“This programme (Mindful Caregiver Programme) is unique as it focuses on both the caregiver and the care recipient. With mindfulness at its core, the programme seeks to empower both caregivers and care recipients to reduce their own level of stress and to be calmer when handling challenging situations and issues,” said Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for Health, at the launch on 13 Feb 2016.
As Singapore’s population ages, more and more people will find themselves in caregiver roles for their parents and/or spouses. Many caregivers focus so much on trying to meet their care recipient’s needs that they forget to care for themselves. This programme also encourages the caregiver and recipient to be kinder to each other in speech and actions, and more accepting of each other, which is key to a harmonious relationship. This is achieved through workshops, interest groups and a support network. Within each interest or self-help group, like-minded members come together to form an informal network to support one another.