In Aug 2022, Desmond enrolled in the Eldercare Aide Training programme (EdCAT), run by the PCS Institute of Special Programmes and Continual Equipping (iSPACE). EdCAT is a joint effort of our Special Needs Services and Seniors Services to prepare persons with mild intellectual disabilities to work in the eldercare sector.
“I believe that those like Desmond can contribute positively, and make a difference in the lives of the seniors here,” says Mr Yang Yam Seong, the Centre Supervisor of Presbyterian Eldercare @ Potong Pasir where Desmond was posted for work attachment as part of the course.
For the past 8 years, Desmond worked as a centre aide at one of our senior centres. Through this course, he has gained a newfound confidence and appreciation for working with seniors.
“The seniors felt closer to me because I had more opportunities to interact with them, while I did their vital signs monitoring and assisted them in activities. I began to smile and speak more with them,” says Desmond. EdCAT maximises the potential of those with mild disabilities and contributes much-needed manpower to the eldercare sector.
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在2022年八月时，Desmond开始在《长者 护理学习班 》EdCAT学习以《长老会社区服务》旗下 iSPACE 承办的培训班。EdCAT不但使到轻微智障青年的潜力充分发挥，也减缓长者工作人员缺乏的压力。
Desmond已经有在长者中心八年的清洁工作经验，加上新的学习知识便使他信心倍增地服务长者。“现在我和长者的互动机会越来越多，共鸣也越来越深。在日常活动和健康数据测量的过程中，我和长者之间的沟通欢笑更精彩了。” Desmond 高兴地分享。
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