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Working As A Direct Care Aide

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • $25,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Direct Care 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 Direct Care 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 4.5 years
Care Provider 2.6 years
Care Taker 2.3 years
Direct Care Worker 2.3 years
Direct Care Aide 2.0 years
Resident Care Aide 2.0 years
Resident Aide 1.6 years
Top Careers Before Direct Care Aide
Cashier 19.3%
Volunteer 2.5%
Waitress 2.4%
Server 2.4%
Aide 2.3%
Top Careers After Direct Care Aide
Cashier 10.6%
Supervisor 2.3%
Aide 1.9%
Waitress 1.9%

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Top Skills for A Direct Care Aide

  1. Meal Prep
  2. Independent Living
  3. Medical Appointments
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Supervised and assisted needed residents during meal preparation, housekeeping responsibilities, personal hygiene, grooming and other activities as needed.
  • Assist Direct Care Supervisor in the assessment of each individual s abilities, interests, and need areas toward independent living.
  • Assisted with monitoring medical needs, including scheduling and transporting to medical appointments, filling prescriptions and self-administration of medications.
  • Assist with homemaker personal care for individuals who have developmental disabilities.
  • Assisted six Individuals with developmental disabilities to achieve their activities of daily living to their highest ability.

Direct Care Aide 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 2,401 Direct Care Aide 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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Direct Care Aide Demographics

Gender

Female

68.1%

Male

17.5%

Unknown

14.4%
Ethnicity

White

68.0%

Black or African American

12.9%

Hispanic or Latino

9.9%

Asian

6.0%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

66.7%

Italian

8.3%

Swedish

4.2%

Portuguese

4.2%

Vietnamese

4.2%

German

4.2%

Japanese

4.2%

French

4.2%
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Direct Care Aide Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.6%

Baker College

6.8%

Kaplan University

5.8%

Owens Community College

5.3%

Everest Institute

5.3%

McNeese State University

4.7%

Carl Albert State College

4.2%

Suffolk County Community College

4.2%

Langston University

4.2%

University of Toledo

3.7%

Lansing Community College

3.7%

Southeast Missouri State University

3.7%

Ross Medical Education Center

3.7%

Idaho State University

3.7%

Hunter Business School

3.7%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

3.2%

Bryant and Stratton College

3.2%

University of Arkansas-Fort Smith

3.2%

Henry Ford College

3.2%

Community College of Allegheny County

3.2%
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Majors

Nursing

19.4%

Medical Assisting Services

12.3%

Business

11.1%

Health Care Administration

9.2%

Psychology

7.8%

Criminal Justice

6.9%

Human Services

4.9%

Nursing Assistants

4.3%

General Studies

4.1%

Social Work

4.0%

Liberal Arts

2.6%

Mental Health Counseling

1.8%

Pharmacy

1.7%

Medical Technician

1.7%

Cosmetology

1.5%

Education

1.5%

Sociology

1.4%

Teaching Assistants/Aides

1.4%

Accounting

1.4%

Biology

1.3%
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Degrees

Other

39.5%

Bachelors

19.8%

Associate

18.5%

Certificate

9.9%

Diploma

5.7%

Masters

4.8%

License

1.7%

Doctorate

0.2%
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