New programme offers weekend respite for caregivers

Posted on July 17, 2014

Caregivers of elderly family members with physical or mental health conditions will now have additional support from day and senior centres over the weekend, Minister for Health Gan Kim Yong announced at the official opening of the Silver Circle Senior Care Centre at Serangoon Central.

Administered by the Agency for Integrated (AIC) Care, the new Centre-Based Weekend Respite Care Centre (CBWRC) programme offers caregivers the option of entrusting their elderly loved ones to selected day or senior centre on weekends.

Previously, most day and senior care centres were open only weekdays. With this new initiative, caregivers have the option of having more time-off from their caregiving duties on the weekends for urgent work commitments, to run errands or simply for a short break.

AIC has partnered six service providers to introduce this new respite care service, which is currently available at seven centres including Sembawang, Bukit Batok, Tampines and Toa Payoh. St Luke’s Eldercare in Yishun will be the eighth centre come September.

Category(s):Caregiver Issues / Stress

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