The office of FAST at Jalan Bukit Merah in Singapore. Photo: Google Maps

Foreign domestic helpers in Singapore who completed a training program on elderly care organized by a charity organization in the city were able to enjoy significant pay rise.

The four-month specialist home-based eldercare program, launched by the Foreign Domestic Worker Association for Social Support and Training (FAST) and conducted by the CARE Academy, aimed to equip potential maids with skills and knowledge required for taking proper care of the elderly, or people with needs, Lianhe Wanbao (Singapore) reported.

The course included 165 hours of lectures and practical training sessions, from hygiene and pain management to diet care.

A 36-year-old Filipina named Anabelle completed the course with excellent results in June this year. After doing this, she said she would like to put her newly-acquired skills into practice – so she quit her job as a domestic helper for an elderly couple in their seventies, as they were able to take care of themselves independently.

A new employer acknowledged her home-nursing-care skills and offered her S$250 (US$185) more – about 35% higher than the average wage for a maid – to look after a 96-year-old elderly father who suffers from mild dementia and has difficulty walking.

The course costs S$500, but prospective maids only have to pay S$120 with subsidies given by FAST.

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