Caregiving though rewarding can be challenging, more so for first time caregivers. First time caregivers face many unexpected challenges and difficulties - some of these include finding appropriate services, suitable products, etc - to make the transition to caregiving easier and less stressful.

SCCL has put together and consolidated five useful websites that would be helpful to caregivers.  These five websites look at different aspects of caregiving from self-care to caring for their care recipient.


Caregiversconnect.sg

Caregivers Connect has an active online community that allows its members (who are mainly caregivers) to post questions on an online forum to seek advice and help from professionals as well from other caregivers.  Users have to first register with Caregivers Connect before they can comment on any forum discussion. 

The up-to-date blog topics, written by a team of trainers and caregivers are also very informative and relevant to caregivers.

There is also interesting content on caregiving and related news that caregivers will find useful. 

For more information on visit: http://www.caregiversconnect.sg

 

Caregivers Alliance Limited (CAL)

The CAL website is a one-stop portal for caregivers who are caring for loved ones with mental illness.

CAL provides useful tips on how to recognise symptoms of mental illness and information on different types of mental illnesses.

CAL also organises various programmes to support  the caregivers in their caregiving role. One such programme is CAL's signature Caregivers-to-Caregivers Education Programme (C2C) which is a 12 week free training programme providing caregivers with in-depth information about mental illness and the best way to provide care for their loved ones.  It also teaches caregivers how to take care of themselves, receive emotional support and become empowered in their caregiving journey.  This programme is conducted by trained caregiver leaders who themselves are providing care for persons with mental illness.

Another initiative that CAL provides is the Caregivers Support Group and the aim of this is to facilitate peer support among caregivers.  Meetings are held monthly to encourage sharing and networking among caregivers.

For more information on CAL visit their website: http://www.cal.org.sg

 

Singapore Silver Pages ( Caregiver Resources )

Singapore Silver Pages is a one-stop portal for information on issues related to eldercare and caregiving.  The portal’s articles - address-how caregivers can cope with negative emotions and stress at the different stages of their caregiving roles.

The portal also provides practical tips on home modification, preparing for emergencies, preventing falls, advance medical and legal planning, and end-of-life care. 

Some of the essential caregiver resources that would be useful to a first time caregivers include:

Caregiver Essential Resources

 New caregivers should read up on their

 Caregiver Basic 101

 A handbook on

avoiding burn-out

 For more information on Singapore Silver Pages visit their website:https://www.silverpages.sg/caregiver_resources.aspx?Fid=196&Title=Caregiver resources

 

Touch Caregiver Support (TCG)

TCG is a subsidiary of Touch Community Services. TCG supports caregivers by providing a plethora of services. One of their services is their Care Line @ 62586797 that serves to help caregivers find an appropriate services amidst a myriad of health and services available.  Care Line also helps answers questions that first time caregivers have.  TCG also has a team of Care Coodinators to journey with caregivers in their caregiving role.

For more information on Touch Caregivers Support visit their website: http://www.caregivers.org.sg/

 

Alzheimers Disease Association (ADA)

The ADA website is very user-friendly and caters to all the possible needs a caregiver faces in caring for their loved ones with dementia.

ADA provides a comprehensive list of dementia support services for caregivers, like: Day Care for people with dementia; Transportation Services, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, Caregivers Support Services, Caregivers Support Groupcounselling and training.

The Caregivers Support Group caters to English, Manadarin, Malay-speaking caregivers. The support group session is held once a month.  Each of the meeting also features a specially tailored topic conducted by Specialist.

The website also provides a list of contacts for the purchase of essential assistive equipment for caregivers.

For more information on ADA visit their website: http://www.alz.org.sg/