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More home care staff needed in Singapore

Rising demand for such services sees scramble to find quality manpower

Published on Mar 26, 2014 8:14 AM

Demand for home care services is booming, causing a scramble among care operators to attract more quality manpower.

One of the largest players is NTUC Eldercare, which saw a 50 per cent increase in client numbers last year. It has about 100 care officers and is planning to nearly double this number in six years' time.

Another voluntary welfare group, Touch Community Services, wants to add 20 care staff to its current 76 by the end of the year. It had about 1,600 clients last year, a 20 per cent increase from 2012.

Home care patients are typically wheelchair-bound or bedridden and need help for daily tasks such as changing, bathing, or eating. Caregivers also conduct simple exercise sessions and in many cases lend a listening ear.

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