UNEMPLOYED? NEED A GOOD JOB? BEING A CAREGIVER COULD BE FOR YOU!
Good-paying jobs are available now for caregivers
Like many countries around the world, Malaysia now faces a jobs shortage. Due to COVID-19, many jobs have disappeared and a lot of jobs may never come back as companies move their businesses online. If you are one of these people facing a job search, you’ll likely be competing with many others for scarce jobs. In fact, studies show that for every position available, recruiters are seeing up to 10 times more applicants. How do you compete in this environment? One way to get ahead of the pack and find a job more quickly is to consider a caregiving job.
What exactly is a caregiver? What’s involved in this work? What is the pay? The benefits?
A “caregiver" refers to anyone who provides care for another person. There are different types of caregivers that provide specific care, like family caregivers and respite caregivers or caregivers who work with certain types of people, like those with dementia, Parkinson’s disease, or cancer. They may help for a long period of time or just a short amount of time, but their care is always important. The key is that caregivers usually provide non-medical support. Caregivers are not nurses (though they may do things like taking someone’s temperature--anything a mother might do), and they are not maids (though some light housekeeping or preparing meals for a patient maybe be involved). More often than not, they tend to care for elderly people.
Helping with day-to-day needs, or “Activities of Daily Living” (ADL), for an older person who could be slowing down a bit or is frail and needs some support at home is a key activity of the caregiver. The objective is to help maintain the independence of the elderly person in his or her own, comfortable and familiar home environment.
If someone is facing a chronic or long-term illness, caregivers are particularly important. Besides handling daily activities, a caregiver can help manage the impacts of an illness such as side effects, medication compliance, and help with bathing, using the toilet, dressing, eating, and other activities that pose special challenges for patients. A caregiver for a chronic patient can help ease their mind and ensure they are comfortable at home.
Caregivers don’t always work in someone’s home. Many caregivers also work in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, rehab centres, senior living communities, and other environments. These are places where the elderly, disabled, those with long-term illnesses, or others in recovery, could be living for a short stay or longer.
Benefits & Challenges of Home Caregiving Jobs
There are many benefits in having a job as a caregiver that many Malaysians may not be aware of. These benefits include:
It pays better. Many customer service jobs and retail jobs pay around RM 1200 to RM 2500 per month. Caregiver jobs pay up to RM 3500 per month, sometimes more.
Almost anyone can qualify to be a caregiver. Because caregiving is a non-medical position, with only two months of training can quickly put you in a caregiving job. With this training, the opportunities for work in patients’ homes, in a nursing home and other facilities, will be open to trained caregivers.
Caregivers are in demand. Even during COVID-19, while many people are losing their jobs, most caregivers are still working and being paid.
Steady work. Caregiving and related healthcare work is generally recession-proof.
Job advancement. While most customer service jobs and retail jobs offer little opportunity for career progression, caregiving can lead to specialization such as working with dementia patients or those with terminal illnesses which can result in better pay.
Caregivers are helping people. The most rewarding aspect of being a caregiver is helping people--those who may be elderly and frail, others who may be disabled or recovering from an accident or have a long-term disease. Whatever the case, there can be few other more rewarding jobs than caregiving.
Caregiving in a client’s home requires some of the same skills as the same work in any setting--like a nursing home--but it is also a bit unique. Most caregivers like working with clients in their homes because:
You like working directly with one person and developing a close relationship with a client.
You like flexibility and the independence that comes with your work.
You are flexible, creative and good at “thinking on your feet.”
You like tasks such as cooking for others, helping elderly people with errands and shopping, dressing and bathing, and talking with and participating in activities with your clients.
You like helping people and seeing them happy.
You enjoy a homey environment.
You like helping older people lead full, productive, safe and happy lives.
However, you may be a better fit for a caregiving job in a nursing home, hospice or assisted living facility setting because:
You like having a routine and want your boss to tell you what to do when.
You prefer working with others each day
You like working with different people and don't enjoy spending time conversing with clients or working together one-on-one.
You prefer having supervision on a daily basis.
You like having standardized supplies and a uniform environment for working.
How do you start if you want to be a caregiver?
Now that you know more about what is involved in being a caregiver, where do you start? Many companies hire caregivers in Malaysia. Just searching online and you will find many opportunities. However, if you have no experience you can take an inexpensive training course and get certified fast to start your new career. Proper training will give you a leg up on others seeking these jobs and you’ll be more attractive to employers.
There are a variety of training programs available. A quick Google search will show you a variety of training programs. However, be sure that any training program is well-established, includes highly qualified trainers and offers a credible certificate of completion.
One such well-established training is offered by nursing home group Jasper Lodge and SAA, one of the world’s biggest and best caregiver training programs. The good news is that it will only cost you RM 100 upfront and you can get started today. The course includes one-month of online training and one-month of on-site practical training at Jasper Lodge (https://www.jasperlodge.com.my/home).
Online and on-site training is provided with a guaranteed job offer. All you have to do is pay an enrollment fee of RM100, complete the training course and start working immediately.
What are you waiting for? Your new career is just around the corner!
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