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Hiring a domestic helper VS nursing home care VS on demand home care in Malaysia (2023)

Updated: Apr 18

When it comes to caring for your loved ones, you have options. Hiring a domestic helper ensures personalized care in the comfort of your own home, while nursing home care provides round-the-clock medical attention. On-demand home care offers the flexibility to receive care when you need it most. At our recruitment agency, we work with you to find the best fit for your unique situation, providing peace of mind for you and your family.

It is important to carefully consider each option and weigh the pros and cons. Hiring a domestic helper can be a great option for those who want their loved ones to receive personalized care in a familiar setting. However, it may not be suitable for those who require more medical attention or have complex medical needs.

Nursing home care, on the other hand, provides 24/7 medical attention and care from trained professionals. This can be beneficial for those who require constant medical supervision or have serious medical conditions that require specialized care.

On-demand home care is a newer option that offers the best of both worlds. It provides the flexibility of receiving care when you need it, without having to commit to a full-time caregiver. This can be beneficial for those who require occasional assistance or have changing care needs.

What are the costs?

It's important to note that the cost of care can vary greatly depending on the option chosen. While hiring a domestic helper may appear to be more costly upfront, it can be the most affordable option long term, if full time personalised care is your preference. Nursing homes normally charge a monthly fee that can range between RM2,000 to RM10,000 monthly. On-demand home care starts at RM15/hour in Kuching, and RM21/ hour in more urban areas like the Klang Valley.

If full time care is the need, then hiring a domestic helper is definitely the most suitable and affordable option. Using on demand home care to fulfill full time care needs will be extremely expensive and frustrating too as there is no consistency with on demand home care that relies on the gig economy or carers on rotating schedules. Nursing home care is on the rise in Malaysia, but there is still some resistance to admitting elderly parents into care homes in Asia. Hiring a domestic helper gives families the comfort of having their elderly cared for in the close proximity and comfort of their home. As the care needs of our loved ones expand, the family can choose to supplement the full time domestic helper's services with the on demand home care services to fully meet the care needs of the elderly.

For example, certified nurses can be engaged on an on-demand basis to attend to weekly or fortnightly medical needs. While the round the clock care and supervision can be fulfilled by a domestic helper whose services are more affordable. Lastly, the retention rates of foreign domestic helpers are also much higher than local providers due to the desirability of these jobs for foreign domestic helpers from the Philippines or Indonesia.

That said, Philippine and Indonesian helpers are typically not trained or certified in caregiving or nursing care. They are only trained to provide basic care and are not certified to administer medication or medical procedures that are better serviced by a trained personnel.

To understand the full costs of hiring a domestic helper in 2023, check out this article.

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