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Caregivers face not only burden, but reward and benefits in their journey: Study

Caregivers face not only burden, but reward and benefits in their journey: Study


“For the caregivers, there are burdens, but there are actually benefits and rewards in the caregiving journey, throughout the caregiving journey,” she added. 

“There is a sense that they’re able to manage, cope with the everyday caregiving needs, anticipate future challenges, and that they’re able to do self care of their own well-being and work towards a balanced life.”

Previously, the focus of caregiving has always been about the burden that they face, said observers. 

Ms Harding said: “It was always about the stress. But now with this study, we’re able to also identify that there’s the positive side to caregiving.” 

She added that the project can also help to change their mindset of clinicians, so they can get to know the caregivers early on. 

On how this study can help Singapore plan better, Ms Harding said it can be used to engage stakeholders such as policy makers to pay more attention “on the caregivers, not just always the care recipients”, and how support could be channelled to help caregivers identify their aspirations and needs early on and amplify the rewards. 



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