You are not alone in your caregiving journey. You may feel that “I am the only one thinking and feeling this way”. Actually, there are many other caregivers who are in their respective stages of this journey and may feel the same as you do.
You can speak up to share your innermost feelings which can help reduce the feelings of isolation and relieve some of the emotions you may have. Through your sharing, other caregivers can learn from your rich experience and useful advice to support each other in this journey together. There are sharing platforms such as Caregiver Support Network, support groups, and sharing your stories via print or video.
To create a supportive and inclusive community, Caregiver Support Network is being developed to empower caregivers via peer network, focusing on self-care, mindset change and recognition. You need to take care of yourself before you can take care of others. In this network, fellow caregivers can connect and share caregiving tips while encouraging one another. Beyond your caregiving identity, you can build on your own strengths, talents and interest to be yourself again.
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Caregiver Support Network in the community: Queenstown, Hong Kah North, Yishun, Woodlands, Teck Ghee, Bedok and MacPherson. If you would like to find out more, you may email
There are people in similar situations experiencing and feeling the same way as you do. Support groups offer a safe and comfortable platform for you to meet such people and share your experiences. You will get to learn new caregiving tips and know useful resources. Not only will you be getting help, but you will also be able to help others. Such interaction can provide emotional suppot, allow better stress management and reduce sense of frustration and isolation in caregivers. The support groups are usually facilitated by professionals such as social workers or counsellors, though there are some peer-led groups as well.
Support groups can exist in virtual forms as well, such as online forums and social media platforms. Such platforms allow you to be part of a network of fellow caregivers, locally or internationally, without having to go down to a physical location. If you do not have the time, feel unwell, or prefer to maintain a degree of privacy when sharing your personal thoughts and feelings, online support groups may benefit you.
You can search online for such support group or ask other fellow caregivers to introduce you to some groups. Alternatively, below are some online communities you can check out on Facebook:
Many caregivers have come forward to share their experience and advice. You can learn tips from their sharing and if you are keen to share your experience too, do contact us at
If you are a seasoned caregiver caring for a loved one with disability, you can share your knowledge and skills to new caregivers by being a
Sharing from Caregivers in Caregiver Support Network at Hong Kah North
Sharing by Janet Koh, caring for her mother with chronic conditions and dementia
Sharing by Sara, caring for her mother and husband
Sharing by Henry Koh, caring for his mother and grandmother with dementia
Sharing by Stella, caring for her mother-in-law
Sharing by Jared Koh, caring for his sister with mental health condition
Sharing by Tan Kee Guan, caring for his wife with dementia
Sharing by Colin Chong, caring for his wife with dementia
Sharing by three caregiver, caring for their loved ones
Sharing by Annie Goh, a senior with diabetes
Sharing by Emily, a diabetic patient who receives help from her neighbours
Sharing by three pairs of caregivers and persons living with dementia
Sharing by Caregivers and Experts on dementia
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