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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​How Can I Avoid Caregiver Burnout?​

You are as important as your loved one. You, in your caregiving journey, may be at risk of developing stressors that may adversely affect your mental wellness. There are caregiver community outreach teams who can support caregivers who are at-risk of developing depression, anxiety and burnout. It aims to support you in self-care through health and wellness activities, stress management, peer support, and future planning. You can also be engaged wit​h basic emotional support, link up with support groups and counselling services where needed.

There are currently two providers for Caregiver Community Outreach Teams: Caregivers Alliance Limited (CAL) and Dementia Singapore.

Respite Care

There are short-term, temporary care options, otherwise known as respite care options, that you can tap on when you take a break from caregiving, or when you need just that bit of extra assistance from time to time, such as when the helper goes on home leave.


​​​​​​​​​Finding a Suitable Respite Option

Respite care options come in the following forms — at a senior care centre and at a nursing home. Your loved one’s condition and the duration in which you need the service will help you decide on the suitable option. Read this article to find out all you need to know about Respite Care in Singapore.

Plan Early with the Pre-enrolment Programme

You are encouraged to plan early for respite services and pre-enrol with your preferred senior care centre or nursing home for respite care. By pre-enrolling, you will complete some pre-admission applications in advance so that it shortens the time to access respite care when you need it.

Why is Pre-enrolment Important?

You may find yourself in a situation where you need respite care unexpectedly. However, finding a suitable care arrangement for your loved one takes time as you will need to consider the following:

  • What are the respite care options available?
  • Which option can cater to my needs or my loved one’s needs?
  • Which service provider should I select?
  • What information do I need for admission?
  • Am I eligible for subsidies for respite care?

The pre-enrolment process will guide you through questions, decide on a suitable care arrangement, and complete some necessary pre-admission applications in advance. This shortens the time it takes to access respite care when you need it.

What is Go Respite?

Go Respite is a pilot programme that encourages caregivers to plan ahead and identify a suitable respite option that is able to meet their needs and those of their loved ones. As a caregiver, you can pre-enrol with your preferred senior care centre or nursing home, and complete some necessary pre-admission applications in advance. This shortens the time it takes to access respite care when you need it. Caregivers whose loved one is successfully pre-enrolled can contact their preferred service provider directly should they require respite care.

Download the Go Respite flyers below:

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Participating Service Providers

Click here for the full list of participating centres and nursing homes.

How Do I Pre-enroll?

Activating Respite Care

Upon successful pre-enrolment, please contact your preferred provider directly should you require respite care.

You may need to make separate arrangements for transport to and from your selected respite care service provider.

The pre-enrolment will be valid for 2 years upon completion and you will need to update your status thereafter.

Note: Pre-enrolment does not guarantee placement

Admission to the service is subject to vacancy, and patient’s medical condition is stable with no significant change from the point of pre-enrolment. For your loved one’s health and safety, if there are any changes to medical condition or functional abilities, you will need to alert the service provider and furnish the latest medical report or discharge summary, so that the service provider can assess if they are able to provide the service.

Go Respite Pre-enrolment Application

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