Home Based Carers provide supervised care and support to patients and their immediate family's/household members in the home and appropriate community-based settings in order to promote, restore and maintain a person's maximum level of comfort, function and health including care towards a dignified death. 

A qualified learner will be able to:

~Assess, plan and provide holistic (physical, spiritual, emotional and social) care and support for patients and household members. 

~Capacitate patient and household/family members as participants in the patient care team.  Make appropriate referrals in order to facilitate a continuum of care. 

~Maintain records and reports regarding care and support provided. 

Rationale: 

This qualification will equip learners with the necessary skills and competence to operate as HomeBased Carers. The benefits of Home Based Care (HBC) to the patient, to the family, to the community and to the broader health care system are well documented. Evidence from many countries suggests that home and community-based health services are critical to good health outcomes (WHO 2007). 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines HBC as the provisioning of health services by formal and informal care givers in the patient's home to promote, restore and maintain a person's maximum level of comfort, function and health, including care, towards a dignified death.

1. Occupational Purpose

a Social Auxiliary Worker. This occupation assists in the provisioning of social services and support to individuals, families, groups and communities with regards to a full range of social services and related social welfare matters. These services include but are not limited to services and support relating to: Emotional trauma (Life Skills development/Emotional Stress); Financial stress; Recreational needs; Social needs and matters relating to housing. (Developmental approach)

2. Occupational Tasks

  •   Provide basic counselling and support services to individuals and families with socio-economic challenges (NQF Level 5)

  •   Facilitate non-therapeutic (educational and support groups) groups towards the accomplishments of the developmental goals of the group (NQF Level 5)

  •   Facilitate participatory development in communities to address their common socio-economic needs and to promote social justice (NQF Level 5)

  •   Collect and collate data to inform social services interventions (NQF Level 4)


Health Promotion Officer is new profession in health sector that deal with prevention of diseases and improving health lifestyles.

Duties of Health Promotion Offer

  1. Treat simple diseases, injuries, wounds and refer to the clinic
  2.  Provide basic nursing care
  3. Provide palliative care
  4.  Take temperature, Bp, Pulse and respiration
  5. Check outbreak of transmitted diseases, teach and refer for treatment
  6. Check Sexual Transmitted Infections, teach and refer for treatment
  7. Check children and refer for immunisation
  8. Check pregnant mothers, mothers who have given birth and their babies and refer for treatment
  9. HIV and AIDS testing and counselling
  10. Check drug and substance abusers and refer them to rehabilitation centres
  11. Teach people about dangers of drug and substance abuse
  12. Teach people about cleanliness of in-house, environment and water
  13. Teach about women and men’s health
  14. Teach about child’s health
  15. Teach about health life styles

Home care is defined as the provision of health services by formal and informal caregivers in the home in order to promote, restore and maintain a person's maximum level of comfort, function and health including care towards a dignified death.

Ancillary care refers to the wide range of healthcare services provided to support the work of a primary physician. These services can be classified into three categories: diagnostic, therapeutic, and custodial. Diagnostic services include laboratory tests, radiology, genetic testing, diagnostic imaging, and more. Therapeutic services range from rehabilitation to physical and occupational therapy, as well as massage, chiropractic services, and speech therapy. Custodial services include everything from hospice care and long-term acute care to nursing facilities and urgent care.

Ancillary care is currently one of the fastest growing sectors of healthcare, representing nearly 30 percent of medical spending today. With today's rising healthcare costs, ancillary providers are frequently a prudent and cost-saving alternative to outpatient hospital and physician services.


In this course learn how to treat people suffering from various mental and physical health conditions, as a result of ageing and traumatic injuries


MGA online Elderly Care and Caring for the Disabled course will teach you how to treat people suffering from various mental and physical health conditions. Caregivers are highly valued and in-demand professionals who make a big difference to the health organizations they work for. With this short course, you will be able to acquire the essential skills and concepts that will take your caregiving career to the next level.