Social isolation is one of the greatest challenges affecting caregivers, especially those providing round-the-clock care. The difficulty of doing simple things such as visiting friends or shopping can lead to a gradual withdrawal from the world, leaving caregivers feeling cut off and unsupported.
In an effort to address the problem, Autism Association (Singapore) (AA(S)) has launched a Caregiver Support Network. It aims at giving caregivers from Eden Centre for Adults (Hougang and Clementi) a chance to meet one other and share their experiences. It is the initiative of AA(S)’s social work team who hopes to help caregivers build resilience and reduce stress levels so that they can better care for their children as well as themselves in the long term.
This is a community network for caregivers, with caregivers, in which members engage, interact and share with one another, form mutual-help groups and meet periodically. Caregivers also engage in different activities to learn new skills and self-care. Participants have responded positively to the initiative, expressing gratitude for the opportunity to widen social circle and know others who are in similar situations.
The Autism Association (Singapore) is one of the Social Service Organisations in Singapore, dedicated to supporting individuals with autism and helping them lead meaningful and quality lives in society.