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Caregivers get 'care for yourself too' tips at HPB campaign

Published on Sep 24, 2012 6:00 AM
 
Health Minister Gan Kim Yong interacting with an elderly man at the Living Together 2012 HPB campaign event at HDB Hub Atrium on Sept 3, 2012. -- LIANHE ZAOBAO PHOTO

Be realistic, do not try to do everything yourself. Go out with your friends, and remember: You're doing a good job. These are some tips in a resource pack for caregivers of dementia patients, put together by the Health Promotion Board (HPB) in a new campaign.

About 20,000 packs will be distributed to caregivers at hospitals, clinics and through community outreach programmes. Launched on Sunday, the Living Together campaign includes an online e-learning course, in which caregivers can gauge their stress levels. An exhibition on how to make a home safer for patients will also be put up.

"It's not enough to teach caregivers how to be good caregivers," said HPB's chief executive officer Ang Hak Seng. "We also need to ensure they have proper rest and resources to deal with the physical strain and emotional stress."

A National Health Survey in 2010 indicated that about 20 per cent of caregivers spend more than 12 hours daily attending to persons with chronic medical conditions such as dementia.

 
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A National Health Survey in 2010 indicated that about 20 per cent of caregivers spend more than 12 hours daily attending to persons with chronic medical conditions such as dementia.