Helps the new mother care for her baby by assisting with feedings, naps, diaper changes, washing clothes, and maintaining overall cleanliness of the nursery (IS THIS ACCURATE?) The Baby Nurse/Doula is not responsible for care of the mother or any household duties outside of the baby nursery. These tend to be temporary jobs with 12 or 24 hour shifts, and last two weeks to three months.
Protects clients while in public and helps maintain their privacy. A Bodyguard may be remain at the household or be the driver/chaperone. He or she could work with a team or serve the client individually. A Bodyguard is typically physically fit, and trained in personal protection techniques and martial arts. A Bodyguard may be required to carry a firearm and in some cases, past experience as a police officer is required.
A Butler is customarily responsible for a single residence by supervising household staff, setting up the household, and ensuring all domestic duties are fulfilled. Typical tasks include ordering household supplies, setting and serving a formal table, caring for the silver, china, and crystal, overseeing dinner parties, and supervising other events held in the home. A Butler should have a working knowledge of wines and may be required to use a computer, iPad or additional technology.
A Houseman is usually responsible for the heavy housework such as cleaning hardwood and marble floors, vacuuming, polishing silver and brass, and making additional home repairs. He or she may be required to care for the foyer or front entry area of the house plus walkways. In some cases a Houseman would also act as a Housekeeper.
A Caretaker is in complete charge of the outside and inside maintenance of the home. Typical duties include painting, gardening, plumbing, carpentry, overseeing workmen and scheduling annual repairs. A Caretaker also oversees the care and repair of the family’s automobiles and other maintenance equipment (lawnmowers, snow blowers, etc.). A Caretaker may be a live-in position.
Chauffeur / Driver
A Chauffeur will typically be responsible for driving family members and guests to social and professional appointments. He or she is also expected to care for the car by making sure it is always clean and operational. A Chauffeur may also be required to work in the office of the employer, doing filing or faxing, and light errands. Hours often vary, so flexibility is very important.
Chef / Cook
A Chef or Cook prepares detailed menus and food for the household family and social events. A Cook or Chef may also prepare meals for the household staff. He or she is responsible for anything food or kitchen related, including organization, clean up, shopping for all food and food-related supplies, and menu planning. Levels of expertise range from a basic family cook to the professionally trained gourmet chef.
Couple / Estate Couple / Domestic Couple
Typically a married couple, this full-charge household team oversees various aspects of daily life. Usually one person is responsible for the inside of the home: cleaning, cooking, shopping, menu planning, laundry, serving, and overseeing the daily activities of the house. The other person is responsible for the outside: grounds, gardening, light maintenance, repair and maintenance of machinery, and automobile care. In more formal situations, only the inside of the house is included and managed by the Couple together. Housing is usually provided.
Elder Caretakers help with every aspect of a senior’s daily living, including driving to appointments, housekeeping, companionship and personal assistance. They help the seniors live safely and comfortably at home, instead of in a facility. Elder Caretakers may assist with meal preparation and clean up, shopping, light errands, bathing and/or stand-by assistance with bathing, dressing, and daily organizational needs (such as calendar management and scheduling). An Elder Caretaker makes sure the senior you love is in capable and compassionate hands.
Estate / Household Manager
Primarily a Chief Administrator, the Estate or Household Manager assumes a leadership role for managing the staff and services for one or more homes. This may include interviewing and supervising all contractors, attending to the proper care of automobiles, maintaining the wine cellar, managing accounts and other functions, as needed.
Executive Assistants work for a company officer at either a public or private business, and possess the authority to make crucial decisions affecting the direction of such organizations. The Executive Assistant performs the administrative roles of managing correspondence, preparing research, and effectively communicating on the executive’s behalf. She or he also acts as the “gatekeeper,” by understanding in various ways the requirements of the executive. Executive Assistants require excellent judgment to help determine which scheduled events, meetings and obligations are the most appropriate allocation of the executive’s time.
A Gardener/Landscaper cares for formal gardens, lawns, shrubs, flowers and other areas on the premises. He or she may have a degree in horticulture or be self taught. The Gardener also supervises outside vendors who visit the grounds and orders supplies and equipment for the estate. A top of the line Gardener/Landscaper would have knowledge of insecticides and chemical application. Many have greenhouse experience as well. Housing is often included. This job can also be combined with a Caretaker position.
Housekeeper / Maid
A Housekeeper/Maid is in charge of running the home, which may include overseeing other employees, cleaning, doing the laundry, ironing, dusting, silver polishing, vacuuming and running errands. Housekeeper duties may also include some meal preparation and/or childcare duties. Housekeepers can live in or outside the home.
Depending on the size of the household, some may require Ladies’ Maids, Chamber Maids, Kitchen Maids, Parlor Maids and/or Upstairs Maids. These positions are usually found in larger estates, with staff being responsible for cleaning and maintaining one specific area of the home. Ladies’ Maids or Personal Maids may be required to do an employer’s hair, help her dress and undress, prepare and pack for trips, and maintain the order of her wardrobe.
A Laundress washes, irons and steams clothing, table linens and sheets. Duties may also include organizing the closets or dressers, and polishing pairs of shoes.
Nanny / Governess
Nannies are in charge of organizing and coordinating the children’s activities, preparing their meals, and keeping their bedrooms and play areas clean. He or she may have several years of college or a bachelor’s degree, and is ideally certified in CPR and First Aid. A Governess is a Nanny with a formal education related to childcare or education. She or he may home school / tutor children and handle all aspects of childcare while parents are away for extended periods of time.
Personal Assistant / Family Assistant
A Personal Assistant is responsible for keeping up with the social and professional demands of an employer. Duties may include keeping track of the family agenda, arranging for reservations, scheduling events, booking travel, event planning, administrative responsibilities, shopping and running errands.
A Family Assistant is responsible for the same tasks as a Personal Assistant, with the addition of childcare related duties.