Saturday, October 17, 2015

Letter to ST’s Life! Provide caregivers with mentors: Read Raymond Anthony Fernando’s letter to the press

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

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