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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
  • $24,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Companion 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 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.

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
Home Care Giver 3.0 years
Home Health Care 2.7 years
Care Provider 2.6 years
Home Health Aid 2.6 years
Live In Caregiver 2.6 years
Provider 2.5 years
Elderly Caregiver 2.5 years
Care Taker 2.3 years
Elderly Companion 2.2 years
Personal Attendant 2.1 years
Senior Caregiver 2.1 years
Sitter 2.1 years
Companion 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Companion
Cashier 19.6%
Volunteer 3.7%
Internship 3.2%
Server 3.0%
Waitress 2.0%
Assistant 2.0%
Top Careers After Companion
Cashier 12.0%
Server 3.3%
Internship 3.0%
Volunteer 3.0%
Nanny 2.4%
Assistant 1.8%

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Average Yearly Salary
$24,000
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$18,000
Min 10%
$24,000
Median 50%
$24,000
Median 50%
$24,000
Median 50%
$24,000
Median 50%
$24,000
Median 50%
$24,000
Median 50%
$24,000
Median 50%
$32,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Providence Health & Services
Highest Paying City
Boston, MA
Highest Paying State
Massachusetts
Avg Experience Level
2.2 years
How much does a Companion make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Companion in the United States is $24,355 per year or $12 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $18,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $32,000.

The largest raises come from changing jobs.

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Real Companion Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Home Companion Angela R Cruz Jan 04, 2016 $20,870
Companion Mary M Tan Feb 24, 2010 $18,971
Companion, Live Charles Neuner Oct 11, 2007 $18,178
Companion Sylvia Feldman Mar 31, 2008 $15,715

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Top Skills for A Companion

  1. Meal Prep
  2. Companionship
  3. RUN Errands
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Distributed patient medication, administered bed baths, assisted in patient meal preparation and escorting patients to doctor appointments.
  • Alleviated loneliness experienced by senior citizens, by providing companionship with frequent visits and telephone calls.
  • Provide Companionship Run errands Meal preparation Light Housekeeping
  • Followed patient care directions and provided open communication with patient and medical provider.
  • Provide companionship to adolescent with Autism Spectrum Disorder, provide guidance with personal care, encourage independence, organize recreational activities

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Top 10 Best States for Companions

  1. Massachusetts
  2. Montana
  3. New Jersey
  4. New Hampshire
  5. Connecticut
  6. New York
  7. Minnesota
  8. Vermont
  9. Michigan
  10. Maine
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Companion Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 17,130 Companion resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Companion Demographics

Gender

Female

80.8%

Male

13.7%

Unknown

5.5%
Ethnicity

White

63.7%

Hispanic or Latino

15.5%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

5.7%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.3%

French

8.9%

Russian

3.5%

Chinese

2.6%

Polish

2.4%

Tagalog

2.0%

German

2.0%

Italian

1.8%

Arabic

1.6%

Mandarin

1.2%

Filipino

1.2%

Portuguese

1.2%

Swedish

0.8%

Ukrainian

0.8%

Cantonese

0.8%

Hebrew

0.8%

Swahili

0.6%

Romanian

0.6%

Urdu

0.6%

Hindi

0.6%
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Companion Education

Schools

Branford Hall Career Institute - Branford Campus

8.0%

Stone Academy - Hamden

7.6%

Everest Institute

6.8%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

6.4%

Ashford University

6.4%

Capital Community College

6.0%

Gateway Community College

5.4%

Housatonic Community College

5.4%

Porter and Chester Institute

4.8%

Kaplan University

4.8%

Goodwin College

4.4%

Naugatuck Valley Community College

4.4%

University of Connecticut

4.2%

Southern Connecticut State University

4.0%

Central Connecticut State University

3.8%

Liberty University

3.6%

Three Rivers Community College

3.6%

Monroe Community College

3.6%

Tunxis Community College

3.4%

Post University

3.4%
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Majors

Nursing

22.6%

Medical Assisting Services

15.1%

Business

9.4%

Health Care Administration

7.7%

Psychology

7.1%

Nursing Assistants

5.7%

General Studies

3.9%

Criminal Justice

3.7%

Social Work

3.2%

Human Services

3.2%

Liberal Arts

2.4%

Cosmetology

2.1%

Biology

1.9%

Education

1.9%

Medical Technician

1.9%

Pharmacy

1.7%

Accounting

1.7%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.7%

Mental Health Counseling

1.6%

Early Childhood Education

1.4%
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Degrees

High School Diploma

30.4%

Bachelors

22.5%

Associate

17.4%

Certificate

13.2%

Diploma

10.1%

Masters

4.2%

License

1.8%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Updated May 18, 2020