home care aide


Home care aides provide personal assistance and promote autonomy, on a daily basis to individuals who are unable to take care of themselves due to illness, ageing or disability. They assist them with personal hygiene, feeding, communication or medication according to the health care professional's instructions.

Scope notes

Excludes people performing activities under the supervision of medical or nursing staff.

Alternative label

  • personal care provider

  • home health care aide

  • elderly people assistant

  • personal care attendant

  • health care provider

  • in home nurse

  • live in caretaker

  • personal care worker

  • live in caregiver

  • certified medical aide

Regulatory aspect

To see if and how this occupation is regulated in EU Member States, EEA countries or Switzerland please consult the Regulated Professions Database of the Commission. Regulated Professions Database: http://ec.europa.eu/growth/single-market/services/free-movement-professionals/qualifications-recognition_en


Essential skills and competences

Essential Knowledge

Optional skills and competences

Optional Knowledge



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