Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations

National Occupation Code (NOC): 4412

Home support workers provide personal care and companionship for seniors, persons with disabilities and convalescent clients. Care is provided within the client's residence, in which the home support worker may also reside. They are employed by home care and support agencies, private households, or they may be self-employed. Housekeepers perform housekeeping and other home management duties in private households and other non-institutional, residential settings.

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Job Duties for Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations

  • Provide care and companionship for individuals and families during periods of incapacitation, convalescence, or family disruption.
  • Administer bedside and personal care to clients such as aid in ambulation, bathing, personal hygiene, and dressing and undressing.
  • Plan and prepare meals and special diets, and feed or assist in feeding clients.
  • Perform routine health-related duties such as changing non-sterile dressings, assisting in the administration of medications, and collecting specimens under the general direction of home care agency supervisor or nurse.
  • Perform housekeeping and other home management duties under general direction of employer.
  • Plan and prepare meals independently or with employer, and serve meals.
  • Care for children.

Working Conditions for Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations

Many housekeepers and home support workers work part time and weekend hours are common. They often visit four or five clients on the same day. Surroundings also differ from case to case – some homes are neat and pleasant, while others are untidy or unpleasant. Some clients are angry, abusive, depressed or otherwise difficult, while other clients are pleasant and cooperative.

Visiting housekeepers may go to the same home every day for several months or years. They usually work with a number of different clients, each job lasting a few hours, days or weeks.

Most are day workers who live in their own homes and travel to their workplace, however, some home support workers live in the home of their employer, generally with their own bedroom and bathroom.

Housekeepers are employed by many types of households with various income levels. They usually work in pleasant, comfortable homes or apartments.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Attendant For Persons With A Visual Impairment - Home Care
  • Attendant For Persons With Disabilities - Home Care
  • Client Care Attendant - Home Care
  • Companion
  • Domestic Housekeeper
  • Doula
  • Family Caregiver
  • Family Worker - Home Care
  • Home Health Care Worker
  • Home Support Attendant
  • Home Support Worker
  • Home Visitor - Infant Care
  • Home-care Worker
  • Homemaker
  • Housekeeper
  • Live-in Caregiver - Persons With Disabilities
  • Live-in Caregiver - Seniors
  • Live-in Housekeeper
  • Personal Aide - Home Support
  • Personal Assistant - Home Care
  • Personal Care Aide - Home Care
  • Personal Care Attendant - Home Care
  • Personal Care Provider - Home Care
  • Personal Support Aide - Home Aide
  • Personal Support Worker - Home Support
  • Residential Support Worker
  • Respite Worker - Home Support
  • Teaching Homemaker
  • Visiting Homemaker
  • Personnel Aide
  • Home Support
  • Personal Support Worker
  • Care Giver
  • Caregiver
  • PSW
  • Home Helpers
  • Home Care
  • Development Support Worker