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Want House Maid… or master of all trades?

Four decades ago, there were 5,000 foreign women working in Singapore as domestic help – cooking, cleaning and minding children. Today, there are 237,100.

As their numbers swelled, so have their duties. Maids today are employed for roles as varied as chauffering their employers to tutoring children or even illegally working in businesses. As Singapore’s population ages, they are increasingly hired to care for the elderly or the disabled, and perform medical duties.

Indonesian Kusrini Caslan Arja, 37, for example, had to suction phlegm from the windpipe of her disabled four-year-old charge.

While doing so last November, Kusrini got a suction cap lodged in his throat. On Monday, she pleaded guilty to ill-treating the boy.

Her case has been adjourned to March 23, but District Judge Low Wee Ping, in unexpectedly sharp comments, pointed to the system as one possible culprit.

Singaporeans use maids “too generally”, he said, adding that “it may be the system’s fault” for allowing domestic workers to perform medical care even though they are not trained to. “We employ domestic maids to be car washers, gardeners, plumbers, nurses, when they should not. When they do something wrong, we point fault at them.”

Maids’ job scopes have indeed expanded, said migrant-workers groups. Yet, they are not adequately trained or compensated for the extra work they are doing, they say.

“Maids are not masters of all trades,” said Mr Yeo Guat Kwang, chairman of the Centre for Domestic Employees. “Employers should be cognisant that some of these tasks should be done by a trained professional.”

Mr John Gee, executive committee member at Transient Workers Count Too (TWC2) said: “Training centres in workers’ countries of origin normally train women to be general purpose domestic workers. We should be aiming to recruit specialised care workers… with other duties limited and with set hours and decent salaries.”

The reason why Singaporeans resort to maids is clear: It is far cheaper than to hire professional nurses.

For instance, hiring a maid costs about $600 a month, as opposed to the $14 to $65 per hour it costs, depending on subsidy amounts, to hire a nurse to come to one’s home.

Mr Jolovan Wham, acting executive director for Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (Home), noted that there are also no rules against maids taking on additional roles.

Experts said one solution could be in defining their responsibilities more clearly, especially in their employment contracts. But Mr Gee said that is provided “the workers really have the power to insist on the terms, including having time off and access to a phone so that they can seek help or complain if the terms are violated”.

In response to queries from The Sunday Times, the Manpower Ministry said employers can send their domestic workers for relevant caregiver training. This includes approved training courses under the Agency for Integrated Care’s (AIC) Caregivers Training Grant which provides an annual $200 subsidy for caregivers of seniors and the disabled. This includes foreign domestic workers. Employers can also hire domestic helpers who have been trained by the AIC.

But Association of Employment Agencies (Singapore) president K. Jayaprema said: “I’m not sure if it is enough to just go through a two-day or a one-week course.” It is not just physical skills that are needed, but also mental resilience when caring for an elderly person with dementia or a disabled child who needs constant attention, she said.

Mr Wham said that each week, about three to five domestic workers caring for the elderly or the disabled come to Home for help. “They are all very tired and exhausted when they come to us.”

Ms Jayaprema said there are maids with caregiving certificates and that agencies do recommend those. They would cost $650 to $1,000 a month, compared with regular maids who command $550.

But many families are unwilling to pay the higher fees.

Mr Gee added: “Social attitudes will need to change: those who have relatives who need care need to be convinced of the advantages of hiring dedicated care workers.”

TRAINED IN ELDERCARE

Every day, Indonesian maid Ema Yulia, 28, carefully monitors Mr Soh Bock Hiang’s many pills of various colours. There are six different ones that the 84-year-old has to take five times a day.

Meanwhile, his wife Huan Soo Kiaw’s back hurts. She cooks and cleans and raised 10 children. But now, at 82, she has finally agreed to their children’s pleas to have a helper at home.

And so, Ms Ema arrived 21/2 weeks ago.

Madam Huan said: “My children kept wanting to get me a helper, but I never wanted one. But now he’s sick I’ve no choice.”

Ms Ema had attended a basic eldercare course at the Ang Mo Kio – Thye Hua Kwan Hospital and knows how to safely transfer an old person from bed to wheelchair, shower him and feed him, among other skills. She is one of the maids from a scheme that has them trained in eldercare before they are matched with a family.

She is paid $640 a month, higher than the average of $500 or so that others get.

ADVANCED TUTORING TOO TOUGH

Every weekday afternoon, she would help a four-year-old with his maths, reading and writing, art and motor skills.

Some days, she would even use Japanese teaching methods called Herugu and Shichida.

But Miss Margie Laguit, 36, is no superstar tutor. She did not even finish primary school in the Philippines.

