The task of caregiving is a demanding one. Caregivers of persons with disabilities (PWD) often experience feelings of loss, stress, anxiety, frustration and guilt.
ABLE will support the critical role of caregivers through centre-based and home-based respite services. With their wards placed under the care of professional staff, a variety of activities will cater to the physical and mental well-being of caregivers.
ABLE’s Agape Respite@MDAS was officially launched on 19 September 2013. The event was graced by Ms Denise Phua, Mayor of Central Singapore CDC and Member of Parliament, and attended by guests from various agencies.
This satellite centre is a collaboration between ABLE and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (Singapore), MDAS. Over the years, Agape Respite@ MDAS has touched the lives of many caregivers through its weekly home-based services and various activities organized in its centre-based service.
In November 2015, the new ABLE Respite Centre was set up in the Agape Village at Lorong 8 Toa Payoh. The centre seeks to energise and refresh caregivers through social activities, support groups, training programmes and case management. All programmes are geared towards improving the physical and emotional well-being of the members in order that they may be better caregivers to their wards.
The programmes offered at ABLE Respite Centre include:
- Educational training for caregivers
- Recreational facilities and social activities
- Support groups / counselling
- Provide nursing aides for wards
- Rehabilitation & Training for wards