The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) today unveiled a new para-professional scheme to strengthen community-based eldercare services. The Senior Care Associate (SCA) scheme will form the core manpower for Senior Care Centres and Senior Home Care services.
2. SCAs will be trained to carry out personal care tasks, which include assisting clients with bathing, feeding and personal grooming. They will also conduct health-related care tasks, such as assisting in physical maintenance exercise programmes, handling clients with feeding tubes and stoma bags, and managing prescribed food supplements.
3. There will be a two–level WSQ (Workforce Skills Qualifications) training framework for SCAs. Level 1 focuses on the generic core skills, such as measuring and recording of clients’ vital signs and assisting clients in basic hygiene activities. Level 2 training imparts progressive skills such as performing simple wound dressing and physical examination procedures to enable the SCAs to work more independently. Training at both levels takes approximately two months each to complete.
4. Interested applicants who have completed a secondary education can apply to be an SCA and undergo the training. Those currently employed in the eldercare industry who have at least a secondary education, can upgrade to become SCAs if they complete the requisite training. There is also an avenue for experienced staff to be directly appointed as SCAs without having to undergo the WSQ training if they are assessed to have the necessary competencies.
5. SCAs can look forward to competitive remuneration; salary will range from $1,200 for those who complete Level 1 training and up to $2,200 for those who complete Level 2. Moving forward, MSF will be working with the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) to develop Level 3 training, where SCAs will be equipped to take on more supervisory, coaching and management roles.
6. Minister of State for Social and Family Development, Mdm Halimah Yacob, said, “MSF is committed to develop and expand community based eldercare so that seniors can age in place. High calibre, trained staff is critical to our vision of good quality eldercare. I want to encourage more people to consider a career as Senior Care Associates (SCA). We will need about 1,000 SCAs by 2016. More immediately, we hope to recruit our first 100 SCAs in the first quarter of 2013.”
7. Interested applicants may find out more about this new career scheme at a job fair for the healthcare industry on 6 December 2012 2 p.m. at e2i (Employment and Employability Institute) 141 Redhill Road, Block G, Registration Hub. They may also contact Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities (THKMC), NTUC Eldercare, TOUCH Community Services or St Luke’s ElderCare for more information.