Home Care Worker

Home care workers are responsible for nursing patients in their own homes.

They are not qualified nurses, but are usually hired to take care of patients who are recovering from heart attacks, strokes and major operations, elderly and disabled people who are not able to care for themselves or those suffering from long-term diseases such as AIDS.

These situations do not require the services of a qualified nurse and hiring home care workers is far more cost effective than hiring nurses, or keeping the patients in hospitals or clinics.

Home care workers are trained in basic nursing and first-aid as well as routine housekeeping, as assignments often call for a combination of the two.


  • families of private patients recovering from strokes, heart attacks and major operations

  • families of disabled persons

  • frail-care centres in retirement villages and old age homes

  • special-care institutions

Getting Started

  • visit nursing homes and old age homes and observe the work involved in caring for patients

  • talk to home care workers about this type of work


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