Gift Of Love
The pain of losing her beloved father and grandmother drove Yeo Wan Ling to set up Caregiver Asia, an online platform that matches caregivers with those in need of home care services 亚洲博爱集团创办人兼总裁杨涴淩几年内痛失挚爱的父亲和外婆，但他们留下的爱，却给了杨涴淩创办能造福人间的事业的启示。
The biggest regret of Yeo Wan Ling’s life is not being able to say goodbye to the two most important people in her life when they died.
She was in Hong Kong when her maternal grandmother died in February this year. It was the same story seven years ago, when her father died. Yeo, then a director with Contact Singapore, a division of the Singapore Economic Development Board, was on her way to Shanghai from Hong Kong.
With tears in her eyes, the 41-year-old recalls how she failed to make it back in time on both occasions.
Her dad, a doctor in his 60s, had refused to seek medical treatment for a heart valve disorder. He was still seeing patients at his clinic on the day he died.
Frequent overseas job postings to cities such as Chicago, Hong Kong and Shanghai meant Yeo was seldom at home then. “When my father died, I thought: If only I could make remote arrangements for him to see a doctor he preferred. Perhaps then he could have lived for a few more years,” she laments.
Then in 2014, her grandmother fell gravely ill and spent 14 days in the intensive care unit. Arranging for home nursing care after she was discharged proved to be both stressful and costly. That experience, however, gave Yeo a business idea.
“I thought if there was a way in which I could resolve manpower issues no matter where I was, I would be able to find a suitable and affordable caregiver for my grandmother more quickly.”
So she decided to quit her job and strike out on her own, setting up Caregiver Asia in 2014. The online portal matches those seeking a wide range of care services, such as home care, home therapy and babysitting, with qualified caregivers.
“I feel that it is my father and grandmother who were urging me to do this,” says Yeo, the company’s chief executive. “It’s as if they used their