The Straits Times
Published on Dec 19, 2012

Caregivers' well-being equally vital


FAMILY members who are likely to assume the caregiver role should plan ahead for various crises before they actually happen ("Caregivers to get some Care too"; Monday).

While it is important to pre-plan when our loved ones are still in good health and living active, independent lives, this takes much effort and thought on the part of everyone in the family.

It is good that the Caregivers Always Ready and Empowered (Care) programme aims to equip people with competency skills to take care of others, but problems faced by caregivers should also be looked into.

Caregivers come from all walks of life - they can be adult children, spouses or even siblings - and have their own set of problems and their own ways of coping.

There are cases of caregivers being the sole breadwinners in the family; others hold high-pressure jobs in addition to the demanding job of caregiving.

As caregivers occasionally experience emotional, physical and economic stress, it is imperative that their concerns be addressed too.

In short, we should attach equal importance to both the caregiver and the care-receiver.

Jeffrey Law