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Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations

Other titles : client care attendant - home care, companion, domestic housekeeper, doula, family and social assistant (health and social services network), family caregiver, home health care worker, home support worker, home visitor - infant care, home-care worker, homemaker, housekeeper, teaching homemaker, visiting homemaker


Description :

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.

Main duties :

Home support workers 

  • 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;
  • may 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;
  • may perform routine housekeeping duties such as laundry, washing dishes and making beds.


  • perform housekeeping and other home management duties under general direction of employer;
  • plan and prepare meals independently or with employer, and may serve meals;
  • may care for children.
  • Centre-du-Québec
  • Laval
  • Chaudière-Appalaches
  • Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine
  • Montérégie
  • Laurentides
  • Montréal
  • Capitale-Nationale
  • Estrie
  • Bas-Saint-Laurent


Diploma of Vocational Studies


Assistance à la personne en établissement et à domicile

(Training program available in French only)

Program length : Approximately a year

Program Objective

Le programme d'études professionnelles Assistance à la personne en établissement et à domicile prépare à l'exercice de la profession de préposées et de préposés aux bénéficiaires et d'aides familiales résidentes et d'aides familiaux résidents dans le domaine de la santé et des services sociaux.

Cette profession vise à offrir de l'aide et des soins d'assistance à une clientèle de tout âge présentant des maladies ou des incapacités physiques, psychiques ou psychosociales dans les réseaux public, privé et communautaire. La raison d'être de la profession est de suppléer aux incapacités de la personne et de l'assister dans le maintien ou le rétablissement de son autonomie et de son état de santé.

Where this program is available