: Keep a job while caring for Elderly Relative
3m 47s
Good Morning America interviews Tory Johnson, CEO of Women for Hire, who shares the benefits of working while being a caregiver and how to balance work and caregiving. Women for Hire is the first company in America providing recruitment services for women.


 



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