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FY 2015-2016

Temasek Foundation Cares - CarerSupport@Centres
Pilot programme to build new model of structured caregiver support at Eldercare Centres
Partners: Agency for Integrated Care, Alzheimer's Disease Association, AWWA, SASCO Hong Kah North Day Care Centre for the Elderly, The Salvation Army

Based on projections by the Ministry of Social and Family Development and Ministry of Health, the number of elderly in Singapore is expected to reach 900,000 by 2030, and those requiring aged care is estimated to be around 117,000.

Caregivers for the elderly face many challenges, especially if they have little support, and/or if the elderly has frail health or illnesses such as dementia. Some of these challenges are:

  • Inadequate knowledge of the illnesses faced by elderly
  • High levels of stress
  • Lack of awareness and/or training on how to cope physically, mentally and emotionally

The Temasek Foundation Cares - CarerSupport@Centres programme aims to establish a new care model at Eldercare Centres that supports both the elderly and their caregivers, as well as help caregivers better manage their caregiving burden and sustain care for their loved ones within the community.

The pilot will be implemented at five Eldercare Centres, comprising Senior Care Centres and Dementia Day Care Centres. These Centres will be resourced to build up new capabilities to support the caregivers with the following services:

Core Services (for all caregivers)

  • Screening for caregiver burden and needs assessment
  • Care coordination and casework support
  • One point contact for emotional and practical support
  • Education on caregiver resources
  • Consultation on Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia

Add-on Services (home-based and where necessary)

  • Assessment or intervention
  • Behavioural management

328 families are expected to benefit from this programme over three years.

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