Profession home care aide

Home care aides provide personal assistance and promote autonomy, on a daily basis to individuals who are unable to take care of themselves due to illness, ageing or disability. They assist them with personal hygiene, feeding, communication or medication according to the health care professional's instructions.

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Personality Type

  • Social / Realistic
  • Enterprising / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Disability care

    The specific methods and practices used in providing care to people with physical, intellectual and learning disabilities.

  • Older adults' needs

    The physical, mental, and social needs of frail, older adults.

  • Disability types

    The nature and types of disabilities affecting the human beings such as physical, cognitive, mental, sensory, emotional or developmental and the specific needs and access requirements of disabled people.

  • First response

    The procedures of pre-hospital care for medical emergencies, such as first aid, resuscitation techniques, legal and ethical issues, patient assessment, trauma emergencies.

Skills

  • Accompany people

    Chaperon individuals on trips, to events or appointments or to go shopping.

  • Evaluate older adults' ability to take care of themselves

    Assess the condition of an older patient and decide if he or she needs assistance in taking care of him- or herself to eat or to bathe and in meeting his/hers social and psychological needs.

  • Support social service users to live at home

    Support social service users to develop their own personal resources and work with them to access additional resources, services and facilities.

  • Provide in-home support for disabled individuals

    Assist individuals with disabilities in their own homes and with daily living tasks such as washing, dressing, eating and transport, helping them to achieve independence.

  • Support individuals to adjust to physical disability

    Assist individuals to adjust to the implications of physical disability and to understand the new responsibilities and level of dependency.

  • Apply first response

    Respond to medical or trauma emergencies and care for the patient in a manner compliant with health and safety regulations, assessing the legal and ethical issues of the situation, and provide proper pre-hospital care.

  • Prepare ready-made dishes

    Get ready for serving snacks and sandwiches or heat up ready-made bar products if requested.

  • Prepare sandwiches

    Make filled and open sandwiches, paninis and kebabs.

  • Keep company

    Be with people to do stuff together, such as talking, playing games or having a drink.

  • Iron textiles

    Pressing and ironing in order to shape or flatten textiles giving them their final finishing appearance. Iron by hand or with steam pressers.

  • Assist disable passengers

    Use appropriate safety procedures to operate lifts and secure wheelchairs and other assistive devices while assisting physically disabled travellers.

  • Monitor patient's health condition

    Frequently examine the mental or physical health condition of a patient, monitor the use of medication and report on their condition to your superiors or to the patient's family.

  • Make the beds

    Clean sheets, turn mattresses, plump pillows and change cushions.

  • Buy groceries

    Purchase ingredients, products and tools that are necessary for daily housekeeping activities.

  • Tend to elderly people

    Help elderly people in their physical, mental, and social needs.

  • Assist clients with special needs

    Aid clients with special needs following relevant guidelines and special standards. Recognise their needs and accurately respond to them if needed.

  • Wash the laundry

    Wash or clean clothes by hand or by use of a washing machine.

  • Wash the dishes

    Wash plates, glasses, silverware and cooking gear used for a meal, by hand or by use of a dish washer. Put everything back in its place afterwards.

  • Assist social service users with physical disabilities

    Help service users with mobility problems and other physical disabilities such as incontinence, assisting in the use and care of aids and personal equipment.

Optional knowledge and skills

promote prevention of social isolation handle linen in stock mobility disability use food preparation techniques work ergonomically hearing disability lift heavy weights clean surfaces clean rooms feed pets administer appointments prevent domestic accidents assist disabled individuals to participate in community activities listen actively use cooking techniques provide dog walking services visual disability prepare dietary meals vacuum surfaces provide first aid show social competences food allergies perform dusting activities assess risks for the elderly clean household linens promote healthy lifestyle advise patients on health and lifestyle issues

Common job titles

  • Personal care attendant (pca)
  • Caregiver / cna / hha / ma / stna
  • Home care aide 12/24 hour shifts
  • Resident care aides / full-time and part-time - colonie
  • Options home care aide
  • Personal care attendant - need weekends and 7 days coverage
  • Home care aide
  • Caregiver - hha - home health aide (central new jersey)
  • Home care scheduler
  • Resident aides / caregivers - 2nd and 3rd shift!