In these support groups, caregivers can talk about their problems, listen to others and also help others.
Why join a group?
In most support groups, you will be able to talk about your problems and listen to others as well. You will not only get help, but you’ll also be able to help others.
Most importantly, you will find out that you are not alone in your caregiving journey.
You will feel better knowing that other people are in the same situation, and their knowledge and support can be invaluable – especially if they are caring for someone with the same illness as your care recipient. These groups exist in the hospitals, in the community and even online.
Below are some support groups that may be of interest. The list is not exhaustive, and if you know of other local support groups, share the information with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hospital support groups
You can speak to the medical social workers in your care recipient’s hospital to find out more about the existing support groups. Some of these include:
If your care recipient has dementia
If your care recipient suffers from Parkinson’s Disease
- Monthly support groups at Singapore General Hospital, Tan Tock Seng Hospital and National University Hospital.
If your care recipient has cancer
- Colon Cancer Support Group at Tan Tock Seng Hospital
- Prostate Cancer Support Group at Tan Tock Seng Hospital
- For enquiries, please call the Volunteer Management Office at 63572494 / 2491 or email email@example.com
Other medical conditions
- Singapore National Stroke Association Stroke Club at Singapore General Hospital
- Cardiac Rehabilitation Support Group at Tan Tock Seng Hospital
- Wish Bone: Osteoporosis Support Group at Singapore General Hospital
- Asthma Support Group at Changi General Hospital (including sufferers of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
The list above is non-exhaustive, so please speak with the hospital’s medical social worker to find out if there is one that fits you.
Community Support Groups
In the community, you can also find support groups which offer psycho-emotional support in your caregiving journey.
Most of them are voluntary welfare organisations, such as:
- AWWA Centre for Caregivers (all caregivers)
- Caregiving Welfare Association (all caregivers)
- Caregiver Alliance Limited (caregivers of patients with mental health conditions)
- Clarity Singapore (caregivers of patients with mental health conditions)
- Alzheimer's Disease Association (ADA) (caregivers of Alzheimer’s Disease sufferers)
- Parkinson's Disease Society (caregivers of loved ones with Parkinson’s Disease)
- Singapore Association for Mental Health (caregivers of patients with mental health conditions)
Or you can search for more services using the Eldercare Locator.
If you are unable to leave your house, many groups are also active on the Internet, including Facebook.
These groups can take the form of:
- An online support group – where caregivers come to interact with fellow caregivers to share stories, challenges, and exchange tips and information
- An interest group – which caregivers (and interested public) join to gather knowledge and information relevant to your care recipient’s specific condition
Many such communities are ‘closed’ groups as the members prefer to discuss in privacy. The best way to find a local online support group, besides doing your own research, is to ask fellow caregivers if they belong to any. Then get them to add you to the group.
In the meantime, here are some communities you can check out:
- AWWA Caregiver Connect
- Life after stroke in Singapore
- Singapore Liver Cancer Support Group
- PH Singapore (for pulmonary hypertension patients and caregivers)
- Singapore Association for Mental Health
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Association (Singapore)
- Society for Continence (Singapore)
- Diabetic Society of Singapore
Contributed By: Health Promotion Board (HPB)