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Firm trains Nigerians on how to care for elderly, children

By Gbenga Salau
05 April 2022   |   2:41 am
A firm, Into Skills for Care and Corporate Limited, in collaboration with care organisations in the United Kingdom (UK), has trained Nigerians on acceptable care standards for the elderly and children.

[FILES] Elderly. PHOTO: Reuters

A firm, Into Skills for Care and Corporate Limited, in collaboration with care organisations in the United Kingdom (UK), has trained Nigerians on acceptable care standards for the elderly and children.
 
A Director, Tomi Banjoko, explained that the firm was training interested persons to prepare them to become skilled care workers in the UK.

 
She added: “This training is to help Nigerians get into the UK easily by becoming caregivers. The UK recently launched its tier two visa where they’re bringing in healthcare professionals from all over the world because there is a shortage of healthcare staff.
   
“About 32 persons were trained in the first batch while the training for the second batch of 30 candidates is ongoing, while another class will start on April 16.”
 
Another director in the firm, Titilayo Shonubi, decried the lack of professional care services in Nigeria, saying it was high time Nigeria and Nigerians adopted professional care services, especially for the elderly, so they can live more meaningful lives.
 
 
Shonubi, who called for improved care services in Nigeria, said: “In Nigeria, we see keeping our elderly ones in a care home as a taboo but that is wrong. It is high time we begin to see the advantages of doing so.
 
“Most people work nine-to-five jobs and their elderly ones just sit at home bored but when in a care home, they will relate with their peers on the same level and continue with activities they loved to do. These activities will help to stimulate their brains and earn them more active years.

“I believe we need more professional care homes in Nigeria to also ease the stress of caring for children. That is why Into Skills for Care is training people to become professionals in this field. We train you on the 15 standard care certificate which is the minimum certificate needed to work in the UK.”
 


A trainee, Linda Papo, said the training opened her eyes to the care world, especially for the elderly, with her mother being her first patient.
 
She added: “It was through this training that I was able to properly care for my mother who had dementia and diabetes. I have had three placements so far and now I can say I have a career in the care field.
 
“I am also glad about this care certificate because it is also a step further into the career.”

 
 

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