“They said it is part of my work,” she said, of her employers. She started working for them in December 2015.

According to the timetables Ms Laguit showed The Sunday Times, she would be out of bed by 5.45am to get the two children ready for school. She would then clean the four-room HDB flat and cook. But the household chores did not bother her.

“Just don’t force me to teach the kids. Mathematics and English I can do, but Shichida, I cannot do.”

There is no law prohibiting domestic helpers from tutoring, but Mr Jolovan Wham, acting executive director for Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics, said employers cannot expect advanced tutoring.

Miss Laguit asked to be sent home multiple times, but said her employers kept delaying. Frustrated, she ran away from her employers last month. “I just want to go home,” she said.

ASKED TO WORK AT EMPLOYER’S RESTAURANT TOO

All was well when Ms Tusriyati, 31, joined her fifth employer last June.

But, in December, came an odd request. Ms Tusriyati’s employer took her to his new restaurant and asked her to clean the place. Soon, she was working there full time, serving food and handling the cash register like a regular employee. This continued till she ran away on Feb 23.

“I was scared the Government (would) catch me. I know my work permit is only for working in the home,” she said.

Foreigners employed as domestic workers can only ” perform household and domestic duties at the residential address as stated in the work permit”, states the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act.

Friendly patrons of the restaurant would make conversation and she worried that she would let the truth slip. “My employer said, don’t tell anyone you are a cleaning  maid. Say you’re married to a Singaporean,” she said.

Ms Tusriyati, who is at a shelter now, said that the work at home was also tough. Her employers, a couple in their 30s, were particular about cleanliness. The car had to be washed daily, the floors swept, mopped and vacuumed twice a day.

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How to Save Half the prices When Renewing Your Maid cleaning service Contract If you were a maid-hiring newbie when you hired your first maid, you would have probably done so through a maid agency. Maid agencies are not cheap, but they do take care of all the paperwork for you, including buying maid insurance so that you have the necessary insurance coverage for your maid. If your maid’s performance is good and she gets along well with you and the family, her 2-year contract will be over in what seems like a blink of an eye. About eight weeks before the expiry of her Work Permit, you will receive a notification from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) about the impending expiry, and you’ll be wondering “has it been that long already?” Your maid’s great – you’ll want her to stay If your maid is willing to stay on with you, you will want to retain her for another 2 years. After all, good help is hard to find! According to MOM’s guidelines, an employment contract is not mandatory but it is good to have so that the terms of employment are clear and misunderstandings can be avoided. What is mandatory for renewal will be a scanned copy of the personal particulars page of your helper’s passport (including amendments), security bond and maid insurance (covering both medical as well as personal accident insurance) for her. DIY and save! It’s not that hard Image credits: Pexels.com You can go back to the maid agency and get them to help you with the renewal but why not do it yourself and save on the agency fees? Maid agencies do not typically publish their fees for helping with maid Work Permit renewals, and rates would vary from one agency to another. In general, be prepared for fork out around S$300-S$400 dollars for agency fees (which does not include the costs charged by other parties such as maid insurance – over S$200 for a 26-month plan on average, and MOM’s Work Permit renewal fee – S$35). On the other hand, if you were to renew the maid’s Work Permit and insurance yourself, you can avoid the agency fees. Step 1 – Check regulatory requirements Laws and regulations do change from time to time, so do consult MOM’s website for the latest requirements if you decide to renew your maid’s Work Permit yourself. It is important to check with the embassy of the country of origin of your maid for additional requirements, as well as renew her passport if it has less than 6 months of validity left. For instance, the Philippine government requires a security bond of S$7,000 (as mentioned in the preceding paragraph) as well as an Authenticated Employment Contract. The Indonesian government, as of Feb 2018, also requires a S$6,000 security bond for Indonesian maids – this bond can be purchased via insurers accredited by the Indonesian government. Step 2 – Get maid insurance to cover the renewed contract One of the first things you’ll need to do is to extend your maid insurance. Do shop for a suitable insurer that can give you best value. In this regard, ePROTECT maid insurance offer great value for money. This is amongst the most affordable offered by insurance companies in Singapore. Available here at Tiq by Etiqa, ePROTECT maid insurance provides comprehensive insurance coverage (enhanced to meet the MOM’s latest insurance coverage requirement), and even offers protection against the unfortunate event of abuse by the maid to your child, elderly or a handicapped person. Also available are optional benefits such as Letters of Guarantee to the Philippine Overseas Labour Office in Singapore (for the S$7,000 performance bond required by the Philippine Government for hiring Filipino maids), critical illness (the first and currently ONLY maid insurance in Singapore to do so), and home cover (protects your home contents from fire, burglary or theft by maid). Step 3- Apply for Work Permit renewal online Once these are done, you can log on to the MOM website and conveniently renew your maid’s Work Permit online. Documents you will need to provide include: • A scanned copy of the personal particulars page of your maid’s passport • MOM-imposed security bond, personal accident insurance and medical insurance (these are covered in our ePROTECT maid insurance) • Details for a secure card delivery The renewal fee is just S$35, and you can pay by VISA, Master Card or direct debit. The processing time is immediate. Once the Work Permit is renewed, do print and check the temporary work permit to see if your FDW is advised to continue using the existing card or to get a new card. For the latter option, the existing card must be returned according to instruction given in the notification letter. Congratulations – you’ve renewed your maid’s Work Permit yourself and saved a bundle! A digital insurance channel that embraces changes to provide simple and convenient protection, TIQ’s mission is to make insurance transparent and accessible, inspiring you today to be prepared for life’s surprises and inevitabilities, while empowering you to “Live Unlimited” and take control of your tomorrow. With a shared vision to change the paradigm of insurance and reshape customer experience, Etiqa created the strong foundation for TIQ. Because life never stops changing, Etiqa never stops progressing. A licensed life and general insurance company registered in the Republic of Singapore and regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Etiqa is governed by the Insurance Act and has been providing insurance solutions since 1961. It is 69% owned by Maybank, Southeast Asia’s fourth largest banking group, with more than 22 million customers in 20 countries; and 31% owned by Ageas, an international insurance group with 33 million customers across 16 countries.
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• Avoid excessive water
Though the use of water is necessary for carpet cleaning, you must be very careful with its quantity. Use as little water as possible or it will extremely hard to dry the carpet. If you are hiring the cleaning equipment, minimize the use of water as much as you can. If the carpet becomes saturated, it will cause pretty horrible odor due to decay and growth of mold. Make sure that the amount of water used will be easy remove and dry the carpet once cleaning is done.

