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Additional information

body or mind

Body

Field

Social Services

Boss or Team

Own Boss & Team, Team

Communication

Good Communicator

Work With

People

Math & Science

Neither

Study Length

Shorter Study

Environment

Either Alone or In a Busy Environment

Aged or Disabled Carer

The most important criteria for a career in caring for aged or disabled people is crucial that you are a very caring, patient and empathetic person. Elderly or disabled people need very specialised care and this often means you are not only performing specific tasks but are a supportive companion to your client.

Your tasks will be wide-ranging, but can include the following:

  • Making sure your clients take their prescribed medication
  • You might have to assist your client with getting around their home or helping to get them to doctor’s appointments etc
  • Helping your client with physical exercise
  • Assisting with the personal hygiene of your client/patient
  • Be able to act quickly in the case of an emergency
  • You may have to perform shopping or light cleaning duties as well, and sometimes be required to cook for your client.

Required Qualifications

Depending on your level of school qualifications there are many opportunities to study for a career in this field. 

A certificate in first aid is also a helpful qualification to have if you want to enter into this field.

Level of Schooling & School Subjects

While the institutions have different entry requirements, in general:

  • Grade 9 upwards (if your National Senior Certificate is incomplete, prior to commencing with this Skills Programme you will have to complete a Foundational Learning Competence Certificate).
  • There are no specific school subjects required for this field. Some institutions will recognise prior experience in this field to go towards your official qualification.

Length of Study

Aged or Disabled Carers in South Africa typically study from 12 weeks to 1 year.

Employment Opportunities

Aged or Disabled Carers in South Africa often work looking after aged or disabled people in their homes, old age homes or disability clinics.

Further Information

Related University Degrees

Hospice Wits:
https://hospicewits.co.za/training/

University of Cape Town – Higher Certificate in Disability Practise:
http://www.dhrs.uct.ac.za/dhrs/divisions/disability/undergraduate/requirements

Related Qualifications and Skills Programs

HW SETA Accredited

Community Home based and Disability Care///Basic Support for Persons with Disabilities///Disability Care Continuum///Management of Home Based Care and TB///Provision of Palliative Care

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