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Job Title - Professional Caregiver


A Professional Caregiver gives care to clients in a professional and compassionate manner in their own homes. They take care of people who are ill, injured, disabled or elderly.

Typical Job Activities

Helps clients take prescribed medication
Assists clients with ambulation and mobility around the house or outside (doctor’s appointments, walks etc.)
Assists clients with personal care and hygiene
Helps clients with physical therapy exercises
Plans and prepares meals with assistance from the clients (when they are able)
Does the client’s shopping or accompany them when they shop
Performs light housekeeping duties that clients can’t complete on their own
Be a pleasant and supportive companion
Reports any unusual incidents
Acts quickly and responsibly in cases of emergency

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Educational Requirements

No Specific requirements

Compulsory subjects: None
Recommended subjects: None

Entry to workplace

In-Service Training: Professional caregivers usually receive in-service training

What natural skills and/or aptitudes do I need for this occupation?

Have excellent knowledge of emergency response and first aid (CPR)
Be able to acquire basic nursing skills
Have patience and concern for the well-being of the patient
Have knowledge of housekeeping activities and cooking with attention to dietary constraints
Have the willingness to adhere to health and safety standards
Be reliable and have integrity
Be friendly
Be neat and orderly
Be respectful and compassionate
Have good time management skills
Have outstanding communication and interpersonal skills
Have strong ethics
Have physical endurance

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Employment Opportunities


Market Competitiveness


Income Potential


Self-Employment Options


International Employment Market


Possible Employers

Families of private patients recovering from strokes, heart attacks and major operations
Families of disabled persons
Frail-care centres in retirement villages and old-age homes
Special-care institutions

Relevant Contact Details

Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa


Hospice East Rand

Unisa short course in Care for the Caregiver

The Cape Learning Foundation

Career Progress and Path

Experience in specific field
Work performance

Possible Career Paths

Specialist career in the specific field

Employment Stability

Not very stable

Reasons to consider this career

To be of service to people
To work with people
I am very interested in a specific subject or field
I can communicate and interact with people