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Caregiver Career Guide
A caregiver is a worker qualified to provide personal care independently or with minimal supervision to children, elderly or disabled persons at either client's home or at an institution.
A caregiver is also a person responsible for the psychological & physical needs of an infant, child or adult.
* Bathe, dress infants and toddlers and put them to sleep and maintain
* Foster the social, intellectual, physical and emotional development of children;
* Provide assistance in the elderly care needs and that of people with disabilities;
* Make up beds, perform laundry, cook meals and dishes according to recipes;
* Maintain a healthy and safe environment;
* Respond to emergencies and accidents.
Caregiver Basic Educational Requirement
* At least a second year college education or two-year diploma course;
* Completion of a training course on care giving.
Caregiver Skills and CompetenciesA Caregiver is expected to be equipped with the following knowledge and skills:
* Use of materials' specification and its uses (bed pans and catheter, gauze pads, linens, bed sheets, towels, etc.);
* Use of tools/equipment and instrument (wheelchair and other ambulatory equipment.);
* Measurement and mathematics;
* Hygiene, proper health care and infant care;
* Work ethics;
* Time and management;
* First aid treatment;
* Dietary requirements;
* Values and interpersonal skills, self-esteem and process ageing.
Caregiver Physical Attributes and Characteristics* Physically and Mentally healthy;
* Good Moral character
Caregiver Salary / Compensation
* P10,000 -12,000 per month - local
* $3,083 (P 157,233) to $4,333 (P 220,983) a month - overseas (USA & Canada)
Caregiver Prospects for Career Advancement
To enter other health occupations is the next career move for a Caregiver. Caregivers generally need additional formal training and education on related health and medical sciences.
Experience as a Caregiver can also help individuals decide whether to pursue a career in other health-care fields.
Caregiver Employment Opportunities
Most Caregivers work abroad, in countries like Taiwan, Israel, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
Emerging host destinations which will accommodate Filipino Caregivers are the following: Albania, Australia, the Bahamas, Bahrain, Bermuda, the Cayman Island, Cyprus, Hongkong, India, Ireland, Italy, Kuwait, Mexico, Saipan, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Tajikistan, Tinian, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.
Caregiver Training Course
Duration - 6 months Cost - Ranges from P20,000 to P25,000
For those who have completed and passed the care giving course, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is providing assessment of caregivers competencies.
* Based on 2007 rates