Visiting homemakers perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Plan and prepare meals independently or with employer, and may serve meals
B. May care for children.
Companions perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Provide elderly and convalescent clients with companionship and personal care in client's home under general direction of home care agency supervisor or family members
B. Aid clients with ambulation, bathing and other aspects of personal hygiene.
Foster parents perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Care for foster children, usually on an emergency or temporary basis, as family members under general direction of foster parent agency
B. Consult foster parent agency supervisors for advice and when problems arise
C. Administer therapeutic programs for foster children, as directed by foster agency social workers.
D. Care for individuals and families during periods of incapacitation, convalescence or family disruption
E. Administer bedside and personal care to clients such as aid in ambulation, bathing, personal hygiene, and dressing and undressing
F. Plan and prepare meals and special diets, and feed or assist in feeding clients
G. Demonstrate infant care to new parents
H. May perform routine health-related duties such as changing non-sterile dressings, administering medications and collecting specimens under the general direction of home care agency supervisor or nurse
I. May perform routine housekeeping duties such as laundry, washing dishes and making beds.
Housekeepers perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Perform housekeeping and other home management duties under general direction of employer
1. Health care and social assistance - 83.0%
2. Other services (except public administration) - 10.0%
3. Administrative and support waste management and remediation services - 3.0%
4. Public administration - 2.0%
5. Accommodation and food services - 1.0%
1. In general, you usually need some secondary school education.
2. You may also need childcare or home management experience.
3. To be a visiting homemaker, you may need college or other courses in home support.
4. A first-aid certificate may also be required.
5. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma.
2. Physical Education
The average hourly wages for Visiting Homemakers, Housekeepers and Related Occupations is $11.33/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the sale and service sector and are below average for all intermediate occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.