What You Need to Know About the Responsibilities of a Home Care Attendant

home care attendantThe position of a home care attendant is in more demand now than at any other time in history. The elderly population is living longer and many are favoring staying at home for long term care instead of moving into a skilled nursing facility. They often need care around the clock, and they need attendants in the home to ensure they remain safe. Home care attendants also help alleviate some of the family’s stress. Family caregivers know that they can go on with their daily routine and be assured that an attendant will be providing care while they are away. Having an attendant in the home can mean the difference between the senior having a fulfilling life or a lonely and depressed life.

Personal Care Assistance

First of all, a home care attendant can help patients with personal grooming and hygiene. The attendant can provide assistance with:

  • Bathing
  • Oral hygiene
  • Toileting
  • Dressing
  • Hair styling
  • Shaving

Medical Care (Basic)

Another responsibility home care attendants may have is providing minimal medical care to patients. They can administer topical medications to patients as prescribed by the physician. Monitoring vital signs and changing simple dressings are also examples of the responsibilities of home care attendants.

Mobility Assistance

Mobility impairments can pose a problem for many patients. Attendants that are in the home can help patients with transfers in and out of the bed and in and out of wheelchairs and vehicles. These attendants are trained to handle different types of equipment such as canes, walkers and other mobility devices.

Meal Preparation and Homemaking Assistance

Light housekeeping is another important responsibility of home care attendants. The attendant may need to:

  • Change linens
  • Wash laundry
  • Dust
  • Sweep
  • Vacuum

It is also important that the patient consumes a healthy and balanced diet. The attendant may be asked to shop for and/or prepare meals for the patient.


Companionship is probably one of the most important tasks home care attendants can complete for their patients. Unfortunately, patients who are home bound often become depressed and lonely. Attendants can talk to and read to patients. In addition, they can ask them questions about their interests and hobbies or even help them write or call family and friends.

A home care attendant is a vital member of an in-home patient’s health care team. And, they truly make a difference in their patients’ lives.

Your independence, comfort and dignity are important to us. We want you to be able to live comfortably in your home regardless of limitations or disabilities. So, contact Prosper today for a free assessment.