What do Home Care Assistants Do?
Companionship, empathy and kindness are at the heart of what it means to be a Home Care Assistants. Home Care Assistants enable people to live independently in their own home.
Responsibilities differ for each client and might include some or all of the following:
- Mobility – assist to stand, walk, transfer to / from bed and bathroom
- Personal Care – wash, shower, dress
- Nutrition – meal prep, shopping list, shopping, assistance to eat
- Medication reminders – prompt only. We do not handle medications
- Light Housekeeping – tidy up
New to caring
If you are interested in joining the caring profession as a carer why not train with Private HomeCare? Our QQI courses are national standard accreditation training and are ideal for helping you to launch your career.
Experienced Home Care Assistants
If you have experience of caring professionally or for a loved one at home, our Home Care Assistant training courses can help you to enhance your career.
Qualifications and Experience
To qualify to work as a carer, you must meet the standards of our national government body, the Health Service Executive body (HSE) by completing necessary courses: People Handling course & Children’s First course – find out more here
As Home Care Assistants are entrusted to go into homes and work with people, there are strict policies in place, for everyone’s safety.
We carry out Garda vetting and reference checks. Thank you for your understanding.
- be resident in Ireland
- have a relevant work visa if required
- have a good command of the English language
People Handling course
The first step in this is a People Handling course. This is a one day course that costs €80. Anyone can sign up. There are no computers, no assignments, no work experience and no prep needed! It’s a demonstration and skills course only.
Training takes place in The Lucan Centre, Lucan, Dublin, which is well served by public transport.
Children’s First course
Children’s First is a compulsory course for all Home Care Assistants, even if you are not working directly with children. This is a free online course, offered by the HSE and takes only one hour to self-complete.
As we are Ireland’s premier providers of home care, we are usually very busy. As much as possible, we offer you work in your locality. We also offer flexible hours to accommodate you as best we can.
The majority of our bookings take place during the day and early evening, across seven days. The minimum client time is 30 minutes. Home Care Assistants typically care for several clients in one day.
Yes. Your home location and mode of transport is taken into account when allocating bookings.
Rates vary depending on qualifications, experience and days worked e.g. Sunday, Bank Holidays.
Home Care Assistants are paid weekly, straight into your bank account.
Yes, you can start to work as a Home Care Assistant if you are committed to undertaking the necessary training. We require all new Home Care Assistants to attend our two day induction course. This is free to Private HomeCare approved Home Care Assistants.
Many carers enter the profession based on personal experience. This is very valuable and we welcome your application.
No. When we surveyed customers, their strong preference was for anonymity. However we do have guidelines for health and safety reasons. We also provide gloves and aprons if required.
We welcome applicants from all those interested in caring. If you don’t have experience, we can train you. Please contact us to learn more.