My letter to The Straits Times Life Section on the above topic is published today, Saturday 17th October 2015 (Page D9 of the Life Section).
I refer to the story, Struggles Of ageing caregivers (Life, Oct 11).
Being a full-time caregiver to a loved suffering from a chronic illness is no easy feat for he requires care 24/7.
As a former caregiver for 40 years, I relate to the challenges faced by caregivers.
While the professionals can offer support, advice and training, our pool of caregivers can benefit immensely with a mentor who not only has a wealth of experience in caregiving, but is also able to motivate and give hope to them.
I propose that the Government implement a paid mentor caregiver scheme, either on a part-time or full-time basis that allows experienced caregivers to have job opportunities, and at the same time, be accorded the recognition that they deserve.
This scheme which can be part of a caregiver support programme will provide the mentees with an outlet to voice their concerns and a useful resource to gain caregiving insights.
Raymond Anthony Fernando