This profession aims to offer help and support to clients of all ages who have physical, psychological, or psychosocial illnesses or disabilities in various sectors such as public, private, and community. The primary purpose of the profession is to help people overcome their limitations and support them in preserving or regaining their independence and health.

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The Institutional and Home Care Assistance program of vocational studies prepares students to work as personal care attendants and live-in caregivers in the health and social services field. The objectives:

  • Work with the care team to identify people's needs;
  • Help each person to get up and move around (some have paraplegia and need to be transferred to their wheelchair using a hydraulic lever, while others only need to secure their exit from bed to avoid a nasty fall);
  • Assist users in their movements;
  • Assist those who need help with meals;
  • Assist users with grooming, which includes changing incontinence pants if they are not independent; helping with undressing, bathing or hand-bathing, dressing, maintaining hygiene, hairdressing, shaving, and other related tasks;
  • Give users basic care according to their condition (take oral medication, change dressings, etc.) and communicate information about their state of health and changes in behaviour to the care team;
  • Prevent infections, contamination and accidents;
  • Provide a human presence (to the best of your ability) by establishing a relationship of trust with beneficiaries who need it to help them, encourage them and give them the moral support they need, particularly in the last moments of life;
  • Stimulate the person's autonomy and assist them in their socialization and integration into their environment;
  • supervise and train volunteers, caregivers, students and caregivers' assistants.
  • Perform other assistance tasks as required.


  • Interest in helping others and teamwork.
  • Sense of responsibility.
  • Good judgment.
  • Organizational skills.
  • Manual dexterity.
  • Attentive
  • Autonomous
  • Courteous
  • Critical
  • Diplomatic
  • Healthy
  • Flexible
  • Patient
  • Punctual
  • Responsible
  • Vigilant



  • Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS) in personal care (institutional and home care);
  • High availability for a variable work schedule: day, evening, night, weekend.


  • Care Assistant
  • Health and social services assistant
  • Auxiliary in the care of disabled children
  • Rehabilitation Assistant
  • Home care attendant
  • Residential care attendant (hospital or CHSLD)
  • Physiotherapy attendant
  • Psychiatric rehabilitation attendant (after experience)
  • Nursing home attendant
  • Operating theatre attendant



  • Nursing homes.
  • Hospitals.
  • CLSC
  • Rehabilitation centers.
  • Private agencies.
  • Self-employed
  • Private homes for older people;
  • In-home care;
  • Medical clinics
  • Nursing homes or private homes for the disabled


  • Hold a Secondary School Diploma (SSD) or its recognized equivalent.


  • Be at least 16 years old by September 30 of the current school year AND have or be in the process of obtaining the Secondary III French, English, and Mathematics credits.


  • Be 18 years old at the time of entry into training and have the functional prerequisites, i.e. pass the general development test (TDG) and the specific Secondary III French prerequisites.


  • The person must be at least 16 years old by September 30 of the school year when they begin their vocational training in this program, hold the Certificate of Vocational Training in a Semi-Skilled Trade (CFMS), and have obtained the required credits in the language of instruction, second language, and mathematics from the first cycle of secondary education in general youth education or from Secondary II in general adult education.


  • The person is 15 years old or older by September 30 of the current school year, is enrolled in a pilot project for concomitance or in the Vocational Future-Studies pathway, has reached vocational maturity, and has obtained Secondary II credits in the language of instruction, second language, and mathematics. Through integrated schedule concomitance, they will continue their vocational training and general education (in the youth or adult sector) to acquire the missing prerequisites of Secondary III in order to obtain their Diploma of Vocational Studies or Secondary School Diploma as part of the Vocational Future-Studies pathway. Authorization from the Ministry is required for the admission of a student in Secondary III concomitance in this program.

Program Content

5358 – Institutional And Home Care Assistance

Code Competency statement Number of hours Units
251-702 To situate oneself in relation to the profession and the training process 30 2
251-714 Establish a supportive relationship 60 4
251-724 Adopt relational approaches with clients presenting cognitive or mental problems and neurodevelopmental disorders 60 4
251-734 Determine how to intervene in relation to the needs of clients with physical illnesses and disabilities. 60 4
251-745 Accompany clients in everyday situations 75 5
251-752 Prevent infection and contamination 30 2
251-768 Provide assistance with activities of daily living 120 8
251-772 Deal with high-risk situations 30 2
251-782 Intervene with customers requiring assisted care at home or in a substitute living environment 105 7
251-794 Deal with family, social and cultural realities 60 4
251-802 Assist clients receiving end-of-life palliative care 30 2
251-813 Consider rules and procedures when administering medication and invasive care to assist with activities of daily living 45 3
251-824 Provide assistance based on the client's clinical situation 60 4
251-832 Provide first aid 30 2
251-845 Intervene after clients requiring short-term assistance 75 5
TOTAL 870 58