Being a caregiver is not just a job, it’s a calling

Are you compassionate and reliable? Then becoming a professional caregiver might be the right career for you. You’ll be responsible for taking care of people in their own homes and you’ll need to be able to work flexible hours and night shifts if you decide to pursue this career. Find caregiver vacancies on Job Mail.

Becoming A Caregiver In South Africa | Job Mail

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Duties of a caregiver

A professional caregiver takes care of sick, injured or disabled people in their homes. They can also be hired to care for elderly people. The responsibilities of a caregiver include the following:

  • Ensuring that their client takes their medication as prescribed by a medical professional
  • Monitoring their client’s health under the guidance of a medical professional
  • Helping clients to attend medical appointments
  • Taking clients on outings
  • Providing friendly companionship
  • Offering advice on alterations that need to be made to the client’s living environment
  • Helping clients with tasks related to personal hygiene
  • Assisting clients with shopping and light housework
  • Keeping records of their client’s health and progress
  • Attending meetings with the healthcare team
  • Running errands
  • Assisting clients with physical therapy under the direction of a medical professional
  • Helping to plan and prepare nutritional meals and cooking if necessary
  • Respond to emergency situations with speed and professionalism
Caregiver Jobs In South Africa | Job Mail

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Educational requirements

While it’s not mandatory to study anything to become a caregiver, having a matric certificate and additional training will benefit you. Another alternative is to find a position where training is provided on the job by another caregiver or by nursing staff. A valid driver’s licence will increase your chances of being hired.

If you would like to study in this direction, here are some options to consider:

  • Short course or certification in caregiving or nursing assistance
  • Certificate in first aid including CPR training
Do A Short Course In Caregiving Or Nursing Assistance | Job Mail

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Skills and qualities

A career as a caregiver requires high levels of responsibility and trust as you’ll be working with fragile people who require care and compassion. It’s important that you have the right skills and qualities for this job as your duties will have a huge impact on the wellbeing and quality of life that your client has. Being a caregiver is more than just a job, it’s a calling. The skills and qualities you need to succeed include:

  • Compassion and patience
  • Good ethics
  • Reliability and trustworthiness
  • First-aid skills
  • Basic nursing capabilities
  • Ability to uphold health and safety standards
  • Verbal and written communication
  • Excellent time-management skills
  • Physical stamina
  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • Neat and professional appearance
  • Ability to pay attention to detail
Skills Needed To Become A Caregiver | Job Mail

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Employment opportunities

There are moderate employment opportunities for caregivers with moderate market competitiveness. The international opportunities for this career are low. As a caregiver, you can find employment in special care organisations, retirement villages or directly with your clients and their families. The self-employment opportunities for this career are high.

Becoming A Caregiver In South Africa | Job Mail

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If you are looking for great employment opportunities in the nursing or caregiving sector, visit Job Mail today.

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15 Responses

  1. Dina says:

    I would like to be a care giver a dream i would like to come trough

  2. Ebondo says:

    I personally don’t believe that being a caregiver can only be something u have learned from school, college or university. But it a calling, something which should be coming from inner you…

  3. Eva says:

    Hi I’m Eva lamola I hv interested to your job Pls Call me

  4. Lulama says:

    Enrolled nurse job please

  5. Keaoleboga says:

    How much is the short course in cargiver I’m really interested

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Keaoleboga,

      Different training institutions will change different amounts for their courses. Please get in touch with the institution you want to do the course with to find out more about what you’ll need.

      Kind regards,
      The Job Mail Team

  6. Ann Ellis says:

    I would like to become a carer for the elderly, could you please let me know if there is a course that I could take to learn more about the responsibilities. I live in George and would preferably like to take a course locally or perhaps by correspondence.
    Please advise.
    Sincerely
    Ann Ellis
    081 713-2444

  7. Matilda says:

    I would love to be a care giver , it good and helping the need.God be us always

  8. Belinda says:

    Would love to know a bit more etc I’m a South African citizen, my husband is British . So I would like to know if we decided to do caring how would it work?

    • Jani Grey says:

      Hi Belinda,

      You’ll have to discuss the with the potential employer.

      Kind regards,
      The Job Mail Team

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