If you have a passion for helping people and have always wanted to Work in Japan, becoming a Caregiver in Japan would be the perfect career path for you. As the demand for caregivers is in high demand in Japan, there are a plethora of job vacancies for those who want to work in the caregiving industry. According to an estimate by the Japanese healthcare ministry, the country will need 2.53 million care workers by 2025.
What Is A Caregiver Job?
Here is everything you need to know about a caregiver job.
Caregiver Job Description: A caregiver’s job is to provide direct care to people who are too sick, too young or too old to take care of themselves. A caregiver takes care of the patient’s personal and other care-related activities at home at the request of the patient’s family members or doctor. The different types of caregivers include private duty caregivers, volunteer caregivers, family caregivers, professional caregivers, primary caregivers, etc. A caregiver job responsibilities include maintaining the patient’s medical charts, monitoring their medication, bathing and feeding them, among many others.
Caregiver Duties And Responsibilities
A caregiver job duties include –
- Taking care of the patient (bathing, feeding, etc.)
- Maintaining medical charts and monitoring medication.
- Scheduling necessary appointments such as visits to the patient’s doctor or family.
- Monitoring patient’s health conditions.
- Helping clients take prescribed medication.
- Assisting clients with ambulation and mobility around the house or outside.
- Assisting clients with personal care and hygiene.
- Help clients with physical therapy exercises.
- Planning and preparing meals with assistance from the clients (when they are able).
- Doing the client’s shopping or accompanying them when they shop.
- Performing light housekeeping duties that clients can’t complete on their own.
- Being a pleasant and supportive companion.
- Reporting any unusual incidents.
- Acting quickly and responsibly in cases of emergency.
- Communication Skills (both written and verbal)
- Compassion and Empathy
- Ability to monitor and observe
- Interpersonal skills
- Time management
- Organisational skills
- Problem-solving skills
- Positive personality traits
- Knowledge of emergency response and first aid (CPR, etc.)
- Strong ethics
- Physical endurance
How To Become A Caregiver In Japan
Thanks to TITP (Technical Intern Training Program), becoming a caregiver is only a few steps away. Under this program, foreign nationals are trained in the Japanese language and Japanese culture. After the training is completed, candidates are sent to Japan to work for up to 5 years.
AKAL Caregiver Program
AKAL Caregiver Program focuses on training interested and eligible candidates to work in Japan as caregivers.
Under AKAL Japanese Academy’s TITP, candidates will get the opportunity to take on courses that focus on caregiving via online live classes with some of the most skilled teachers. As Japanese language skills are a must to move to Japan, candidates will also be taught the Japanese language and everything they need to know about the Japanese culture and traditions.
Benefits of Japan Caregiver Training
Take a look at the benefits of becoming a caregiver in Japan through the AKAL Caregiver Program.
- Work in Japan: Selected candidates will get the opportunity to work in Japan as caregivers for up to 5 years.
- High and Respectable Salary With Accommodation: Selected candidates can earn a monthly salary of over Rs. 100000. Moreover, they will be provided with accommodations.
- TITP approved “Sending Organization”: AKAL Caregiver Program is an approved TITP Sending Organization by NSDC, Ministry of Skills Development & Entrepreneurship by the Government of India and OTIT, Japan.
- Online Live Classes With Teachers: Candidates will get the opportunity to take online live classes from the comfort of their own homes and be taught by some of the industry’s best & native Japanese teachers.
- Visa Processing Support: Akal will assist selected candidates with their visa application process.
Requirements for Becoming a Caregiver in Japan
Caregivers can opt for a profession in Medical Assistance, Paramedics, and/or Nursing. Taking up the job of a care worker in Japan comes in line with the Technical Intern Training Program (TITP) and follows up with the “Caregiving standards” laid down by the program. These standards mandate certain requirements to be fulfilled by trainees to secure a degree in the stream and pursue the occupation.
1. Proficiency in the Japanese language
Care workers are mandated to have attempted the N4 level of the JLPT in India examination and an N3 of the JLPT in Japan to qualify. An original transcript (certificate) of the JLPT and/or NAT scores needs to be submitted at the time of admission to the TITP for verification.
Different levels of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test:
- N5 – Basic Level: The holders of an N5 certificate can read some simple phrases written in hiragana, katakana, and basic kanji. They can listen to and understand everyday conversations. They can comprehend the meaning of other conversations when spoken slowly.
