ISCO 08 Code 5322      Home-based personal care workers

Lead Statement

Home-based personal care workers provide routine personal care, such as bathing, dressing, or grooming, to elderly, convalescent, or disabled persons in their own homes or in independent residential care facilities.

Task statement

Tasks include:

  • maintaining records of client care, condition, progress, or problems, reporting and discussing observations with supervisor, or referring concerns to appropriate nursing, medical or social service workers;
  • helping clients to move in and out of beds, wheelchairs or vehicles, and with bathing, toilet, dressing and grooming;
  • providing patients and families with emotional support and instruction in areas such as caring for infants, preparing healthy meals, living independently, or adaptng to disability or illness;
  • changing bed linen, washing and ironing patients’ laundry, and cleaning patients' quarters;
  • entertaining, conversing with, or reading aloud to patients to keep them mentally healthy and alert;
  • planning, purchasing, preparing, or serving meals to patients or other family members, according to prescribed diets;
  • ensuring that persons take prescribed medication at the right times and assisting them with their medication if required.

Included occupations

Examples of the occupations classified here:

  • Home care aide
  • Nursing aide (home)

Excluded occupations

Some related occupations classified elsewhere:

  • Nurse, professional - 2230
  • Social worker, professional - 2446
  • Nurse, associate professional - 3231
  • Social worker, associate professional - 3460
  • Nursing aide (clinic or hospital) - 5132


Workers who provide personal care to residents of medical and health care facilities that have permanent medical or nursing supervision (such as in hospitals and nursing homes) and therefore work under the direct supervision of nurses or doctors, should be classified in Unit group 5321, Health care assistants. 

Workers who provide personal care to residents of independent living units (such as in retirement villages), generally without permanent medical or nursing supervision, should be classified in Unit Group 5322, Home-based personal care workers. 

In general, workers classified in Minor group 532, Personal care workers in health services, do not perform tasks requiring extensive medical knowledge or training, such as administering medications and cleaning and dressing wounds: where tasks of this type are performed they are of a simple and routine nature.


ISCO 88 Code(s) 5133

(NCvB; Maart 2010)