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CAREGIVERS NEED CARE TOO

Caregivers need to know when and where to get help and support when they feel stressed.

They should talk about their issues in coping, go for professional counselling or get support from community resources, friends and family.

Ms Christine Wong, the executive director of the Samaritans of Singapore (SOS), said that family members and friends need to understand stress associated with caregiving and try to provide support to the caregivers.

They can, for instance, take turns to do the caregiving, to give the caregiver a break.

They can also give financial support, or assist the caregiver in obtaining professional help or resources to cope with caregiving.

Ms Wong said: "A caregiver's job can be a 24-hour job that can be very tiring - physically, emotionally and even financially."