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Housemaids Taking Care of the Elderly – Six Major Crises (Part 4)
2011-09-19

Most Hong Kong people think that they can be fully at ease when there is a maid in the household. In fact, maids are not panacea for the elderly. When they cannot fulfill their employers’ expectation and find it unbearable, they seek for another employer.

There was once a lady who hired a maid to look after her disabled husband who required a breathing apparatus. The maid quit after working for only 3 months and the new maid was clumsy and unable to learn how to care for the husband despite lengthy training sessions.

The above-mentioned case reveals the fact that household maids lack professional knowledge of nursing. What the lady needs is an experienced health worker. However, the number of health worker is limited in Hong Kong and long-term employment can be very expensive.

Employers and maids are constantly dissatisfied with each other, the former with high expectation and the latter with low nursing ability. I would suggest that employers could seek help from professional nurses by inviting them home so that they can monitor the health conditions of the elderly and have experienced health worker to instruct the maids on professional nursing techniques. In so doing, the health worker can share some of the maid’s workload on nursing the elderly and the maid can learn professional nursing techniques, thus creating a win-win situation.

Ms Li Lai-chan
General Manager and Long-term Care Consultant
TotalCare

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