CareGiver Career Club
Whether by choice or circumstance, many professionals, managers, and executives (PMEs) make the heavy decision to leave their corporate roles to be the primary caregivers for their loved ones, usually an aged parent. They sacrifice much by putting their careers on indefinite hold.
Beyond care giving, and after prolonged absence from the workplace, these PME caregivers worry about their professional relevance. They worry about re-adapting to the work culture. In some cases, the toil of care giving has created social isolation and if neglected further, there is a risk of falling into depression.
The Silver Spring CareGiver Career Club provides a channel of hope. We hope to bring together caregivers in various phases of care giving, current or past, who are seeking some form of gainful employment. Tapping on Silver Spring's integrated resource matching platform, we want to empower PME caregivers to reconnect their passion for work, as well as sharpen their professional skills.
We invite PME caregivers to join our club and spread the word "you need not feel you are alone". Write to us and share your situation. Together, we can build the club that gives caregivers a second career chance.
Local start-up unveils online caregiving portal
By Kenneth Cheng, TODAY
POSTED: 04 Feb 2015 08:17
TODAY reports: Caregiver Asia is looking to match those seeking care services with qualified professionals through its online portal.
SINGAPORE: A local start-up has launched an online portal to match those seeking services such as step-down and at-home care with qualified caregiving professionals, in the hope that it will bring relief to those in need of such help.
The portal, www.caregiverasia.com, will also allow health and caregiving professionals, such as nurses and allied health practitioners, to list their services on the site.
Caregiver Asia chief executive Yeo Wan Ling said failure to receive trusted and on-time care, especially when it comes to the care of a loved one, could lead to heartache and stress for a family.
“We believe that everyone deserves to have easy and transparent access to accredited, reasonably priced and quality care services,” she said.
Those who require such assistance may register with the portal and select from a range of caregiving services, including dementia, rehabilitative and special-needs care. Also listed are the caregiving professionals’ terms and conditions of service, such as the cost and length of each session as well as a short profile and reviews, among other things.
Health and caregiving professionals can sign up at the site and state their areas of speciality, years of experience, qualifications and other details. Certificates uploaded are screened and verified by the company.
Charges are determined solely by the caregiver and paid to him or her up to three days after a service has been rendered. An additional booking fee of 6 per cent of the total charges goes to Caregiver Asia and will be borne by the client.
DEMAND AND SUPPLY
As of press time, the site had all of eight postings by caregiving professionals, but Ms Yeo said 8,000 of such practitioners across the Asia-Pacific region, most of whom are in Singapore, are already registered on the firm’s database. They just have not activated their accounts yet, she said.
The firm will be intensifying its community efforts to reach out to these practitioners and hopes to have most of them come on board by the first quarter of the year, said Ms Yeo.
When asked what could be done to keep high fees in check, Ms Yeo said those who charge exorbitant fees would not receive bookings. “This would be a matter of demand meets supply.”
Only caregiving professionals who are Singaporeans or permanent residents can sign up to provide services here.
Ms Yeo said the company plans to extend the portal’s reach to other parts of Asia, including Malaysia and Hong Kong, and it hopes to build a network of one million caregiving practitioners across the region by year-end. The portal will also be available as a mobile application on Android devices from Feb 14, while plans are in place to roll it out to Apple devices by the end of this quarter.
Online portal launched to search and book services with caregivers
By Kenneth Cheng
- February 3
SINGAPORE — People in need of respite, step-down and at-home care will now be able to book and confirm their appointments instantly.
Caregiver Asia launched a new online matching portal (http://www.caregiverasia.com ) today (Feb 3), which allows people to search and book services with caregivers. It also allows healthcare and caregiving professionals, such as doctors, allied-health professionals and nurse aides, to list their services on the portal.
Practitioners can state their areas of specialty, along with their terms and conditions of service, giving them the opportunity to cast a wider net for those requiring care services.
Caregiver Asia chief executive Yeo Wan Ling said the failure to receive trusted and on-time care, especially when it comes to the care of a loved one, could lead to heartache and stress for a family. “We believe that everyone deserves to have easy and transparent access to accredited, reasonably priced and quality care services,” she said.
The portal will also give those unable to work full time an opportunity to re-enter the workforce as independent health and care practitioners. Towards this end, Caregiver Asia, which was established last February, will partner Silver Spring, a social enterprise that helps mid-career professionals find second careers.
“Through (the) portal, retired nurses and mid-career switchers, who have much to contribute in terms of their expertise and energy ... can find creative outlets to provide their services,” said Silver Spring founding partner and chief executive Helen Lim.
Caregiver Asia has plans to extend the portal, which took half a year to develop, to other parts of Asia, including Malaysia and Hong Kong, and hopes to build a network of one million caregivers across the region by year’s end.
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