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Become A Companion

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Working As A Companion

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • $23,920

    Average Salary

What Does A Companion Do At Centrastate Healthcare System

* Provides a safe environment for the patient under the direction of a registered nurse
* Remains with patient at all times as directed by the registered nurse
* Reports behavior changes and patient requests to nurse
* Maintains patient rooms in neat, orderly manner
* Identifies risk management concerns and communicates findings to the appropriate individual(s) as related to safety, effectiveness, and cost in planning and delivering patient care as needed
* Provides basic nursing care, including partial and/or complete direct personal hygienic care to patients (i.e.: bathing, feeding, diversional activity) and assists patients with activities of daily living
* Assists with patient meal services
* Participates in preparation and intervention of diagnostic or therapeutic patient care with practitioner
* Reports and documents status of patient condition and patient care outcomes to RN
* Notifies nurse immediately for patient's complaints of pain/discomfort and any observed change in condition
* High school graduate or equivalency

What Does A Companion Do At St. Mary's Good Samaritan

* Assists patients with activities of daily living such as bathing, shaving, dressing, oral hygiene, hair, skin and nail care.
* Maintain a clean and healthful environment for the patient to include linen changes and tidying up the space.
* Remove extra equipment and excessive items.
* Observes ethics and confidentiality in regards to patient's affairs.
* Communicates skillfully with all patients, including those with sensory losses and/or dementia.
* Observes for skin irritation and breakdown and report abnormal findings to licensed nurse.
* Observes for changes in mental status: alertness, orientation, mood and reports abnormal findings to licensed nurse.
* Observes for changes in strength and coordination in patient and reports abnormal findings to licensed nurse.
* Follows directions for patient activities including turning, chair and ambulation.
* Provides dietary assistance to patients.
* Feeds or assists patients with meals/snacks/drinks as needed.
* Helps foster success of new team members.
* Actively involved in problem solving and quality improvement for the unit

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How To Become A Companion

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.


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


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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Companion Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

  • Unknown



  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Russian

  • Polish

  • Italian

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Mandarin

  • Ukrainian

  • Carrier

  • Tagalog

  • Hebrew

  • Arabic

  • Swahili

  • Thai

  • Cantonese

  • Filipino

  • Japanese

  • Swedish

  • Hausa

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Top Skills for A Companion


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Top Companion Skills

  1. Companionship
  2. RUN Errands
  3. Laundry
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Perform various housekeeping tasks, meal preparation, medicine placement, and companionship activities for clients in their residences.
  • Run errands for the client if required on the plan of care.
  • Provide laundry and linen service to include washing, ironing and folding clothes.
  • Prepare meals, clean up the kitchen, and perform menu planning and meal preparation for later use.
  • Care for patients by changing bed linens, washing and ironing laundry, cleaning, or assisting with their personal care.

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