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Caregiver

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.

Tasks

  • Bathe, dress infants and toddlers and put them to sleep and maintain children's paraphernalia;
  • Foster the social, intellectual, physical and emotional development of children;
  • Provide assistance in the elderly's 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.

Basic Educational and Training Requirements

  • At least a second year college education or two-year diploma course;
  • Completion of a training course on care giving.

Skills and Competencies

A 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.

Physical Attributes/Characteristics

  • Physically and Mentally healthy;
  • Good Moral character

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)

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.

Physical Attributes/Characteristics

  • Physically and Mentally healthy;
  • Good Moral character

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)

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.

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.

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

 
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