We often hear of the voices of social isolation for elders, especially among those who are living alone. But have you ever heard about social isolation of Caregivers?
A recent research conducted by us shows that caregivers may face social isolation too. Although busy in daily life with the care of their loved ones, caregivers feel isolated especially when they are eventually left to bear the responsibility of caring for their aged parents or spouses alone.
The more siblings or children one has does not necessarily equate to more shared caregiving responsibility, as the one who lives with the elders (the spouse and especially the adult single child) often becomes the main family caregiver expected to provide round the clock care.
Family caregivers also feel a sense of loss and further isolation after their caregiving duties are completed. For some who have left the workplace to provide care for some years, it is a challenge to find their way back to re-connect with society.
Training of caregivers should include ways to help them combat social isolation and keeping connected through network building, technology and self-care.
As a professional Caregiver, you need to understand the human ageing process. You can view our course Psychosocial Wellness which cover the effects of social interactions and psychology on the health and well being of an individual to understand more.
Dr. Thang Leng Leng
National University of Singapore (NUS)
(Writer is a member of iCare Life Advisory Board)