2012. The year Kit Chan turned 40. And the year her mum was diagnosed with osteoporosis after suffering a hip fracture from a fall. In the subsequent months immediately after the accident, Kit’s family had to scramble to get used to what she describes as the “new normal”, a process that left the family “very stressed out”.
And one of the biggest challenges they had to work through was that Mama Chan had yet to “come to terms with her diagnosis”.
“She was frustrated and unhappy, and the whole family got really stressed out as a result,” Kit, now 48, shared during a phone interview with 8days.sg.
“[For caregivers], being understanding and accepting is very important. In the beginning, we tried to encourage her to do the things she used to do, but she was very resistant to the idea of it. It soon became as if we were just focusing on her failures. We thought we were being encouraging, but we weren’t at all!” Kit says.