• Start furthest from door
Where do you start cleaning from? Some may start from the center or areas that are heavily soiled or stained. It is advisable to start from the furthest corner of the door. The reason behind this is to ensure that you won’t walk on areas that are already cleaned. Otherwise, you will be doing nothing. It is also important to that you need to do your cleaning in overlapping straight lines for a thorough cleaning. Use of parallel strokes with a carpet cleaner allows for small overlap that helps to prevent streaking.


rafeeg Yesterday, 20:57 · Tags: carpet cleaner
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When it comes to security, there’s no way any compromise could be tolerated. Though the security needs of every person could be different, one thing that stays common is the need to hire a professional security guard who can be trusted for reliable services. There are people who permanently have the security guard hired for the residence or commercial building, but there can be cases when one needs a temporary Uniformed Security Services, which is possible in case of some one-time event. Here are the steps that must be followed while hiring a temporary security guard:


1. Look for the professional services known for exceptional work in the domain of security. Make sure you consider looking for experienced services that have a great record of providing reliable security guards.


2. Specify the time period and budget accordingly. You need to clear all the aspects like for how much time you need the guards, for what purposes and how much you have set your budget for these temporary security services from any of the best security guard companies.


3. Maintain proper communication with the guards you hire. It is important that you should always stay updated about the current situations related to security. You should be aware of everything to know that things are actually going well.


4.It is important that you should give priority to the safety of the people. When you are hiring the security services for any event, make sure you have commanded the guards well. The focus should always be to ensure the safety of the people.


With all these points you can easily hire the temporary security guards and could be able to maintain the high-security standards whether you are hiring the guards for any event or for any other reason.

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Operating on a 5.7-ampere motor, this portable machine has an incredible suction power. Due to the incredible suction power that this machine has, along with its extra-long 5-ft hose, it is capable of effectively cleaning deep stains and pills as well as more popular, and also costlier models.

Large capacity tanks
This machine comes with a relatively huge ¾ gallon tank capacity. This directly means cleaning power the machine will be easy to use since you don’t need to deal with endless fill-ups when cleaning numerous items in your home. A tank filled with 2 capfuls of washing formula should be enough to clean a fairly large area.

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The Bissel 2458 SpotClean Cleaner, despite its portable construction, comes with two tanks. One tank is made for clean water while the other tank is made for storing dirty water. Most users prefer this system to the single tank system as it reduces the risk of dirty water contaminating the clean water.


rafeeg Yesterday, 20:27 · Tags: cleaning power
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Cleanliness is a very important quality to maintain in one’s life. All the surfaces of the house should be cleaned regularly. Also, one should observe proper personal hygiene. The areas of the house that need regular cleaning include the floors, table tops, desk tops, bathroom and the window blinds. The window blinds need special cleaning. This is because they are delicate. Thus, if you want your blinds cleaned you should pick a professional cleaning services company. They are highly skilled in their work and will not damage your blinds as they clean them. It is often difficult to identify the right cleaning services company to hire. Read on for tips on how you can pick the right one for your home.

