NTUC inks deal with Caregiver Asia
The two agreements include providing caregiver services as well as training and employment opportunities.
Caregiver Asia, a company that provides on-demand care services, and two National Trades Union Congress’ (NTUC) social enterprises have inked separate agreements to collaborate to provide caregiver services over Caregiver Asia’s online platform, and to train and accredit caregivers to be freelance caregivers in homes.
NTUC Health will provide a comprehensive range of quality and affordable homecare services including home personal care and home healthcare services through Caregiver Asia’s online caregiver booking platform. Online booking for NTUC Health’s team of medical professionals and trained caregivers is immediate and hassle-free.
NTUC LearningHub (LHUB) will also collaborate with Caregiver Asia to upgrade the knowledge and skill set of freelance home caregivers through a series of Workforce Skills Qualification (WSQ) courses and individuals can use their SkillsFuture credit for these courses. They include: WSQ Work in a Safe Working Environment that Meets the Workplace Safety and Health (Healthcare) Guidelines, WSQ Assist Clients with Clinical Care Needs, and WSQ Support Clients in Rehabilitation Exercises and Activities of Daily Living.
Yeo Wan Ling, CEO of Caregiver Asia, said, “With the training accreditation, it will increase caregivers’ expertise and knowledge as well as assure ‘careseekers’ that the services rendered are up-to-date and professional.”
In addition, LHUB and Caregiver Asia will produce three sets of three-minute e-learning videos on the proper and appropriate techniques on hand hygiene, grooming and communication for caregivers. These videos will help in preparing caregivers for home caregiving and will be hosted on Caregiver Asia’s e-learning platform.
Added Kwek Kok Kwong, CEO of NTUC LearningHub: “We are pleased to be working with Caregiver Asia on this project. Singapore is ageing fast. The need for manpower in the eldercare industry is increasing correspondingly and we hope to equip our eldercare workers with the relevant skill set. The training will also help family members who are taking care of their elderlies at home. Through this initiative, we hope to build a robust eco-system of elder carers to cope with the ageing population in Singapore.”
(** PHOTO CREDITS: Caregiver Asia)