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Working As A Direct Care Counselor

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • $29,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Direct Care Counselor 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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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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Direct Care Counselor Career Paths

Direct Care Counselor
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Case Manager
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Registered Nurse Supervisor Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Licensed Practical Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Residential Counselor Therapist Case Manager
Medical Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Residential Counselor Therapist Program Manager
Service Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Residential Counselor Clinician Program Manager
Deputy Director
9 Yearsyrs
Counselor Administrator Registered Nurse Case Manager
Director Of Case Management
11 Yearsyrs
Counselor Team Leader Program Director
Director Of Residential Services
7 Yearsyrs
Counselor Adjunct Professor Superintendent
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Program Coordinator Lead Teacher
Child Care Director
5 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Clinical Social Worker Social Work Supervisor
Director Of Social Work
6 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Mental Health Worker Residential Supervisor
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Lead Teacher House Manager
Home Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Clinician Residential Supervisor
Residential Director
6 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Therapist Program Supervisor
Residential Program Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Medicaid Service Coordinator Case Planner Integrator
Health Unit Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Patient Care Coordinator Registered Nurse Case Manager
Health Care Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Lead Teacher Center Director
Early Head Start Director
7 Yearsyrs
Clinician Program Supervisor Assistant Program Manager
Acting Program Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Developmental Aide 4.5 years
Direct Care Worker 2.3 years
Direct Care Aide 2.3 years
Relief Counselor 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Direct Care Counselor
Cashier 12.1%
Internship 10.5%
Counselor 4.6%
Volunteer 4.2%
Top Careers After Direct Care Counselor
Counselor 5.5%
Internship 4.9%
Cashier 4.3%
Supervisor 3.5%
Assistant 3.4%

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Top Skills for A Direct Care Counselor

  1. Independent Living
  2. Crisis Intervention
  3. Safe Environment
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assist developmentally disabled individuals with independent living
  • Developed expertise in TCI approved crisis intervention and behavioral management.
  • Provided safe environment by monitoring behavior patterns of all consumers.
  • Provided direct care services to teenage boys placed in a specific congregate care program as part of an inter-disciplinary treatment team.
  • Utilize different methods of communication to motivate consumers in implementing treatment plans effectively.

Direct Care Counselor 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 5,686 Direct Care Counselor 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 Counselor Demographics

Gender

Female

57.4%

Male

26.3%

Unknown

16.2%
Ethnicity

White

63.9%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Black or African American

12.3%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.6%

French

19.4%

Portuguese

4.8%

Italian

3.0%

Mandarin

2.4%

Hindi

1.2%

Russian

1.2%

Chinese

1.2%

Japanese

1.2%

Persian

1.2%

Arabic

1.2%

Swahili

0.6%

Turkish

0.6%

Somali

0.6%

Korean

0.6%

Danish

0.6%

Khmer

0.6%

Igbo

0.6%

Yoruba

0.6%

Vietnamese

0.6%
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Direct Care Counselor Education

Schools

Suffolk County Community College

12.0%

State University of New York Stony Brook

10.7%

University of Phoenix

9.5%

College of New Rochelle

7.8%

Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York

5.1%

Nassau Community College

5.0%

Monroe College

4.6%

Adelphi University

4.6%

Metropolitan College of New York

4.1%

Borough of Manhattan Community College of the City University of New York

4.1%

York College

3.7%

Saint Joseph's College, New York

3.4%

Central Connecticut State University

3.4%

Hunter Business School

3.4%

Dowling College

3.2%

LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York

3.2%

Touro College

3.2%

LIU Brooklyn

3.1%

Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York

3.0%

Capella University

2.8%
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Majors

Psychology

15.7%

Social Work

10.4%

Nursing

9.1%

Criminal Justice

8.4%

Business

7.9%

Human Services

7.8%

Medical Assisting Services

5.5%

Liberal Arts

4.7%

Mental Health Counseling

4.3%

Sociology

4.1%

Health Care Administration

3.8%

Counseling Psychology

3.0%

Nursing Assistants

2.9%

School Counseling

2.5%

Education

2.4%

Biology

1.6%

General Studies

1.5%

Accounting

1.5%

Communication

1.4%

Health Sciences And Services

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

35.1%

Other

22.6%

Masters

19.8%

Associate

12.2%

Certificate

6.0%

Diploma

1.8%

Doctorate

1.4%

License

1.0%
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