Healing happens best when patients have the comfort of a familiar face nearby. The care partner is a trusted friend or a family member that serves in this capacity so that the patient feels comfortable during treatment. They perform daily care tasks, serve as an active member of the healthcare team, and receive patient updates over the phone.
Their key responsibilities are to provide physical care for patients including any and all activities of daily living needs including bathing, toileting, dressing, transferring, assistance with eating, etc. They are also responsible for the overall well-being of patients through the implementation and facilitation of meaningful, social, emotional, spiritual, physical, and intellectual programming. The qualifications needed for a career as a care partner begin with an associate's degree in nursing or a related field. Some hospitals and nursing homes hire care partners that have not yet completed nursing school. Many university hospitals even hire their own nursing students as care partners, as it is an excellent opportunity to further their education.
The average hourly salary for the position is $13.27, which equates to $27,609 annually. The career is expected to grow substantially in the coming years and result in various new job opportunities emerging all over the United States.