The population of Singapore is aging rapidly and for those families with an elderly person at home, there is an increasing need for an extra pair of hands to assist to look after the loved ones. If you are looking for live-in help, do you consider a caregiver or a domestic maid? What are the differences between a caregiver vs a domestic maid? This article lists down 5 differences between a caregiver vs a domestic helper to assist families to make an informed decision.
(2) Skill Sets and Experience
Due to the differing job scope between a caregiver and a domestic maid, the skill sets required of them are different.
A Caregiver would have some form of formal training or education (such as a caregiving course, nursing aide course, diploma or even a degree) and/or experiences in looking after the elderly. Domestic maid generally does not require any formal training or education. They might have undergone some training in their home countries to equip themselves with basic skills of cleaning and cooking to ensure that they can keep the households in a good condition.
(4) Attitude to Look After the Elderly
A caregiver has the attitude and willingness to look after the elderly as this task is not an easy one. Finding a caregiver with the right attitutde is especially important to ensure that the care recipient is well looked after. As not everyone has the attitude to take care of the elderly, it is important to find those 'right' caregivers as they will then be in the job for a long period of time.
A domestic maid might not have the attitude and willingness to look after the elderly. They might just prefer to handle the household chores and/or to look after children.
As the requirements of a caregiver is higher in terms of skill sets, experiences and language skills, the remuneration of a caregiver is thus higher than a domestic maid. The renumeration of the caregiver depends on the qualification, experiences and skill sets of the caregiver.
We have listed 5 differences between a caregiver and a domestic maid. Based on the help required by the families, they should find the appropriate help, so that their needs can be well taken care of. If the help involves looking after the elderly, it is recommended that a caregiver be engaged. If the needs of the families are for household chores, they can look for a domestic maid.