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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
  • $26,000

    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
Family Caregiver 3.5 years
Home Care Giver 3.0 years
Home Health Aid 2.6 years
Care Provider 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
Sitter 2.1 years
Home Help Aide 2.1 years
Personal Attendant 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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Companion Demographics

Gender

Female

73.6%

Unknown

15.4%

Male

11.0%
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

University of Phoenix

16.1%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

6.8%

Everest Institute

5.8%

The Academy

5.5%

Branford Hall Career Institute - Branford Campus

5.2%

Gateway Community College

5.1%

Capital Community College

5.0%

Ashford University

5.0%

Stone Academy - Hamden

4.9%

Housatonic Community College

4.5%

Goodwin College

4.2%

Liberty University

4.0%

Kaplan University

4.0%

University of Connecticut

3.8%

Porter and Chester Institute

3.7%

Central Connecticut State University

3.6%

Naugatuck Valley Community College

3.6%

Towson University

3.3%

Monroe Community College

3.2%

Southern Connecticut State University

2.9%
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Majors

Nursing

21.8%

Medical Assisting Services

14.4%

Business

10.6%

Health Care Administration

7.5%

Psychology

7.1%

Nursing Assistants

5.3%

General Studies

4.1%

Criminal Justice

3.9%

Social Work

3.6%

Human Services

3.2%

Liberal Arts

2.3%

Education

2.1%

Cosmetology

2.1%

Biology

1.9%

Accounting

1.9%

Medical Technician

1.8%

Pharmacy

1.7%

Mental Health Counseling

1.7%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.5%

Sociology

1.4%
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Degrees

Other

40.0%

Bachelors

23.0%

Associate

15.1%

Certificate

9.9%

Masters

5.9%

Diploma

4.3%

License

1.5%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Average Yearly Salary
$26,000
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$17,000
Min 10%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
CentraState Healthcare System
Highest Paying City
Rochester, NY
Highest Paying State
Alaska
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 $26,056 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 $39,000.

Real Companion Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Home Companion Angela R Cruz Meriden, CT Jan 04, 2016 $20,870
Companion Mary M Tan New York, NY Feb 24, 2010 $18,971
Companion, Live Charles Neuner NY Oct 11, 2007 $18,178
Companion Sylvia Feldman Nashville, TN 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:
  • Task consisting of meal preparation, cleaning, feeding, bathing, toileting, as well as assisting with daily resources.
  • Provided companionship to elderly patients which also included feeding and light bathing
  • Light housework, cooking, run errands, medication reminders and appointment reminders.
  • Care for patients by changing bed linens, washing and ironing laundry, cleaning, or assisting with their personal care.
  • Documented patient care provided according to policy and procedure guidelines.

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