Profession home care aide

    home care aide

Personal carers assist elderly and handicapped people with daily living activities at the person's home. Duties performed at a place of residence may include keeping house (making beds, doing laundry, washing dishes) and preparing meals. May advise families, and the patients/clients, on such things as nutrition, cleanliness, and household utilities.

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Personality Type

  • Social / Realistic

Tasks home care aide

  • Give support to patients at home with daily living tasks such as washing, dressing, eating, drinking, transport and budgeting.
  • Perform housekeeping duties, such as cooking and running errands.
  • Carry out health care related tasks such as monitoring vital signs (under the supervision of registered nurses and physiotherapists).
  • Administer medication orally, via rectum, subcutaneously and intramusculary.
  • Transport/accompany patients to locations outside home.
  • Educate family to provide bedside care.
  • Report changes in patient's condition and the services offered.
  • Create individual care programmes.
  • Coordinate and arrange activities to enhance physical, social, emotional and intellectual development.
  • Create and maintain records of the patient's progress/development and services performed.
  • Consult with other health care providers about patient.
  • Clean and sterilize the care equipment.

Related professions personal care


  • 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.

  • Disability care

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

  • 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.


  • 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 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.

  • Buy groceries

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

  • Accompany people

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

  • Keep company

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

  • Wash the laundry

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Assist disable passengers

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

  • Prepare ready-made dishes

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Prepare sandwiches

    Make filled and open sandwiches, paninis and kebabs.

  • Tend to elderly people

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

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