The Survey on Informal Caregiving, commissioned by then-Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) is the first national population-based survey from Singapore on informal caregiving for community-dwelling older adults aged 75 and over who require human assistance with at least one Activity of Daily Living (ADL).
With the rapid ageing of Singapore’s population, it is imperative to have information on the characteristics of informal (i.e. unpaid) caregivers providing care to older persons in Singapore, and the care recipients they care for. Such information is important for policymakers so that provisions can be made to better support caregivers. In addition, it is also important to understand the profile of elderly who do not need care currently but may do so in the future and their (future) caregivers. These insights would allow policymakers to prepare for the future needs of these potential caregivers and their care recipients.