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Working As A Developmental Aide

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • $23,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Developmental Aide 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 Developmental Aide

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
Developmental Aide 4.0 years
Direct Care Worker 2.3 years
Direct Care Aide 2.3 years
Residential Aide 2.2 years
Aide 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Developmental Aide
Cashier 12.1%
Counselor 4.4%
Waitress 2.6%
Aide 2.6%
Top Careers After Developmental Aide
Cashier 7.6%
Internship 4.4%
Assistant 3.9%
Aide 3.0%
Teacher 2.8%

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Top Skills for A Developmental Aide

  1. Independent Living
  2. Developmental Disabilities
  3. Behavioral Issues
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Supported residents to attain personal goals and encouraged a higher standard of independent living.
  • Provided job coaching and training to individuals with developmental disabilities in community work settings, sheltered workshop and residential care settings.
  • Job function includes working with individuals with development disabilities and/or behavioral issues.
  • Organized, supervised, and encouraged patient participation in social, educational, and recreational activities.
  • Communicated with other direct care staff, and supervisor for the purpose of sharing information and obtaining direction for specific assignments.

Developmental Aide Demographics

Gender

Female

64.8%

Male

22.5%

Unknown

12.8%
Ethnicity

White

63.6%

Hispanic or Latino

13.4%

Black or African American

12.7%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

75.0%

French

20.0%

Arabic

5.0%

Developmental Aide Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.6%

Finger Lakes Community College

8.9%

Monroe Community College

7.7%

Hawkeye Community College

6.5%

Dutchess Community College

5.9%

Touro College

5.9%

Liberty University

4.7%

Kaplan University

4.7%

Mohawk Valley Community College

4.7%

State University of New York Empire State College

4.1%

College of New Rochelle

4.1%

Argosy University-Phoenix

3.6%

Bryant and Stratton College

3.6%

Genesee Community College

3.6%

Erie Community College

3.6%

Suffolk County Community College

3.0%

Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York

3.0%

Adelphi University

3.0%

State University of New York Broome Community College

3.0%

State University of New York Buffalo

3.0%
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Majors

Nursing

16.8%

Business

12.0%

Psychology

11.6%

Human Services

11.6%

Criminal Justice

6.1%

Social Work

5.7%

Medical Assisting Services

4.2%

Liberal Arts

4.0%

Health Care Administration

3.6%

General Studies

3.4%

Nursing Assistants

2.7%

Mental Health Counseling

2.5%

Legal Support Services

2.5%

Elementary Education

2.3%

School Counseling

2.1%

Education

2.1%

Human Development

2.1%

Accounting

1.9%

Computer Science

1.5%

Early Childhood Education

1.5%
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Degrees

Other

30.9%

Bachelors

25.0%

Associate

21.3%

Masters

11.3%

Certificate

8.0%

Diploma

2.9%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.1%
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