Mindful Caregiver Program
As Singapore’s population ages, more and more people will find themselves in caregiver roles for their parents and/or spouses. Caregiving can be demanding, and at times overwhelming. Many caregivers focus so much on trying to meet their care recipient’s needs that they forget to care for themselves. Caught up in seemingly countless tasks and medical appointments, many caregivers do not recognise how stressed out they really are.
Research carried out by UC Berkeley shows that “mindfulness practices also help people observe their thoughts and behaviours with less reactivity and judgment, which could enable caregivers to better respond to the emotional and physical difficulties they encounter”
Join our Mindful Caregiver programme and stand to benefit from
- life-changing mindfulness courses in English and Chinese
- free seminars on various health topics such as dementia, depression and chronic disease
- social activities including Yin Yoga, Qi Gong and museum tours
- support group meetings where participants draw from their own experiences and learn from others as they are exposed to new and innovative approaches to self care
- access to Mindful Befrienders who offer compassionate support and encouragement
Registration for above courses and activities is available here.
Caregiving can be challenging, but it can also cultivate wisdom as well as self-directed compassion and kindness. Come and learn to care for yourself as you care for your loved ones. Join in the Mindful Caregiver journey!
Dr Amy Khor
This 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
Are You A Caregiver?
Click here to download the Mindful Caregiver Brochure!
Click here to download the Mindfulness in Caregiving brochure! Fill in the RSVP section of the form and drop it off at the Ward Counter or Reception of Brahm Centre at Level 3, Ren Ci Hospital.
Launch of Mindful Caregiver Program on 13th Feb 2016
Dr Christopher Cheok
Mindfulness practice may reduce blood pressure, symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression, insomnia, and the incidence, duration, and severity of acute respiratory illnesses (such as influenza). It can also improve interpersonal relationships.
Dr Lee Liang Tee
It is important for both caregivers as well as patients, to be able to manage their stress before it gets to them. And one effective tool to manage stress is the practice of mindfulness.
Many studies show that caregivers report higher levels of wellbeing and self-compassion after practising mindfulness. Their perceived level of stress also decreases significantly. For patients, training in mindfulness-based techniques also brings about lasting improvements in mental health and quality of life.
“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.