Being a caregiver to a person with disabilities is a journey of immense love and dedication, but it also comes with unique challenges. A 2014 NCSS study unveils the emotional toll on caregivers of persons with disabilities. Almost half experienced poor mental health, while 4 in 10 faced psychological distress and 6 in 10 felt burdened by caregiving. In this blog post, we explore the issues faced by these caregivers and offer three vital suggestions for their support. We also introduce the first Caregiver Resource Centre (CRC) in Singapore, where caregivers can find a much-needed community and access essential programs and resources.

The Lonely and Challenging Journey

Unlike other caregiving roles, many caregivers of persons with disabilities find themselves thrust into the role without warning. The physical demands of care are compounded by the need for specialised knowledge, financial resources, and reliable support networks. This can lead to feelings of isolation and exhaustion.

The Urgent Need for Support

The NCSS study highlights the urgent need for attention and sensitivity to these caregivers’ unique circumstances. A crucial aspect of providing support is emphasising the importance of self-care in the midst of caregiving. The recent launch of the Caregivers Pod by SG Enable is a promising development, offering caregivers access to activities, training, and essential information.

Enhancing Caregiver Training

To further support caregivers, there is a need for more disability-specific courses on caregiving, including training for foreign domestic workers (FDWs) employed to assist caregivers. The government can co-fund voluntary welfare organisations to develop and provide caregiving courses, thus addressing the lack of disability-specific training covered under existing grants.

Recognising Caregiver Initiatives

Caregivers often show incredible resourcefulness in creating their support systems. Initiatives like NeuroDiverCity and Reunite Missing Children demonstrate the potential of community-driven caregiver support. Social service providers can partner with such initiatives to complement existing services and provide new caregivers with vital information.

Introducing the Caregiver Resource Centre (CRC)

The Nee Soon South CCC – SG Assist Caregiver Resource Centre in Yishun aims to provide caregivers and seniors with relevant programs, training, and resources to meet their unique needs. Caregivers can find a supportive environment to connect with others, share experiences, and receive emotional support. The center’s caregiving programs and training will equip caregivers with essential skills to provide quality care. Additionally, resources for seniors promote health, well-being, and social engagement.


Caring for persons with disabilities is an act of love that requires immense strength and dedication. As a society, it is crucial to recognise and support the caregivers who provide this invaluable care. By proactively reaching out to caregivers, enhancing training, and recognising caregiver initiatives, we can create a more compassionate and supportive community. The new Caregiver Resource Centre in Yishun is a significant step towards providing the necessary resources and support for caregivers on their challenging but rewarding journey. Let us come together to care for our caregivers and ensure their well-being as they care for their loved ones.

At SG Assist, we understand that caregiving can be a challenging and overwhelming experience. That’s why we provide resources and support for seniors, people with disabilities, and caregivers alike. Whether you’re in need of care services or looking to volunteer at our Caregiver Resource Centre, we’re here to help you make a difference in the lives of others. Visit our websites at SG Assist and CareConnect or sign up for our newsletter here today to learn more.