What is a Home Caregiver?
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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, cancer, etc. They may help for a long time or just a short 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 mainly for elderly people.
Help with daily activities 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. Being in a familiar surrounding is critical for keeping an elderly person happy, and most importantly, for avoiding loneliness.
When you give an existing caregiver a break, it is called called “respite care.” Caregiving is hard work and often emotional work. Giving a caregiver a break is a great way to let them “recharge,” while bringing in someone for a day or two to help out. This could allow the caregiver to address personal issues, visit friends or family, or have a holiday.
When a spouse dies, this can be a tough time for the senior and family. He or she could be alone now and needs help around the clock, could just feel lonely, or both. Children perhaps are not prepared to address this situation and home caregivers can help.
If someone is recovering from an illness at home, it’s an excellent time to bring in a caregiver to help someone until they can manage on their own. This helps to maintain their sense of independence, and it helps get them through an important post-illness time period.
When someone is near the end of their life, it is an important and difficult time for the loved ones of the elderly person too. A home caregiver can help out nurses and other medical professionals who may be helping the patient at home with things like running errands, ensuring the patient is never alone, and helping the family with everyday needs the may be incapable of handling at the moment.
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, 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.
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.
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