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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

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
Primary Caregiver 3.4 years
Elder 3.2 years
Home Attendant 2.9 years
Home Care Giver 2.8 years
Nurse's Companion 2.7 years
Care Provider 2.5 years
Elderly Caregiver 2.4 years
Provider 2.4 years
Personal Assistant 2.4 years
Home Health Aid 2.4 years
Live In Caregiver 2.3 years
Care Taker 2.3 years
Direct Care Aide 2.2 years
In Home Aide 2.1 years
Direct Care Worker 2.1 years
Companion 2.0 years
Personal Attendant 2.0 years
Sitter 2.0 years
Elderly Companion 2.0 years
Home Help Aide 1.9 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 17.4%
Volunteer 3.3%
Internship 3.2%
Server 2.5%
Top Employers After
Cashier 9.3%
Internship 3.3%
Volunteer 3.3%
Server 3.1%
Teacher 2.2%
Nanny 1.9%

Companion Demographics

Gender

Female

86.8%

Male

11.0%

Unknown

2.2%
Ethnicity

White

80.3%

Hispanic or Latino

11.4%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

64.9%

French

8.8%

Russian

3.1%

Polish

3.1%

Italian

2.6%

Chinese

2.2%

German

2.2%

Mandarin

1.3%

Ukrainian

1.3%

Carrier

1.3%

Tagalog

1.3%

Hebrew

1.3%

Arabic

1.3%

Swahili

0.9%

Thai

0.9%

Cantonese

0.9%

Filipino

0.9%

Japanese

0.9%

Swedish

0.4%

Hausa

0.4%
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Companion Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.3%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

7.7%

Liberty University

7.4%

Gateway Community College

5.5%

Ashford University

5.5%

Kaplan University

5.5%

Everest Institute

4.9%

Capital Community College

4.6%

University of Connecticut

4.6%

Goodwin College

4.0%

Monroe Community College

4.0%

Central Connecticut State University

3.7%

Towson University

3.7%

Southern Connecticut State University

3.7%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.4%

Branford Hall Career Institute - Branford Campus

3.4%

University of Massachusetts - Boston

3.1%

Pima Community College

3.1%

Santa Fe College

3.1%

University of Central Florida

2.8%
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Majors

Nursing

17.3%

Medical Assisting Services

12.2%

Business

11.3%

Psychology

8.4%

Health Care Administration

8.0%

Nursing Assistants

7.6%

Social Work

4.6%

General Studies

4.5%

Criminal Justice

4.2%

Human Services

3.3%

Liberal Arts

2.2%

Biology

2.1%

Cosmetology

2.0%

Education

1.9%

Medical Technician

1.9%

Sociology

1.8%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.7%

Pharmacy

1.7%

Early Childhood Education

1.7%

Mental Health Counseling

1.7%
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Degrees

Other

40.3%

Bachelors

24.3%

Associate

15.0%

Certificate

9.0%

Masters

6.4%

Diploma

3.3%

License

1.3%

Doctorate

0.4%
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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

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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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