In Singapore, persons at risk or living with dementia can be supported by an integrated mental health network that aims to help them live well in the community. This support also extends to their caregivers.
The network brings together health, social, and community care providers who serve persons with mental health conditions and their families. Learn how a caregiver is being supported by this network:
In 2012, the CARITAS Network (then known as “TC-iCommunity@North” integrated network), comprising Community Outreach Teams (CREST) and Community Intervention Teams (COMIT) and the dementia multi-disciplinary team of Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) was piloted to provide person-centred care to the community, clients and their caregivers in the north. Today, it has expanded to include other partners, e.g. primary care providers, dementia day care partners and grassroots organisations, so that there is a continuum of care for their clients and caregivers.
Beyond building and integrating care services, a Dementia-Friendly Community is also set up in Yishun to build an inclusive environment where persons living with dementia and their caregivers will be able to get help and support, thus reducing caregiver stress and fatigue. Persons living with dementia can feel respected, valued, and confident with help within easy reach, and are able to continue to lead independent lives at home and in the community.
Both the CARITAS network and the Yishun Dementia-Friendly Community come together to provide integrated care and local community support for persons living with dementia and their caregivers.