Homemakers and Companions
Under State of Florida guidelines, Homemakers and Companions are designated for work within a home environment to provide non-hands-on assistance.
Homemakers and Companions can provide:
• Meal preparation
• Shopping and running errands
• Non-medical client transportation
• Housekeeping, including
• Sweep floors
• Vacuum floors
• Mop floors (using sponge mop or cotton mop)
• Clean bathroom
• Wipe kitchen cupboards
• Take out garbage
• Remove old food items from refrigerator
• Make beds
• Fold and put away clothes
Limitations: A Homemaker/Companion cannot administer medications of any kind although they can remind the patient to take medications. A Homemaker/Companion cannot perform hands-on care including bathing.
Homemakers and Companions are similar to Home Health Aides and Certified Nursing Assistants but they cannot provide any Hand-On Care. Hands on Care includes bathing, dressing, transferring, assistance in the bathroom and other personal hygiene tasks.
Homemakers and Companions work under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN). The RN prepares an initial Plan of Care. This Plan provides instruction to staff on what tasks to accomplish while they are in the home. The RN further reviews the case notes of the Home Health Aide to ensure that they are meeting the goals and needs of the client.