More than 10 years ago, Ming’s father had his first stroke. In the last 12 months, he’s been hospitalised three times and is now bedridden at home. Ming’s mother, Mee Ling has been the primary at-home carer, but the role was taking a toll on her.
“From our cultural background, it is almost taboo to send parents to rest homes when they need care. As sons and daughters, we want to fulfil our filial duty to our parents, to be able to help them and to let them live peaceful lives,” said Ming.
Ming and his brothers' sense of responsibility for his parents’ happiness led them to organise home assistance through Arvida Good Friends.
“When we found out about Arvida Good Friends, it was great for us. Not only is there someone looking after Dad, but also someone who can give Mum a bit of her own ‘me’ time.”
When the Arvida Good Friends helper is on duty, Ming’s mother Mee Ling can get out of the house, meet up with her friends and do her normal shopping routine.
“Things can be very unpredictable for us and we like to have a bit of certainty in terms of organisation and managing. Good Friends is helping us through a very difficult time of our lives.”
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It’s a wonderful service and one that I’d never experienced before from somebody outside the family
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They’re dependable and they’re very caring - like a friend
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We felt the need for more help than was provided by the hospital, and we couldn’t put up with three, four, five people a day coming in.