54th World Congress on Nursing and Health Care
Jamyah Nursing Home, Singapore
Title: Are trained hired caregivers for seniors necessary in Singapore?
Biography: Satyaprakash TIWARI
Madam Siti Hamidah, 61, who has a background in psychology, is trained in social work and is a senior counsellor. But she found herself "really overwhelmed" and "lost" when she became the primary caregiver for her 89-year-old bedridden mother who suffered a stroke two years ago.
She said: "Up till then my mother was a very strong woman, so being bedridden was hard for her. It was hard for me as well to see her like that. I guess what would have been helpful then would have been having someone there, a shoulder to cry on and to be able to know what to do at that critical stage.
Most people, like Mdm Sit Hamidah, may be unprepared for caregiving. Living in a busy metropolis and juggling work and family responsibility may be a recipe for burnout. A hired caregiver can assist to care of the senior in the family and give a helping hand to the family caregiver.
A trained caregiver from CARE would have the knowledge, skills and aptitude needed to care for a senior including knowing about the process of ageing and tasks of caring for a senior person. IN addition to managing activities of daily living, hygiene, nutrition, ambulation and cognitive stimulation, the trained caregiver will also be aware of the care process in looking after persons with Dementia, Cancer, Stroke, Parkinson’s Disease and other ailments that are common in the senior population.
Through initial trainings and regular updates, CARE will also ensure that the trained caregiver has upsated knowledge and is confident in her role.These trainings will also assuage any doubts the family member has about the skills of the hired caregiver in caring for the senior at home.