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Provide caregivers with mentors

I refer to the story, Struggles Of Ageing Caregivers (Life, Oct 11).

Being a full-time caregiver to a loved one 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 from 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. 

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This scheme, which can be part of a caregiver support programme, will provide the mentees with an outlet to voice their concerns and a resource to gain caregiving insights.

Raymond Anthony Fernando

Elderly caregivers demonstrate fortitude and determination in caring for others.

The views presented in the article re-affirm that a caring environment at home and understanding of what family relationships mean are key to ensuring that the aged are looked after without having to turn to social assistance or thinking that institutions will always be available and made affordable by the state.

Youth need to ask themselves if they have the spirit and will of these unsung heroes to be the future torchbearers of their values or will they leave it as an issue for the Government to tackle.

Ooi Mun Kong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 17, 2015, with the headline 'Provide caregivers with mentors '. Print Edition | Subscribe