03 Dec '11, 8am

Looking to older workers to fill manpower demand

Looking to older workers to fill manpower demand

SINGAPORE: Demand for non-medical home care services, such as housekeeping, cooking and companionship for the elderly, is increasing. And as Singapore's elderly population increases, some companies are tapping into unconventional markets to keep up. She's past her retirement age, but 68-year-old Mdm Quek Lee Hwang shows no signs of slowing down. The home-care giver's job ranges from cooking, bathing to providing companionship to elderly charges. The job is not without challenges, but Mdm Quek likes the flexible hours. That's why she's been at it for five years. "We like the working hours. It's negotiable. If we can, we will accept. If not, we can negotiate and adjust the timing... It's not restricted," said Mdm Quek. "This job is suitable for people who're older, whether you're male or female. If you don't mind helping seniors who have mobility issues... We can do our part...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews...

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