Maids can take online course in care-giving

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Maids can take online course in care-giving

Postby Zhuge » Sun Oct 28, 2012 4:39 pm

Maids can take online course in care-giving
Published on Oct 25, 2012

By Amelia Tan
MAIDS can now pick up care-giving skills during their free time by taking an online course.

It will also help their employers qualify for a monthly government stipend of $120 to help with the cost of hiring a domestic worker to take care of frail, elderly or disabled family members.

The course, developed by Singapore company BH Institute, has been approved by the Centre for Enabled Living.

There are two parts. The first is a 20-module programme called Medically Informed Minders, which gives the maids basic knowledge of dealing with the elderly, such as spotting warning signs on health problems.

The modules, which each take 20 minutes to cover, can be worked on at any time using smartphones and computers. They are offered in English, Tagalog and Bahasa Indonesia.

The second part of the course involves a series of 13 seminars that cover topics such as preventing falls and tending to wounds. Each seminar is about an hour long, and is in English.

The course costs $200, but it can be offset by applying for a Caregivers Training Grant, administered by the Centre for Enabled Living. A spokesman for the centre said the online course provides an alternative method of learning for caregivers who are Web-savvy and who may not be able to leave the side of the person they are caring for.

The monthly stipend comes from the Foreign Domestic Worker Grant, which is expected to cost $25 million over the next five years. Eventually, more than 6,000 middle- and low-income families are expected to benefit.

To qualify, households must have a monthly income of $2,200 per head or less. The elderly or disabled family member must live with the applicant and be assessed by a doctor as needing help with basic activities such as taking a shower.

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Re: Maids can take online course in care-giving

Postby Zhuge » Sun Oct 28, 2012 4:39 pm

Online course for maids to learn about caring for frail elderly or disabled
By Dylan Loh | Posted: 24 October 2012 2157 hrs

SINGAPORE: Employers can now send their maids to an online course to qualify for the Foreign Domestic Worker Grant.

The S$120 monthly government grant subsidises the cost of caring for the frail elderly or disabled.

Employers have had to send maids through physical courses which taught the domestic workers how to look after the elderly or disabled to qualify for the grant.

But with the online course, called Medically Informed Minders, run by BH Institute, employers can take the virtual route to getting the grant.

The interactive course comprises 20 modules that help maids develop an understanding of common physical, mental and social changes, as well as difficulties, experienced by the elderly.

Modules are offered in three languages - English, Tagalog and Bahasa Indonesia.

Each module takes 20 minutes and participants have up to six weeks to complete the entire course.

The course costs S$200 but the amount can be refunded through the Caregiver Training Grant once the online test at the end of the training course has been passed.

- CNA/xq

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Re: Maids can take online course in care-giving

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