As caregivers, we often put the needs of our loved ones before our own. We dedicate ourselves to their care, often at the expense of our own physical and mental well-being. The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the challenges that caregivers face, making it harder to find support and respite.

A recent article in The Straits Times highlighted the issue of caregiver burnout and the need for support for caregivers. Caregivers of loved ones with disabilities, dementia, and other special needs require more support than ever before. Thankfully, the government has recognised this need and is increasing support for caregivers.

In the recent Budget announcement, the grant for caregivers of loved ones with disabilities was increased to up to $400 a month. This additional financial support will help caregivers to better manage their responsibilities and alleviate some of the financial burden associated with caregiving.

Furthermore, a night respite scheme for caregivers of those with dementia has benefited over 10,000 people since its implementation in 2019. This scheme provides caregivers with a much-needed break and a chance to recharge, knowing that their loved ones are receiving quality care in a safe and supportive environment.

As caregivers, it’s important to recognise the signs of burnout and to take care of ourselves. This means seeking support from family and friends, taking breaks, and prioritising our own physical and mental health. We cannot give our best to our loved ones if we are not taking care of ourselves first.

It’s important to remember that as caregivers, we are not alone. There are many organisations and resources available to help us navigate the challenges of caregiving. We can seek help from our community centres, hospitals, and caregiver support groups. These organisations provide emotional support, resources, and advice to help us better manage our caregiving responsibilities.

As we continue to navigate the challenges of caregiving, let us remember to take care of ourselves and seek support when we need it. We are not alone, and with the right resources and support, we can provide the best possible care for our loved ones.

At SG Assist, we understand that caregiving can be tough, but we’re here to help. Our goal is to provide you with the resources and support you need to make your caregiving journey as smooth and stress-free as possible. Visit our websites at SG Assist and CareConnect, and our Caregiver Resource Centre, to find the information and tools you need to take care of yourself and your loved ones. We also invite you to stay up-to-date with the latest news and resources by filling out our form here. Let SG Assist be your partner in caregiving.