For many of the caregivers who accompanied their loved ones with dementia to get their vaccine, ensuring that the process was not anxiety-inducing was a priority. Karen Seah, who is a caregiver to her mother Kuah Ai Tee, said that she did not want to frighten her with too many details about the vaccination exercise. Instead, she maintained a cheerful disposition, chatting with her mother throughout the process, to set her at ease.
Karen Seah (right), caregiver to her mother Kuah Ai Tee (left) who is living with dementia. Both are all smiles as they wait for Ai Tee to receive her vaccine.
Preparing for the vaccination exercise also entailed checking if her mother was able to receive the vaccination. “I was a little bit concerned because of my mum’s age and the medicine that she takes, so I had to first check whether it was alright for her to go ahead with the jab. Once I was told that she could go ahead, there were no other issues bringing her to receive her vaccine,” Karen added.