Let’s hear the story of Mr Chua Joo Ee, 45. He cares for his ailing mother Mdm Toh Wee.
“I had to quit my job to care for my mother after she was diagnosed with vascular dementia. I was often overwhelmed by my responsibilities and often felt alone in my journey.” Mr Chua Joo Ee was devastated and struggled to care for his mother’s condition. He turned to ADA for help in 2012, attended Caregiver Support Group which allowed him to meet like-minded caregivers who share his struggles.
“I’ve benefitted much from the programme and I want to continue to give back through my role as a support group facilitator”, as a caregiver who has once been at wit’s end, Joo Ee knows how stressful it can be for caregivers to keep their problems to themselves. His goal as a facilitator is to encourage them to air their thoughts in a safe environment, and for them to find support with people going through the same challenges as they are.
Joo Ee’s positive attitude has made him one of the three recipients of the 2016 Singapore Patient Action Awards, yet he remains grounded and humble, focusing only on caring for Mdm Toh. “I will not give up on her. Till her last breath, I will be by her side,” he explains. “I want to leave behind memories, not regrets.”