Objective: To describe the extent and correlates of caregiving‐related needs among family caregivers of Singaporeans aged 75+ with ≥1 activity of daily living limitations (care‐recipients).
Methods: National survey data of 1181 care‐recipient/caregiver dyads were used. Caregiver's report (yes/no) of 16 needs was assessed. Care‐recipient and caregiver correlates of each need were determined through logistic regression analysis.
Results: Caregiving‐related needs were expressed by 42.3% caregivers. The most commonly reported need was keeping care‐recipient safe at home (24.5%). Needs concerned with caring for care‐recipients were more frequent than those concerned with the caregiver's own needs. The most frequent correlate was care‐recipient's extent of mood impairment (associated with 13 needs).
Conclusion: Caregivers should not neglect themselves when engaging in care provision. Families and service providers should explore whether reported lack of needs reflects limited awareness and/or under‐reporting.