Caregivers of persons living with dementia face unique challenges. Dementia progression can take several years and the caregiving needs vary as their loved ones transit through the stages of dementia. The good news is, no one caregiver is alone. There are several initiatives in Singapore to help support caregivers, specifically those caring for loved ones living with dementia. Read on to learn more about them!
Services for Caregivers
Caregiver Support Groups (CSGs) offer a private and safe environment for caregivers to share their thoughts, challenges and learnings with one another as they go through similar experiences. Such insights allow caregivers to share their knowledge through practical caregiving and self-care tips.
CSGs also help caregivers understand that they are not alone in their caregiving journey allowing the group to emotionally support each other.
Caregiver Support Groups exist in hospitals, in the community, and even online. One can speak to a social worker or ask fellow caregivers to learn more about support groups for caregivers and loved ones living with dementia.
The following is a comprehensive list of support groups one can explore:
Dementia Support Group sessions at KTPH are free and open to all. The group meets on the last Saturday of odd months, from 1pm to 3pm.
Tel.: 6555 8000
Dementia Support Group sessions at NNI are organised by CARe (Cognitive Assessment & Rehabilitation) team. It is intended for NNI patients living with young-onset or atypical dementia and their caregivers. The sessions are conducted on Wednesday mornings and Thursday afternoons.
Tel.: 9656 8078
Caregiver Support Groups run by DSG are available in English, Mandarin and Malay. English groups are conducted at various locations on weekdays and Saturdays, while Mandarin groups are also available on Saturdays. Support Groups are strictly for family caregivers looking after for persons living with dementia.
Support Groups are available to graduates of the caregivers-to-caregivers training programme.
Tel.: 6460 4400
Support Groups at CWA are open to all family caregivers, and are conducted two times a month, around specific themes.
Tel.: 6466 7957 / 6466 7996/ 6734 2991
Support Groups at Club Heal are offered on the first Fridays of the month at the three Mental Wellness Centres located in different areas.
Tel.: 6899 3463
Email to register: email@example.com
Organises Caregivers’ Cove Conversations where caregivers come together to share and learn common dementia related concerns.
Many private community groups are active on social media sites like Facebook.
These groups can take the form of:
• Online support groups wherein caregivers interact with fellow caregivers (e.g., Dementia-Friendly Singapore Facebook, TOUCH Caregivers Support Facebook)
• Interest groups in which caregivers and the interested public join to acquire relevant information
• Community Networking Projects (e.g., Project We Forgot Community Network)
The Caregiver Support Network (CSN) was formed as part of efforts under the Dementia-Friendly Singapore (DFSG) initiative to support and connect with caregivers taking care of persons living with dementia, and to address mental health or physical health conditions amongst caregivers. The goal of CSN is to empower caregivers through Peer Support Network focusing on self-care, mindset change and recognition.
The table below lists the Caregiver Support Networks offered by different service providers across Singapore. To make an enquiry about a CSN in a particular region, please call them at their corresponding contact numbers included in the table. To find out more about CSNs, you may contact Agency for Integrated Care at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bedok: GoodLife! @ Bedok by Montfort Care (Tel.: 6312 3988)
Dementia Singapore also provides helpline counselling services for caregivers looking after persons living with dementia. Be assured that all information is kept strictly private and confidential.
If you are caring for a loved one with dementia and require help or assistance on what is suitable for you, call the Dementia Helpline at 6377 0700 or send an online enquiry.
The Dementia Helpline is open:
Mon to Fri: 9am to 6pm
Sat: 9am to 1pm
(Closed on Sundays & public holidays)
Designed by the Agency for Integrated Care, this toolkit offers a step-by-step guide to empower individuals in setting up a Caregiver Support Network that emphasises self-care, peer support and recognising caregivers’ well-being in the community.