One-on-one training equips foreign domestic helpers with skills
Population ageing is expected to continue. People may rely on foreign domestic helpers to look after the aged members at home. However, helpers with no or little professional training might endanger the lives of the elderly and even the helpers themselves, not to mention the inability to take good care of the aged. To help families to cope with the potential threats, the Association launches the Y Good Helper programme.
Registered nurses of Y Good Helper will pay home visit before tailoring a syllabus based on the needs of the elderly, the capability of the domestic helpers, the household environment, etc. The Good Helper trainers will conduct a 5-day, a total of 15 hours, programme, one-on-one for the domestic helpers. Having lessons at home allows the helpers to compare real life situations and seek advices for everyday problems. Follow-up service will further assist the employers to review helpers’ performance, and provide guidance if necessary.
The major difference between Y Good Helper and similar programmes in the market is that the former emphasises uniqueness. Other programmes are mainly conducted in groups and talk about basic techniques. However, the helpers may not be able to practise what they have learnt if the health condition of the elderly is complex, or the home environment does not fit, etc. The Association spent two years doing research, training, and trial programme, so as to ensure we respond to the needs of the elderly and contribute to aging in place.
The trials went well. One of the helpers found it easier and safer to help the aged members to shower after learning how to lift and transfer an elderly. The elderly and other family members were aware of her improvement and became more confident on her.