• Ensure that they are properly certified

When picking a cleaning service company, have a look at their certification. It is important that they have the right documents permitting them to perform their services in your location. The documents prove that the cleaning service is operating legally. As you vet the cleaning companies, ask for their work permits and certificates as well. The management should be very ready to provide you with these documents for you to verify. If you notice that they are reluctant to provide you with these, conclude that they are not legitimate and move on to the next company on your list.


• Draw up a contract

When you hire a cleaning company to clean you blinds or other parts of your home, ensure that you draw up a contract indicating which jobs are to be done and how much you are going to pay afterwards. The contract should honour aspects such as the date of working, the cleaners who are going to do it and the amount to pay for the service. It should also indicate the liability of the cleaners. For example, the contract should indicate if they are liable for any property that gets damaged during cleaning. This way, if anything goes wrong and some property is damaged for example a vase is dropped by accident then you and the company clearly know who is going to pay for it. 


• Employee responsibility

A good cleaning company should have proper responsibility for their employees. They should provide them with proper insurance, provide them with the right tools to clean and even train them if necessary. When choosing a cleaning company to work with, check on this factor. If the cleaning company is responsible for its employees then they will do a great job of cleaning your blinds at home. 


• Employee capability

The cleaners should be very capable and well trained in cleaning houses and their contents. The cleaning services company should ensure that the cleaners are well trained in cleaning a variety of devices and appliances. This is so that they do not damage these items by cleaning them improperly. 

• Identify the rooms that you want cleaned

Prior to hiring a cleaning services company, find out the rooms that you want to be cleaned. There may be some that you do not want the cleaners to enter and clean. In addition to that, identify the cleaning services that you want them to conduct. You may want them to clean your house and do your laundry as well. After identifying these, look through your list of cleaning companies and cross out those that do not offer the full range of cleaning services that you desire. This will have you left with only those that can conduct the cleaning jobs you want completed. 


• Ask for referrals

When searching for a cleaning company, you can ask your family, friends, relatives and co-workers for a good cleaning company to hire. These sources are almost always ready to help you with information about good cleaning services to hire. Sometimes, the cleaning service companies can offer their customers a bonus or discount for referring them to new customers. Thus, all your sources will be ready and willing to help you out. 


• Contact and request consultation

After getting a number of good referrals, you can contact these cleaning services and request a consultation. You can request that they send one of their representatives to come and see the cleaning work that you want done. They will send one and the representative will give you a cost estimate of the job you want done. If the company does not send you a representative, then you can cross them off your candidate list.


• Conduct a trial job

After short listing a cleaning service to work with, hire them to perform a cleaning job or a series of these for you. Observe how they perform the jobs and vet their capacity to perform. This will help you to further crosscheck the companies and pick the one that does the best job. In addition to that, it will give the companies an idea of how you like your house to be cleaned. If you find that a cleaning services company promised to do a great job and did not, then you can cross them off and look to others. 

• To analyse the capability of the cleaning services company, you should know some tips on how to find out if they cleaned it well. 

• The house should look neat, be clean and smell nice. 

• The carpets should be properly vacuumed to ensure that dust mites are not left in the fabric. 

• You should check even under the furniture to see if the cleaners cleaned the nooks and crannies where dust accumulates. 

• Check that the bathroom tiles have been cleaned well and they are shiny and dry. 

• Check in the grouting and ensure that the spaces are clean and have the color that they originally should. 

• Look at the corners of the rooms and check for dust. They should be spotlessly clean. 

• The sinks and mirrors should also be sparkling clean. 

• Your furniture should be dust free. 

• The blinds should be well cleaned as well. 

If you find that a particular cleaning services company did a marvellous job, then you can keep hiring them to clean your blinds!


Rafeeg Rafeeg Yesterday, 20:00
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What You Should Know Before You Start
To remove carpet stains, simply blot the spot and dry working from the outside in, rinse thoroughly with clean water, then blot again. Never scrub the carpet, or you risk ruining the carpet fibers or letting the spill soak through to the carpet pad.

For more specific advice, find your type of stain below. In addition to these methods, there are several spot removers on the market; before you try one, test it out in an inconspicuous spot to make sure it doesn’t discolor your carpet.

Water-Soluble how to remove stans
alcoholic beverages
berries
colas
excrement
food dyes
gravy
ice cream
jelly
milk
mud
washable ink
wet or latex paint


rafeeg Yesterday, 19:55 · Tags: how to remove stains
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Lamoosh Yesterday, 19:36
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