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
If your care recipient has cancer
Other medical conditions
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:
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:
Contributed By: Health Promotion Board (HPB)