- N4 – Elementary Level: People with N4 certificates can read simple sentences written in basic vocabulary and kanji. They can also listen to and understand everyday conversations and generally grasp their contents as long as they speak slowly to them.
- N3 – Intermediate Level: The reading level of an N3 certificate holder is higher than N4 and N5 certificate holders, as N3 certified people could read moderately complex writings, specific contents about everyday topics, and newspaper headlines. They can speak at a mediocre speed, usually follow the content topics, and understand the relationships among the people involved.
- N2 – Pre-Advanced Level: N2 certificate holders can read and understand materials such as newspapers and magazines’ articles, commentaries as well as critiques. They can grasp conversations and news reports spoken at a natural speed.
- N1 – Advanced Level: An N1 certificate holder can read and understand complex writings on different topics such as a newspaper’s critique and editorial columns. They can understand conversations, news reports and lectures.
2. Degree of an ANM or GNM
Having a degree certification in ANM (Auxiliary Nursing Midwifery) or GNM (General Nursing and Midwifery) is necessary to declare medical proficiency in the field. ANM is a diploma course focussing on the healthcare aspect of medicine. The course covers equipment handling, maintenance of records, and setting up the operation theatre in a nutshell to maintain records. GNM, on the other hand, deals with general health care, nursing, and midwifery.
To get a valid work visa for Japan, you need to find a sponsoring company. Companies such as Akal Japanese Academy can and will assist you in your visa application when you enroll for their online course, where they’ll teach you the Japanese language and educate you about Japan and its rich cultural heritage along with the fascinating traditions and customs.
The eligibility criteria for a caregiver in Japan also require candidates to be 18 years of age or above, and they must clear Grade 12 or above.
Salary and Scholarships Offered to Caregivers in Japan
Being a care worker in Japan comes with benefits like residence visa permits with the ‘nursing status’, immigration benefits, and many more. A vital aspect of this is the remuneration offered to care workers. The monthly caregiver salary in Japan ranges anywhere between 1,25,000 -1,85,000 JPY per month. The minimum wage for nurses in Japan is 1,20,000 JPY per month. Being much in demand, care-workers are paid quite well for their services in Japan.
In Japan, caregivers are also offered a loan-based scholarship. They are exempted from returning the money owed if they work in the caregiving field for more than three to five years after graduation. This loan-based system can help immigrant students pursue their education in caregiving while also building a stable career in Japan.
- Salary and Remuneration
Indian caregivers are much in demand and are paid quite well for their services. The monthly salary for such profiles ranges anywhere between 1,25,000-1,85,00 JPY per month. The minimum wage for nurses is 1,20,000 JPY per month.
- Scholarships to deserving candidates
Japan offers loan-based scholarships to international students aiming to make their mark in medical assistance and nursing. They receive good exposure into the field and, upon passing the JLPT, can pursue their career in the same line in Japan.
Health Caregiver Training course includes:
- Training to assist patients with the use of medical equipment.
- Training about ROM exercises (Range of Motion) refers to activity aimed at improving the movement of a specific joint. Several structures influence this motion: configuration of bone surfaces within the joint, joint capsule, ligaments, tendons, and muscles acting on the joint.
- Training to assist patients in walking, standing, bathing, personal care, including dressing, mobility, administering medication, personal hygiene, eating, and transportation to doctor’s appointments.
- Training to monitor patient medications, update health charts, and document and report any changes in the client’s health status.
- Training to build Effective Communication and Relations with the patient, including assisting them in social interaction, how to help them with their hobbies and interests.
- Training to prevent isolation as well as keeping a safe and secure environment
- Training to understand basic healthcare issues and their treatment, basic emergencies at home and how to deal with them, ethical behaviour and time management.
Japanese Language Training (up to JLPT Level N4)
AKAL’s Japan Job Preparation Training focuses on preparing candidates to work in Japan. The training includes:
- Fundamental Japanese Language Training to the level of JLPT N5 & N4
- Daily Conversation & Lessons of Lifestyle
- Life Manners & Business Manners
- Knowledge & Cautions of Japanese worksite and Orientations
- Video Profiling & Interview Preparation
The Japanese Language Program at AKAL focuses not only on the Japanese language but also on the culture, behaviour, mannerism of Japanese society, from the aspect of working in Japan under the TITP program. The focus is not only on education but also on the conversational skills required for surviving in Japan.
This program also prepares our students for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) conducted by the Japanese government worldwide on every first Sunday of July and December.
So, if you want a career change or jumpstart your career in Japan as a caregiver, we hope the above information helps you in getting your dream job.
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