It’s that time again, where we present to you what caregivers were sharing and talking about during the past month. It’s the same digest that we send out to subscribers of our Mailing List, but with a much better reading experience now – thanks to our new Caregivers Connect website!
This is how it works:
We regularly post the latest caregiving news, tips, and updates on our Caregivers Connect Facebook Page – so that we can have conversations with our followers about caregiving issues. After that, we take note of the articles which are most popular with our followers, and present them in a monthly digest, so that our non-facebook followers are able to follow community conversations.
Interestingly, we observed that for the month of March, caregivers were more interested in Caregiving stories, with lesser likes for Caregiving tips.
If you would like to see more caregiving tips, why not head down to our Facebook page, and ‘like’ to ‘vote’ for your favourite sort of caregiving content? That way, we’ll know what kind of content to post.
Without further ado, here are the Talking Points for March 2016, as Chosen by Caregivers.
Share the Care SG & Make a Caregiver’s Day
March was a Special Month for Caregivers of Loved Ones with Special Needs.
Together with Share the Care SG, we were proud to co-organise Singapore’s first-ever Make a Caregiver’s Day, which was attended by Guest of Honour, Mayor Denise Phua!
You can read an account of it below, as reported by Special Seeds – a newly formed web magazine and resource guide for parents of children with special needs.
Over the last 6 months, Caregivers Connect has been working closely with the team from Share the Care SG to make the event happen. Lionel, Cheryl, Kaira and Xiu Xian are a group of talented students from Nanyang Technological University who have good heart and passion for helping caregivers.
Here’s more on what they have been doing for getting more Singaporeans to assist, and reach out to caregivers.
And together, we’ve been putting some of our inspirational caregivers’ stories into the limelight, and local newspapers.
Like the story of Jayamalini, single mum, and caregiver to 2 boys with special needs.
The Story of Jayamalini – Single Mum & Caregiver of 2 sons wit…In 2008, Madam Jayamalini’s husband abandoned her as a single mother to raise their three boys, two of whom have special needs. Her second son was diagnosed with Global Developmental Delay at birth and requires frequent hospital visits, while her youngest son was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). Although it was an emotional struggle for Jayamalini, she never gave up. Her eldest son, 12 year old Isaac, became Jayamalini’s pillar of strength as she persevered to overcome depression and thoughts of suicide. Together with Isaac, the former part-time bus attendant has grown to be determined, optimistic and independent, as she cares for her family while making a living as a home based office worker. This is her story.Jayamalini and Isaac were recognised by AWWA Caregiver Service for going beyond her role with the Model Caregiving Family Award (Merit) in 2015. We are pleased to tell her story with contributions from SGX Bull Charge, Agency for Integrated Care (AIC), SG Enable and NCSS Singapore.
Posted by Caregivers Connect on Friday, 11 March 2016
And the story of Madam Kamsih, our 2015 Model Caregiver, whose son, Salim, has Down’s Syndrome, and is a successful special athlete.
It wasn’t all just about Make a Caregiver’s Day.
Caregivers also loved, and shared stories about…
1. The Janitor and Cook who stayed behind to care for the elderly residents abandoned by a nursing home that closed down.
2. 13-years old young caregiver Aichurek, who collects and sells plastic bags to provide for her disabled mother…
3. The caregiving love story of elderly Hajjah Rehana, who provides undying love and care for her bed-bound husband…
A Caregiving Love Story: Hajjah Rehana’s Pilgrimage of Love“I’m his wife. I will definitely take care of him to the best that I can”.Since 2010, cheery 68 year old Madam Rehana has been the main caregiver for her husband, who is now bed-bound due to a complex spinal injury sustained during their pilgrimage to Al-Aqsa, Jerusalem. When asked for his impression of Madam Rehana, her husband, Haji Hussein, responds: “Yes, nice girl, that one”.Despite her own medical problems, Madam Rehana continues her labour of love by relentlessly visiting the hospital for her husband’s medication and daily consumables. Living together, her family of 8 also contributes significantly in any way they can. Her daughter wakes up before dawn to clean and feed her father before she leaves for work, and assists Madam Rehana when she returns in the evening. Her son is the main breadwinner, while Madam Rehana’s daughter-in-law takes care of her own 3 young children. Their support for Madam Rehana ensures that she can focus on the complex care needs of her husband, who requires oxygen support and nocturnal ventilation as a tetraplegic. Elsewhere, Madam Rehana continues to assist Tan Tock Seng Hospital in providing support to other caregivers facing similar challenges as her.In October 2015, Madam Rehana was recognised for her unrelenting love by AWWA Caregiver Service with the Model Pioneer Caregiver Award. We are able to tell her story, thanks to contributions from SGX Bull Charge, Agency for Integrated Care (AIC), SG Enable, and NCSS Singapore.
Posted by Caregivers Connect on Friday, 18 March 2016
4. A 72 year old caregiver in Singapore, who is sandwiched between caring for his disabled daughter, and his own health…
5. A nursing home in Helsinki, Finland, that rents rooms out to homeless young people on condition that they befriend the elderly residents…
Why These Millennials Live in a Retirement Home
Posted by Seeker Network on Monday, 7 March 2016
6. What to say to a loved one whom you’re caring for…
7. Depression – and why we must talk more about it…
8. Why Tuina massages don’t cause seizures…
9. How a young caregiver came to terms with her new identity…
10. And…things around the house that are in need of a wash!
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