Caregiver Course and Career Info Description
You need to have a two-year diploma course or at least finished your second year in college education to be able to become a professional caregiver. In addition to this, you also need to undergo a care-giving course. This course teaches you how to properly care for babies, toddlers, and the elderly people, including bathing, grooming, feeding, and giving them their medications. This also includes helping them move around, cooking meals for them, washing the dishes, and seeing to it that the environment is safe and healthy for their charge.
Cost of Education:
Care-giving training programs can cost anywhere from P20,000 to P25,000. This covers a six-month training course. After the training program, the student has to undergo competency and skills assessment provided by TESDA.
Top Universities for Course:
- Some of the TESDA-accredited schools that offer care-giving courses included Mary Johnston College in Tondo, Manila; College of the Holy Spirit of Manila, Arellano University in Samaploc, Manila; Adamson University in Manila; Emilio Aguinaldo College in Ermita, Manila; Philippine Women’s University; St. Augustine School of Nursing in Las Pinas City, TESDA Women’s Center; among others.
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Course Skills and Factors
- Physically fit.
- Mentally fit.
- Trustworthiness with good moral character.
- Pleasing personality.
- Good grasp of the English language, if you’re going to work abroad.
- Interpersonal skills.
- Excellent values and work ethics.
- Good personal hygiene.
- Time management skills.
- First-aid treatment knowledge and training.
- Knowledge of common medical instruments and devices such as thermometer, blood pressure monitoring device, and ambulatory devices like wheelchair and cane.
- Knowledge of common medical materials and their uses.
- The main responsibility of a caregiver is to provide personal and medical care to his or her charge. This includes giving baths, dressing, feeding, giving medicines, and generally assisting in activities of daily living including going to the bathroom. The caregiver also provides ambulatory assistance to elderly patients, responding to medical emergencies as well as accidents, providing companionship, and basically seeing to it that the patient is healthy, safe, and happy.
Career Outlook and Global Demand
There is a very huge demand for Filipino caregivers abroad. Some countries that hire Filipino caregivers include the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Australia, and Canada. Middle Eastern countries like the United Aram Emirates and Kuwait also hire Filipino caregivers.
Locally, caregivers typically earn P10,000 to P12,000 monthly. But abroad, Filipino caregivers earn as much as P130,000 to 221,000 monthly.
Opportunities for Advancement:
If you want to advance your career in the medical industry, you could always go back to college and take up medical-related courses such as nursing and medical technician.