Assists the elderly, convalescents, or persons with disabilities with daily living activities at the person's home or in a care facility. Duties performed at a place of residence may include keeping house (making beds, doing laundry, washing dishes) and preparing meals. May provide assistance at non-residential care facilities. May advise families, the elderly, convalescents, and persons with disabilities regarding such things as nutrition, cleanliness, and household activities.
This career is part of the Human Services cluster Personal Care Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Administers bedside or personal care, such as ambulation or personal hygiene assistance.
- Prepares and maintains records of client progress and services performed, reporting changes in client condition to manager or supervisor.
- Performs healthcare-related tasks, such as monitoring vital signs and medication, under the direction of registered nurses or physiotherapists.
- Participates in case reviews, consulting with the team caring for the client, to evaluate the client's needs and plan for continuing services.
- Cares for individuals or families during periods of incapacitation, family disruption, or convalescence, providing companionship, personal care, or help in adjusting to new lifestyles.
- Performs housekeeping duties, such as cooking, cleaning, washing clothes or dishes, or running errands.
- Instructs or advises clients on issues such as household cleanliness, utilities, hygiene, nutrition, or infant care.
- Plans, shops for, or prepares nutritious meals or assists families in planning, shopping for, or preparing nutritious meals.
- Transports clients to locations outside the home, such as to physicians' offices or on outings, using a motor vehicle.
- Provides clients with communication assistance, typing their correspondence or obtaining information for them.