Home cleaners under the Household Services Scheme cannot replace live-in maids because its purpose is mainly to handle household chores.
As we are facing a greying population, more families need help with taking care of seniors who are living longer, but in weaker health.
These seniors need almost round-the-clock assistance for basic activities, which only live-in maids can provide.
With family sizes shrinking, there are more seniors who are living only with maids.
These maids can provide companionship to seniors as well as keep a close watch on them, which cleaners under the scheme cannot provide.
Lim Lih Mei