Caregivers, fret not, more help is on the way

They can turn to respite schemes, courses and support groups

Mr Tay Tian Siang singing while his daughter Lian Choon claps along. Being single, she takes on the bulk of caregiving duties for her father.
Mr Tay Tian Siang singing while his daughter Lian Choon claps along. Being single, she takes on the bulk of caregiving duties for her father.ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG

Finance manager Tay Lian Choon, 53, provided care for her mother when the older woman developed heart problems in 2011, but her caregiving duties increased significantly from the start of this year when her mother's condition worsened.

About once a week, her 75-year-old mother would wake up in the middle of the night and complain of bodily discomfort, but even when pressed she would refuse to seek help at the hospital.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 16, 2018, with the headline 'Caregivers, fret not, more help is on the way'. Subscribe