An administrative assistant is a person, whose work consists of maintaining calendar, files, operating telephones, typing letters and other clerical functions. Some administrative assistants focus on planning travel, scheduling meetings, and expediting routine emails. Others act as project leaders or office managers and undertake complex tasks including, managing budgets and doing bookkeeping, maintaining websites, and making travel arrangements.
An au pair is a domestic assistant working for, and living as part of, a host family. Typically, au pairs take on a share of the family’s responsibility for childcare as well as some housework, and receive a small monetary allowance for personal use. They are often foreign-nationals of the country in which they are working.
A baby nurse is a seasoned professional who comes to your home and helps care for your newborn, usually right out of the hospital. A baby nurse does not have to be a Registered Nurse, but has extensive hands on experience and knowledge of infant care.
A bodyguard (or close protection officer) is a type of security guard who protects a client when home or in public, and helps maintain their privacy—usually a famous, wealthy, or politically important figure— assuring safety from assault, kidnapping, assassination, stalking, loss of confidential information, terrorist attack or other threats.
A butler is a servant in a wealthy, large household or estate. In great houses, the household is sometimes divided into departments with the butler in charge of the dining room, wine cellar, and pantry. Some also have charge of the entire parlor floor, men’s wardrobe, and housekeepers caring for the entire house and its appearance. The butler, as the senior servant, typically has the highest servant status. The butler is in charge of food service, wine, spirits, and silver, supervises other servants, and may perform a wide array of household management duties.
A caretaker is a person that has the responsibility of the maintenance of the property, buildings, and the smooth running of an estate, especially when done in the absence of the owner. This includes making sure the heating/cooling system is working, painting, gardening, plumbing, carpentry, car maintenance, cleaning, portering goods, moving furniture, doing repairs, ordering materials, and charge of maintenance equipment. A caretaker may be asked to assist with heavy cleaning duties within the house.
A chauffeur is responsible for driving clients, family members, and guests to social and professional appointments. Chauffeurs are expected to care for the vehicle(s) cleanliness & maintenance, and ensure the vehicle(s) are operating properly. A Chauffeur may also be required to run errands as the client desires.
A chef prepares menus and food for the client/family, social events, and sometimes other staff. A chef is in charge of all things related to the kitchen which usually includes menu creation; management, scheduling kitchen staff; ordering; and plating design. Chef de cuisine is the traditional French term from which the English word chef is derived. The household Chef is responsible for anything food or kitchen-related, including organization, clean up, shopping for all food-related supplies and menu planning.
A companion, sitter, or private duty may be a nurse, nurse assistant, or similar professional who is hired to work with one patient (or occasionally two). An aide providing care to one or more persons in a private home is generally referred to as a home health aide.
A domestic couple can range from high end experience, where one or both is capable of managing multiple properties, to those who prefer, by nature or experience, to just clean and cook. Most couples are married with the traditional roles of the woman caring for the interior of the home and the man performing indoor/outdoor maintenance and grounds keeping and periodic chauffeuring.