My caring role included looking after Mum, who had terminal cancer, and Dad who had vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s.
We underwent many trials and tribulations including trying to access appropriate services, coping with the cultural expectations and biases of being part of an Asian community.
As a working carer I had to juggle constantly between my parents and my job. Daycare became very important to me because I was working full time and I was worried about Dad’s safety.
It was as a direct result of my experiences that I began working for charities focusing on Asian families living with dementia. I was incredibly fortunate to have access to appropriate daycare; the carers I work with now are struggling due to cuts in services.
My experiences have given me courage to speak out not only about my experiences but of the families I work with on a regular basis.