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These professionals work in the social area and are part of an interdisciplinary team. In particular, they are responsible for providing the required attention and care to people who need support in the activities of daily living (ADL), always considering their family and their own environments.

These professionals work mostly in the home of people who have some degree of dependency (whether temporary or permanent), but also care for people or families in situations of vulnerability or social risk. Specifically, the support tasks that each person will perform will be defined and adjusted according to the intervention objectives and established work plan, which considers their needs and their level of autonomy.

Thus, the interventions carried out by these professionals are always personalised and individual, although in some cases, such as when working for a Home Care Service, they usually serve several people from the same area.

In summary, these professionals¿ functions focus on caring for people and their caregiving environment (family and community) and on performing preventive, educational, welfare and socialising tasks.


These professionals identify and respond to the personal, family and social needs of the people assisted. Specifically:

Monitor the eating habits.
  • Assist those people who require help with the intake of food.
  • Plan menus and prepare meals according to the health and nutrition requirements laid out by the specialist.
  • Ensure the supply and replacement of food.

Ensure personal hygiene and household cleanliness.
  • Carry out personal hygiene of the assisted person according to their needs.
  • Keep the clothing and shoes of the assisted person clean and in good condition.
  • Keep rooms clean and tidy to create a pleasant home environment.
  • Take care of the supply and replacement of cleaning and personal hygiene products.

Tend the emotional, physical and social needs.
  • Help the assisted person to move around and look after his/her physical, mental and comprehensive wellbeing.
  • Promote the assisted person¿s integration in the social community in order to continue developing his/her physical and mental faculties.
  • Adapt social support material to the specific circumstances of the assisted person.

Carry out prevention, support and follow-up actions.
  • Anticipate possible risk situations in the home to prevent falls or other factors that could worsen the assisted person condition.
  • Anticipate and communicate health problems or changes in the condition of the person in order to contribute to his/her good progress and evolution.
  • Control the person¿s prescribed medication to avoid self-medication and its consequences.
  • Provide assistance with administrative questions and health procedures, if the person requires it.
  • Manage the home documentation and maintenance, carrying out the necessary actions to ensure proper operation.

Coordinate with other professionals and community resources.
  • Help to provide continued care alongside other professionals from the social or healthcare services and report to the coordination of the home care service.
  • Communicate demands and needs to the social or healthcare services team in order to improve the care offered to people assisted in home care programmes.
  • When these professionals work with people from the same area, they become a reference at the community level and are in charge of identifying the resources of the area to promote their use or derivation.
  • Coordinate with other community professionals, such as care home entertainers, in order to integrate the person into the community.

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