Caregivers don’t just give their help only. They also do need their share of help and support during tough times. As family members of caregivers, we should look out for ways where we can reduce the workload or offer help if they need it. If there are resources that can facilitate them in their caregiving duties, we should do our best to provide them with such resources. There are many ways that we can help caregivers. We can support them financially and emotionally. Caregivers also do not have to carry the burden of caregiving responsibility on their own. They can divide and allocate some of the duties to external sources such as daycare(s) or special arrangements such as regular or occasional house visits.
In terms of financial aid, caregivers can save money by relying on subsidies and cash payouts given by the government and related organizations such as AIC, SG Enable or HDB. Some grants that you should be aware of include
- Caregivers Training Grant (CTG)
Provides subsidies ($200 per care recipient) to help reduce the financial burdens of caregivers when they attend training. These caregiving courses can help caregivers in caring for their elderly with relevant skills and knowledge.
- Home Caregiving Grant (HCG)
Supports caregivers with their expenses through a monthly cash payout of $200. This grant provides financial relief if they need to spend money on eldercare support services including hiring a domestic helper.
- Enhancement for Active Seniors (EASE)
Provides subsidies for home modifications to make homes more elderly friendly and prevent falls among the elderly such as grab bars and ramps.
- Seniors’ Mobility and Enabling Fund (SMF)
Extends subsidies for elderly who need mobility and assistive devices such as wheelchairs, canes and commodes. This is part of the initiative to encourage independent living for the elderly.
Related Blogpost: Elderly Financial Aids (updated)
Emotional Support: Support Group
There are other caregivers that can relate to your experience. If you are having a hard time, remember that you are not alone. Attend a support group so you can be in a comfortable environment to express your feelings and share your experience with others who may be in a position to understand you better.
There are experts who can give you professional advice and caregivers can provide tips based on their personal experience. You can also provide help to others in need. To find out more, you can read AIC’s post on self-care for caregivers.
External Support: Daycare
Day Cares are created for caregivers who are unable to provide their care due to work commitments. They are a full-day program which means eldery can receive care and supervision for the whole day.
They provide services aimed to improve their well-being and at the same time, allow the elderly to socialise and take part in activities with their friends. Their services include (and are not limited to) personal care, medical care, assistance with daily activities. For caregivers, day care also provides training and emotional support.
External Support: House Visits
You can receive help from professional caregivers or experienced nurses to assist you in caring for the elderly, at home. Most of the eldercare organisations that offer this service provide nurses that are registered with the Singapore Nursing Board and have adequate experience in home care.
This is one of the best options for the elderly who need extra caution when it comes to medical care and when the domestic helper may have inadequate experience to fulfil this duty.
Read more about home care HERE.