from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who aids a patient requiring long-term care in the private residence rather than in a hospital or nursing home.
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In other words, even if they only checked “meals,” they may be willing to do other things, such as give rides, be a home-helper, or some other specific need.
Officials of the Tokyo metropolitan government also said Tokyo will launch a program in fiscal 2009, starting in April, to provide the full amount of tuition for some 1,000 jobless residents in the capital to obtain the level-two home-helper certificate.