SeniorCareAsia was conceived by husband and wife team, Gregg Parker and Jeamie Lee Parker.

Jeamie’s Story told by Gregg

Jeamie’s grannie had just turned 91 and was struggling to cope. She had caught a terrible stomach bug that was going around, which quickly escalated into something more serious given she was a diabetic. We checked her into University Hospital where she was diagnosed with severe hypoglycemia and was instantly admitted.

Her condition was up and down for days, and her blood sugar level would not stabilise, which was only exacerbated by the terrible flu bug. Grannie was miserable and constantly threatened to leave the hospital. Finally, after five days in the hospital, the family felt that grannie would be more comfortable recovering at home.

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Jeamie’s Story told by Gregg

Jeamie’s grannie had just turned 91 and was struggling to cope. She had caught a terrible stomach bug that was going around, which quickly escalated into something more serious given she was a diabetic. We checked her into University Hospital where she was diagnosed with severe hypoglycemia and was instantly admitted.

Her condition was up and down for days, and her blood sugar level would not stabilise, which was only exacerbated by the terrible flu bug. Grannie was miserable and constantly threatened to leave the hospital. Finally, after five days in the hospital, the family felt that grannie would be more comfortable recovering at home.

SeniorCareAsia was conceived by husband and wife team, Gregg Parker and Jeamie Lee Parker.

But that’s when it went downhill.

Back at home, with limited experience and knowledge caring for a sick senior person, the family rallied together and learnt through trial and error.

We were underprepared for what was to come. First, we underestimated how heavy grannie’s weight was. The illness had rendered grannie completely immobile.

She was not able to lift her legs up nor exert pressure on her left leg due to a previous hip replacement surgery.

To make matters worse, she was constantly crying out in pain, every part of her body ached and we couldn’t figure out why. As we were unable to get her to the toilet successfully, we had to resort to diapers. The adults, grannie’s immediate children, took turns caring for her in shifts, but lack of sleep soon took a toll on everyone.

Grannie desperately needed support.
We, needed support.

Jeamie knew home care was the key but had no idea where to start. It took hours of googling and asking friends until we were finally referred to a Filipino caregiver who was able to provide the care and support grannie needed. It made a big difference.

The caregiver showed us the correct way to lift and turn grannie, how to clean and wash her, and also demonstrated how to keep grannie hydrated using a syringe. When grannie was crying out in pain, the caregiver soothed her and helped her sleep. Those few days of respite were a blessing and an education.

I recall my elders, my uncles, sharing with me that they were completely rendered helpless and just didn’t know what to do to help their mum. They were successful, educated men, but when it came to being in the face of such suffering, they were completely dumbfounded. I do not fault them.

No one was prepared, unless they had been trained to handle such a delicate situation. Hence, when my husband and I were presented with the opportunity to add value to this underserved market, we jumped at the opportunity to act as a catalyst for senior care education.

—Jeamie

Not long after, grannie passed away at home peacefully, just the way she would have wanted. She was deeply loved and will always be missed.

Was it just Jeamie or were there other people who had nobody to reach out too? Nobody to confide in. No fellow caregiver to ask. Why was it so hard?

Gregg’s Story told by Jeamie

Gregg loves to read books, especially business books. This time was different, he was looking for something to get his teeth into, something that resonated with him. A business where he could add value, make an impact and leave a legacy for our children.

In 2013, he worked on the Women Deliver Congress in KL, a global event bringing together world leaders, opinion formers, NGO’s and government bodies to empower change for the rights of women and children around the globe. He came back and shared that he had seen real people, working together to make real life changes.

It was a combination of his passion for healthcare, background in marketing and public relations, and continued research in the field of ageing care that led him to believe ‘we were onto something important here’.

He knew we needed to spend more time listening, and that’s what we did.

That’s why we created SeniorCareAsia.

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We created SeniorCareAsia for the grown man that was bullied and harassed by his family members for putting his mother in a wonderful care home she actually loved.

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We created SeniorCareAsia for the daughter at her wit’s end, praying we had the answers to managing her mother’s dementia as she could barely take another sleepless night..

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We created SeniorCareAsia for the young lady in her forties who attended our senior care focus group in the knowledge her mother’s memory was fading fast and she would soon need the support of a caregiver.

Tell your friends SeniorCareAsia has opened its doors.

People don’t need another article on the perils of dementia; they need an immediate solution to handling their mother who is waking up at 4am flicking on and off the light switch. They need practical advice and support on how to cope

This is why we created SeniorCareAsia. It’s a resource for wives, husbands, sons, daughters, grandchildren, loved ones, and professional carers to network, interact, seek advice, and ask questions. It’s a safe space to learn and share.

—Gregg & Jeamie

Sept 2017

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