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Working As A Care Provider

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • $27,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Care Provider Do

Personal care aides help clients with self-care and everyday tasks. They also provide social supports and assistance that enable clients to participate in their communities.

Duties

Personal care aides typically do the following:

  • Care for and assist clients with cognitive impairments, such as Alzheimer’s or mental illness
  • Engage clients by talking to or playing games with them, or by taking them for walks
  • Help clients with hygiene-related tasks, such as bathing, brushing teeth, and going to the bathroom
  • Transfer clients to and from a bed or a wheelchair
  • Complete housekeeping tasks, such as changing bed linens, washing dishes, and cleaning living areas
  • Help prepare and plan meals
  • Assist with organizing a client’s schedule and schedule appointments
  • Arrange transportation to and from doctors’ offices or the store
  • Help clients pay bills or manage money
  • Shop for personal items and groceries
  • Assist clients in going to work and participating in their communities

Personal care aides—also called caregivers and personal attendants—help clients with self-care and daily activities. Personal care aides perform tasks that are similar to those of home health aides. However, personal care aides cannot provide any medical services, whereas home health aides may provide basic medical services.

Direct support professionals work with people who have developmental or intellectual disabilities. They may help create a behavior plan and teach self-care skills, such as doing laundry or cooking meals. They may also provide other personal assistance services.

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How To Become A Care Provider

Most personal care aides are trained on the job. There are no formal education requirements for personal care aides, but most aides have a high school diploma.

Education

Although there are no formal education requirements for personal care aides, employers may prefer candidates with a high school diploma.

Training

Aides may be trained on the job by registered nurses, other personal care aides, or their direct employer. They are trained in specific tasks, such as how to work with a client who has a cognitive impairment and how to assist a client in preparing meals.

Most employers require aides to have training or certification in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Important Qualities

Detail oriented. Personal care aides must follow specific rules and protocols to help take care of clients. They must pay close attention to a client’s medical condition, quickly noting any changes that may require assistance from medical personnel.

Integrity. Personal care aides should make clients feel comfortable when the aides tend to personal activities, such as helping a client bathe. In addition, personal care aides must be dependable and trustworthy so that clients and their families can rely on them.

Interpersonal skills. Sometimes clients are in extreme pain or distress, and aides must be sensitive to their emotions. Aides must be compassionate, and they must enjoy helping people.

Physical stamina. Personal care aides should be comfortable performing physical tasks. They often need to lift or turn clients who have a disability.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Personal care aides may be required to complete a formal training program depending on the state where they work, and state laws vary widely in terms of the requirements that must be met. Some states and organizations may conduct background checks on prospective aides. A competency evaluation also may be required to ensure that the aide can perform certain tasks.

There are no federal training requirements for personal care aides. For specific state requirements, contact the state’s health board.

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Care Provider Demographics

Gender

Female

66.1%

Male

19.0%

Unknown

15.0%
Ethnicity

White

61.0%

Hispanic or Latino

18.9%

Black or African American

9.9%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

70.3%

French

6.5%

Russian

4.1%

German

2.7%

Hmong

2.5%

Mandarin

1.2%

Ukrainian

1.2%

Chinese

1.2%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Italian

1.0%

Japanese

1.0%

Cantonese

1.0%

Arabic

1.0%

Greek

0.8%

Tagalog

0.8%

Portuguese

0.8%

Urdu

0.8%

Turkish

0.6%

Hindi

0.6%

Hebrew

0.6%
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Care Provider Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.5%

Fresno City College

10.4%

Grand Valley State University

6.7%

Kaplan University

5.2%

Heald College - Central Administrative Office

5.0%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

4.8%

Ashford University

4.7%

Florida State College at Jacksonville

4.7%

San Joaquin Valley College

4.4%

The Academy

4.1%

Grand Canyon University

4.0%

San Joaquin Delta College

3.8%

Arizona State University

3.7%

Western Michigan University

3.6%

Everest Institute

3.4%

Michigan State University

3.2%

Houston Community College

3.0%

Washburn University of Topeka

3.0%

Grand Rapids Community College

2.9%

California State University - Fresno

2.8%
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Majors

Nursing

16.8%

Business

12.1%

Medical Assisting Services

10.6%

Psychology

8.6%

Health Care Administration

7.0%

Criminal Justice

6.5%

General Studies

4.3%

Social Work

4.1%

Nursing Assistants

3.7%

Human Services

3.1%

Accounting

2.9%

Cosmetology

2.7%

Education

2.7%

Liberal Arts

2.5%

Human Development

2.4%

Early Childhood Education

2.3%

Sociology

2.0%

Biology

2.0%

Medical Technician

2.0%

Computer Science

1.8%
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Degrees

Other

37.1%

Bachelors

25.2%

Associate

15.8%

Certificate

9.2%

Masters

7.3%

Diploma

3.4%

License

1.4%

Doctorate

0.6%
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Average Yearly Salary
$27,000
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$17,000
Min 10%
$27,000
Median 50%
$27,000
Median 50%
$27,000
Median 50%
$27,000
Median 50%
$27,000
Median 50%
$27,000
Median 50%
$27,000
Median 50%
$41,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Enlivant
Highest Paying City
Burlington, VT
Highest Paying State
Vermont
Avg Experience Level
2.6 years
How much does a Care Provider make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Care Provider in the United States is $27,101 per year or $13 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $17,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $41,000.

Real Care Provider Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Dental Care Provider Valuecare Dental, LLC Wichita, KS Oct 01, 2015 $120,000
Dental Care Provider Valuecare Dental, LLC Wichita, KS Oct 01, 2012 $96,000
Care Provider Harry Papanicolaou Pleasantville, NY Sep 23, 2015 $21,299
Care Provider Kawai Enterprises Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 10, 2008 $16,258

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Top Skills for A Care Provider

  1. Meal Prep
  2. Personal Care
  3. Laundry Services
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assist with accurate medication measurement and meal preparation.
  • Provided personal care for disabled mentally challenged clients.
  • Supported patients by providing Housekeeping and Laundry Services.
  • Distribute medication run errands Lighthouse work and performing a minor medical procedure
  • Provided caring companionship to developmentally disabled/elderly residents.

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