Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Rohani Binti Ghazali. I am a trained and certified Care Professional with Homage. I decided to be a caregiver because I wanted to be with the elderly who require caregiving services.
What is Homage Malaysia? And please tell us more about your role in Homage.
Homage Malaysia is an award-winning, on-demand holistic home care solution that provides care for individuals ranging from personal care covering Activities of Daily Living, nursing care and therapy such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. We also do in-home and corporate COVID swab tests at the moment.
As a Care Professional, my role is to care for individuals for their daily living activities such as companionship, night care, personal hygiene and even meal preparation.
What began your interest in focusing on working on individuals with cancer?
I was caring for my late mother in a hospital in Singapore (where half my family is and the other half here in Malaysia) and I missed her after she passed away. I needed to heal my soul and be near the elderly and help those who needed a sincere trained hand to hold them and reduce their worries. I realised that I might reach that same stage where I need a caregiver at hand. I knew it would be tough but I felt that if I care sincerely and with empathy, I should be able to do a good job of helping out. The emotional strain is inevitable but I try to hold it in until I am alone in my room at home where I can reflect by myself.
Could you tell us the different types of skills needed for cancer care?
Beyond the usual needs such as medication and treatment, we also need to deal with the emotional challenges’ individuals would have especially when their hormones will be affected from radiotherapy or chemo. Hence, a person giving care to cancer individuals would need to have patience and resilience in dealing with their emotional ups and downs.
How is caring for someone with a critical illness different now during a global pandemic?
Consistent sanitising and consciously washing my hands as well as wearing a 3-layer face mask at all times. This is done conscientiously before and after touching patients and medical equipment. Alcohol swabs are used to wipe down catheters before and after any procedure like draining, etc. I always remind myself and others around me so that everybody can be safe. You can never be too safe when it comes to times like these.
What is something most people don’t know about cancer and cancer care?
That cancer may be curable, is not a death sentence; can be avoided by not smoking and leading a healthy lifestyle.
What is the best part of your job?
As a caregiver, to give hope, cheer them up from their despair and give the care recipient a reason to smile and embrace life. Knowing that I am able to reduce some burden from the family members that he/she is not alone also makes my role fulfilling.
What about the most challenging part?
The individual can be in an unexpressed great pain & wants immediate relief from the pain. Family members in turn feel frustrated, feel helpless & tired, and it can be especially difficult to be the bridge between family members.
We want to thank you again for the interview. For our readers who might be interested to learn more about Homage Malaysia, where can they get more information from?