The key objectives of the survey are to identify the social and demographic characteristics of informal caregivers in Singapore looking after an elderly family member, identify the profile of the recipients of care, determine the specific care giving tasks are being performed and time spent doing these tasks, identify which informal caregivers are coping well with their care giving responsibilities and which are not, as well as the factors that might explain this difference (e.g. financial burden, lack of support, choice in providing such care), determine the impact of care giving (e.g., physical and mental health/well-being, employment) and the needs of informal caregivers (e.g., training, respite, financial assistance, education, formal home care), identify the social and demographic characteristics of a group of potential family caregivers of elderly who will need care in the future and determine the future choice mix of care among a group of elderly who do not currently need care.
During the course of the survey, commissioned by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS), Singapore, a total of 3600 individuals, comprising 1500 ‘care recipient-primary informal caregiver’ dyads and 300 ‘potential care recipient-potential primary informal caregiver’ dyads, will be interviewed at their dwellings. For the purpose of the survey, a care recipient (CR) is defined as ‘a community-dwelling older adult aged 75 years or more with a limitation in at least one activity of daily living (ADL) or instrumental ADL (IADL)’, a primary informal caregiver (CG) is defined as ‘a family member or friend of the CR who is most involved in providing care or ensuring provision of care to the CR’, a potential care recipient (PCR) is defined as ‘a community-dwelling older adult aged 75 years or more with no limitation in any ADL or IADL’, and a potential primary informal caregiver (PCG) is defined as ‘a family member or friend of the PCR who most likely to be the one to provide care or ensure provision of care to the PCR’, when required’. The survey instruments have been developed and pilot tested. The field work for the survey has commenced and is expected to be completed by July 2011.