I have met many caregivers in the course of my research work and counted the cheerful ones like Janet Koh whom I first met in April to be among the most inspiring family caregiver!
Having cared for her 83 year-old mother (who now has dementia) full-time for seven years, Janet has seen herself transformed from the initial years when she often felt stressed and helpless with the overwhelming care responsibility to a confident and competent caregiver today.
She is thankful to the various home care support and caregiver skills programs and courses available in the community (including iCare Life courses) which have helped her built up the necessary Caregiving skills and emotional resilience in the course of her caregiving journey. But I think her positive attitude towards learning and reaching out for support is paramount in enabling her to find fulfillment in caring for her loving mother.
My salute to Janet and all the inspiring caregivers out there!
A report of Janet’s caregiving journey can be found in the Straits Times on 9 April 2017 article 'giving up a career to care for elderly parents'
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Dr. Thang Leng Leng
National University of Singapore (NUS)
(Writer is a member of iCare Life Advisory Board)