Professional CAREGiver Qualifications

In a nutshell, caregiving is anything you do that enhances the quality of life for seniors and helps keep them independent. Caregiving covers  many responsibilities; often times many caregivers don't even realise they are providing this service.

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If you regularly provide emotional support for an elderly person, you could be considered a caregiver.  If you're picking up prescriptions or taking a senior to a doctor's appointment, helping an older adult around the house or paying the bills,  you're a caregiver. 

As a caregiver, you have the opportunity to expand these skills into a rewarding, fulfilling profession that can significantly enhance the quality of life for a senior. Professional CAREGivers provide a variety of non-medical services that allow seniors to remain in their homes, including companionship and home help services.

Companionship services are those that stimulate, encourage, and assist an individual. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Providing companionship and conversation
  • Providing stabilisation and assistance with walking
  • Preparing meals and cleaning up meal-related items
  • Providing medication and appointment reminders

Home help services
 generally involve light housekeeping, errands or incidental transportation. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Performing light housekeeping tasks such as dusting, vacuuming, making beds, changing linen, cleaning bathrooms and kitchens, etc.
  • Laundry, washing and ironing
  • Running errands
  • Accompanying clients to appointments

Other responsibilities might be added to these lists, depending on your client’s needs, but the most important and most rewarding aspect of a career as a Professional CAREGiver is the value you can bring to a older person’s life.

Professional Home Instead CAREGivers are trained, insured, thoroughly screened, Garda checked and matched to meet the client's needs.

Professional CAREGiver Training and Support

At Home Instead , we recognise the important role training and education play in preparing and supporting our Professional CAREGivers.  From the moment you're hired, your local Home Instead office will provide you with our high quality training programme, ensuring you have the  expert skills needed to become a Home Instead  CAREGiver.  Our training programme will also prepare you for the professionalism required to work for the leading home care provider in Ireland and throughout the world.   

All Home Instead CAREGivers must attend our specialist research-based induction programme and those  CAREGivers who work with HSE clients must gain a FETAC/QQI qualification.   

Home Instead can offer subsidised training nationwide to CAREGivers wishing  to gain the FETAC/QQI qualification  through our training partner Frontline Training Services who deliver a number of professional accredited awards to Home Instead CAREGivers.


Training includes:

  • Client safety and safety in the home
  • Safe client moving and handling
  • Client confidentiality
  • Communication in caring
  • Food hygiene and meal preparation
  • Personal care
  • Specialised Person Centred Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care
  • Caring for people with chronic conditions such as Arthritis
  • Palliative Care training

What's in it for you?

  • No medical experience necessary
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Training provided
  • Supplemental income
  • Rewarding career
  • A great way to meet  new people

To further support you, you will have the opportunity to attend CAREGiver meetings to chat with and learn from other Home Instead CAREGivers.  Office staff are also a resource for you to help answer any questions you may have and support you in your role. 

Our primary mission is to keep seniors independent for as long as possible, and that means making sure our Professional CAREGivers have the tools and training they need to provide older adults with the highest quality care. We offer training, professional experience and resources that will benefit our employees now and for any future endeavours they might choose.

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