Domestic skills for home care workers

Essential information for home care workers

Laser Learning


£30 inc VAT
Study method
Online, self-paced
2 hours
Access to content
Lifetime access
No formal qualification
Endorsed by Skills for Care
Additional info
  • Certificate of completion available and is included in the price

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As a home care worker, you’ll likely be expected to perform domestic tasks that the person you support would struggle to complete on their own.

These may be tasks you’re familiar and comfortable with, or you might need a bit of guidance. Learn how to complete common domestic tasks, such as cooking a snack or making the bed, and the importance of maintaining a good standard of cleanliness and hygiene.



Learning outcomes

  • You will know what is expected of you, in regards to domestic tasks, when caring for someone in their home
  • You will understand the importance of building trust with the person you care for, and how disconcerting it might feel for them having someone unfamiliar in the house helping with tasks they were once able to do for themselves
  • You will know what Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to use, and when

Advantages of this course

  • Whilst it’s important to keep a home tidy and well-presented for the self-esteem of the person you care for, it’s even more important to keep a home hygienically clean. The main reason you will be asked to complete cleaning tasks, such as wiping down kitchen surfaces or washing bed linen, is to eliminate harmful bacteria and ensure the health of the person you care for isn’t put in jeopardy. You may well be caring for someone with a weakened immune system so you should be sure to keep them safe from infection. This course contains crucial information on how to do this.
  • You are also at risk of infection or illness when performing domestic tasks so this course explains good practice in food hygiene, hand hygiene, infection control, and how and when to use PPE
  • Allergic reactions can happen when using unfamiliar household cleaners so this course explains signs and symptoms and what to do should you suspect an allergic reaction
  • You may be using substances hazardous to health in the home care environment, guidance from the Health and Safety Executive is included in the Reading section
  • Additional activities encourage you to reflect on your learning
  • There is also suggested extended reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge

After purchasing this course on Reed, a customer service representative from Laser Learning will email you with an access code and instructions on how to redeem it on the Laser Short Course website. You will need to register on the Laser Short Course website if you have not done so already.

If the purchase was made within business hours, you should expect your access code email within 1-2 hours. If your purchase was made outside of business hours, you should expect your access code email the next working day.

Who is this course for?

Home care workers


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