Providing care to an older person, especially to loved ones with dementia, depression or other progressive degenerative diseases, is often an arduous activity due to the resources required and the nature of tasks involved in caregiving.
Many caregivers are often ill-prepared with little support, and with little understanding or recognition of the difficulties they undergo in their caregiving journey. This often has a negative impact on the caregiver’s long-term health and mental wellness.
To address this need, CREST @REACH runs a Caregiver Support Group to help caregivers of loved ones with dementia or depression to be better prepared at the earlier stage, to find more adaptive ways of coping when the going gets tough and to facilitate self-care.
We are looking for caregivers who can benefit from joining us, and learn that they are not alone in this journey.
We also welcome all who administer care in some form to loved ones suffering from dementia and depression, or are supporting relatives in a similar situation and want to know more.
Our Care Circle runs on Saturday mornings on monthly basis. Elder-sitting service for seniors with mild to moderate dementia and depressive symptoms is available to free up caregivers to attend the support group.
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Date : 23 April, Saturday onwards
Time : 10 AM – 12 PM
Venue : REACH Senior Centre@Bukit Gombak Vista, Block 377A Bukit Batok Street 31 #01-24 Singapore 651377
What is the CREST @REACH?
CREST @REACH is a programme operating out of REACH Senior Centre @ Bukit Gombak Vista (SAC@BGV). It was developed and positioned as a one-stop resource centre in the local community to drive Dementia-Friendly Community (DFC) efforts. CREST @REACH shall be responsible for conducting outreach to increase awareness of dementia and dementia prevention in the local community. It also promotes early detection through mental health screening for the community and provides dementia-related resources, information and service linkages.
This service model aims to ensure sustainability of the DFC initiative at the local level with the CREST @REACH playing an anchor role in engaging community partners to further develop the DFC.
CREST @REACH will be serving the residents in Hong Kah North and Bukit Gombak.
The objectives of CREST are :
Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or alternatively call us at 68010876 / 68010873.
Community Outreach and Befriending
The Community Befriending Programme, funded by C3A, started in June 2016 and we get referrals from various agencies like the Pioneer Generation Office, Residents Committee and other VWOs in the community. The aim of the Befriending programme is to identify seniors who are vulnerable to social isolation.
Once identified, our befrienders will be assigned to make weekly visits to befriend the seniors and encourage them to participate in the senior activities available in the community. For those who have mobility issues, the befrienders engage them in their homes. Trainings are provided throughout the year to equip the befrienders with the necessary skills to interact with and help assess the needs of the seniors.
The senior outreach programme is to walk the blocks in the community to help identify seniors who will benefit from the senior activities organized by REACH Senior Service or the Community Befriending programme.