Caring for seniors' carers

Studies have shown that support from foreign domestic workers can alleviate the burden of caregiving and is associated with better health for caregivers and lower institutionalisation of seniors, say the writers.
Studies have shown that support from foreign domestic workers can alleviate the burden of caregiving and is associated with better health for caregivers and lower institutionalisation of seniors, say the writers.ST FILE PHOTO

Earlier this month, a foreign domestic worker was sentenced to jail for hurting an elderly woman with dementia.

This brings to mind the 2011 Nightingale Home incident when a staff member - also a migrant worker - was caught on video mistreating a vulnerable senior.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 31, 2018, with the headline 'Caring for seniors' carers'. Print Edition | Subscribe