“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
– Isaiah 40:31
Caregivers play a vital role in the care and support of persons with physical challenges. While it can be a rewarding journey, the task of caregiving is often a demanding one. Family caregivers of persons with physical disabilities often experience feelings of loss, anxiety, frustration and guilt.
In a local research study conducted by NCSS, caregivers of persons with disabilities responded that respite services need not necessarily be catered for themselves. Respite for them means trusting that their care recipients are cared for by professionals in a safe, centre-based environment with affordable programmes.
ABLE’s Respite Centre supports family caregivers through regular quality programmes and services for both caregivers and care recipients. Our family caregivers experience respite through self-enrichment workshops, information talks and interest groups. Through these programmes, the caregivers are given opportunities to discover and explore their own interests. As family caregivers interact with each other during programmes and activities, they have an opportunity to form informal support and social networks which help boost their own resilience in the face of caregiving difficulties.
ABLE’s Respite programmes and services aim to support the critical role of family caregivers through a Family Centric approach. A major factor for the family caregiver to recognise the need for respite is for their care recipient to be taken care of by professionals.
Family Centred Approach to Respite care at ABLE
Family Centred Approach to Respite Care at ABLE
To partner the family in respite care, ABLE’s Respite Centre has concurrent programmes or services for the both care recipients and the family caregivers. Educating the family caregiver and allowing a platform for sharing with other family caregivers also allows the family caregiver to recognize the need for quality respite care for themselves.
Studies have shown that the earlier respite is received in the caregiving experience, the more effective it will be in preventing the onset of serious stress and the associated negative physical and emotional effects (LaSasso and Johnson, 2002; Gottlieb and Johnson, 2000).
Centre-Based Respite Service
The Centre-Based Respite Service aims to provide daily respite for Caregivers through daily programmes conducted for their Care Recipients between Mondays and Fridays from 10:30am to 4:30pm, except public holidays. Programmes includes Music Therapy, Art Therapy, Arts & Craft and Befriending Services, events and outings.
Home-Based Respite Service
ABLE’s home-based service aims to reach out to family caregivers whose care recipients are bed-bound or less mobile. Nurses help with activities of daily living and provide companion or escort services for medical appointments. In addition, these services aid in emergency circumstances where family caregivers are suddenly taken ill or hospitalised.
ABLE offers three types of respite services for families:
- Regular home-based respite which provides a steady and reliable schedule where a Nurse would go into the homes to care for the Care Recipients.
- Emergency home-based respite which allows the Caregiver who is suddenly taken ill to recuperate while a Healthcare Professional attends to the bed-bound Care Recipient.
- A value-add service is the befriending programme, Person-2-Person (P2P). P2P programme is complimentary.
Apply for the Respite programmes and services
To register for ABLE’s respite services, you will need to submit an application form. Alternatively, you can contact us for assistance to fill up the application form, or view more information from the FAQs.
If you would like to volunteer your time as a befriender or in assisting in the various centre based activities, please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or complete and email the Volunteer Registration Form to us.