Families can't be left to bear sole brunt of caregiving burden

Taking a multi-sector approach to caregiving can lead to a higher quality of life for caregivers and their care recipients, say the writers.
Taking a multi-sector approach to caregiving can lead to a higher quality of life for caregivers and their care recipients, say the writers.ST FILE PHOTO

As Singapore's population ages, the number of individuals requiring assistance for daily needs is increasing. At the same time, the number of caregivers - healthy family members able to provide such care - is decreasing. Simple arithmetic tells us that it is more and more likely that any one of us will be a family caregiver.

Recently, the Singapore Government announced a Caregiver Support Action Plan to enhance support for family caregivers of older persons. This action plan is exceedingly timely.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 14, 2019, with the headline 'Families can't be left to bear sole brunt of caregiving burden'. Subscribe