I am a caregiver to my love recipient – my mother (80 years old) . She suffers from dementia 10 years ago.
I have a domestic helper to assist me. I am a working professional to earn incomes for my mother’s care.
However, I have few pain points in taking my mother for the past years.
Pain points :
1) Feel lonely and lost – do not have enough information and knowledge in coping mother’s condition. There is no sharing. It will be good that I know there is a community that shares the same challenges, and they can also share their experience. With these tips, I can also learn from them.
2) Medical advice – I am clueless at some of my mother medical conditions. At times, she will have some sickness, but I do not knowhow to handle. It is not easy to bring my mother to clinic as she is on wheel chair now. Sometimes, I wish I can get some advices or tips to handling my mother physical sickness.
3) Help – Though I have helper and my sister to support, at times I need some short-term help. While I am working and cannot get family help, it will good that there is some external help for minor task.
4) It is our culture that people do not ask help from stranger. It is about "face" image. We don't feel comfortable to ask help from the strangers. It will be good that if I can also show and give help after getting a favor from someone. A reciprocal of gesture in exchange of help.
With the above pain points, I decided to prototype a website (thekindnessjoint.sg) for people to ask for help and to reward people to render help. People received help will get token, and in return can use the token to ask for any future help.
I am not monetarize “kindness”. In fact, I have this dream that people will help each other and return kindness to each other or even return kindness to the next requester. That’s why I name the project – dkindness joint (d—dementia).
My believe; TheKindnessJoint is a place together and JOIN people who want to gift small favors to others and create a BETTER world. Everyone can give a small act of kindness to anyone regardless of age, gender, status and ability.