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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
  • $20,980

    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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Average Length of Employment
Day Care Provider 4.2 years
Primary Caregiver 3.4 years
Elder 3.2 years
Care Provider 3.0 years
Home Attendant 2.9 years
Home Care Giver 2.8 years
Provider 2.4 years
Elderly Caregiver 2.4 years
Home Health Aid 2.4 years
Care Associate 2.3 years
Care Taker 2.3 years
Live In Caregiver 2.3 years
Direct Care Aide 2.2 years
In Home Aide 2.1 years
Direct Care Worker 2.1 years
Sitter 2.0 years
Companion 2.0 years
Personal Attendant 2.0 years
Resident Care Aide 1.9 years
Home Help Aide 1.9 years
Career Assistant 1.9 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 18.4%
Internship 4.3%
Volunteer 3.4%
Server 3.0%
Waitress 2.9%
Manager 2.7%
Top Employers After
Cashier 13.3%
Internship 4.6%
Volunteer 3.4%
Teacher 3.2%
Manager 3.2%
Server 3.0%

Care Provider Demographics

Gender

Female

77.3%

Male

20.4%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

78.0%

Hispanic or Latino

13.5%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

67.4%

French

6.4%

Russian

4.2%

German

3.8%

Hmong

2.7%

Portuguese

1.9%

Arabic

1.9%

Ukrainian

1.5%

Italian

1.5%

Mandarin

1.1%

Armenian

1.1%

Cantonese

1.1%

Japanese

1.1%

Turkish

0.8%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Greek

0.8%

Persian

0.8%

Hindi

0.4%

Dutch

0.4%

Korean

0.4%
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Care Provider Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.0%

Fresno City College

12.3%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

7.6%

Grand Valley State University

5.9%

Butte College

5.3%

San Joaquin Delta College

4.4%

Kaplan University

4.4%

Ashford University

4.0%

Michigan State University

4.0%

Grand Rapids Community College

3.8%

Western Michigan University

3.8%

Grand Canyon University

3.8%

Florida State College at Jacksonville

3.6%

California State University - Fresno

3.4%

Washburn University of Topeka

3.4%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.2%

Merced College

3.2%

Arizona State University

3.0%

Glendale Community College

3.0%

College of the Sequoias

3.0%
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Majors

Nursing

14.8%

Business

12.3%

Psychology

8.6%

Medical Assisting Services

7.8%

Criminal Justice

7.1%

Health Care Administration

6.3%

Social Work

5.5%

Nursing Assistants

5.2%

General Studies

4.2%

Human Services

3.5%

Accounting

3.0%

Education

3.0%

Human Development

2.7%

Early Childhood Education

2.6%

Liberal Arts

2.6%

Sociology

2.5%

Medical Technician

2.5%

Cosmetology

2.0%

Pharmacy

1.9%

Management

1.7%
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Degrees

Other

36.5%

Bachelors

26.0%

Associate

15.9%

Masters

8.8%

Certificate

8.6%

Diploma

2.2%

License

1.2%

Doctorate

0.7%
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Real Care Provider Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Urgent Care Provider Willis-Knighton Health System Shreveport, LA Oct 01, 2013 $240,005
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

LaundryServicesMealPrepPersonalCareCompanionshipChildCarePersonalHygieneAssistanceDailyLivingActivitiesPatientCareVitalSignsDoctorAppointmentsSpecialNeedsADLCPRDementiaCustomerServiceHealthCareMedicalAppointmentsResponsibilitiesiDailyCareSafeEnvironment

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Top Care Provider Skills

  1. Laundry Services
  2. Meal Prep
  3. Personal Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided transportation, home cleaning, personal care, laundry services, meal preparation, and grocery shopping.
  • Executed a daily routine that included grooming activities, personal hygiene and meal preparation.
  • Administer bedside and personal care, such as ambulation and personal hygiene assistance.
  • Accompany clients to doctors' offices or on other trips outside the home, providing transportation, assistance, and companionship.
  • Worked in broad range of customer service positions including food service, retail, management, and special needs child care.

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