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Become A Direct Care Professional

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Working As A Direct Care Professional

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • $20,980

    Average Salary

What Does A Direct Care Professional 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 Professional

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 3.9 years
Care Provider 2.5 years
Provider 2.4 years
Care Taker 2.3 years
Support Staff 2.2 years
Direct Care Aide 2.2 years
Residential Worker 2.1 years
Direct Care Worker 2.1 years
Residential Aide 2.0 years
Personal Attendant 2.0 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 15.1%
Internship 5.1%
Server 3.4%
Volunteer 2.5%
Top Employers After
Cashier 7.1%
Server 3.8%
Assistant 2.5%
Internship 2.2%

Direct Care Professional Demographics

Gender

Female

74.7%

Male

22.8%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

81.5%

Hispanic or Latino

9.2%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

1.6%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

61.9%

French

19.0%

Hebrew

3.2%

Swahili

1.6%

Portuguese

1.6%

Chinese

1.6%

Cherokee

1.6%

Igbo

1.6%

Mandarin

1.6%

Tagalog

1.6%

Russian

1.6%

Arabic

1.6%

Italian

1.6%
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Direct Care Professional Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.4%

Ashford University

9.5%

University of Iowa

7.3%

Liberty University

7.3%

University of Central Florida

6.1%

Victoria College

6.1%

Eastern Florida State College

5.0%

Kaplan University

4.5%

University of Houston

3.9%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

3.9%

Capella University

3.9%

Grand Canyon University

3.9%

Brevard Community College

3.4%

University of North Dakota

3.4%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

3.4%

Cuyahoga Community College

3.4%

Central Michigan University

3.4%

College of Saint Scholastica

2.8%

Central Piedmont Community College

2.8%

Kean University

2.8%
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Majors

Psychology

14.4%

Nursing

11.5%

Business

10.8%

Medical Assisting Services

9.1%

Criminal Justice

7.9%

Human Services

6.4%

Social Work

5.9%

Health Care Administration

4.1%

Nursing Assistants

4.0%

General Studies

3.9%

Mental Health Counseling

3.0%

Sociology

2.9%

Early Childhood Education

2.7%

Counseling Psychology

2.4%

Management

2.0%

Education

1.9%

Liberal Arts

1.9%

Medical Technician

1.8%

Biology

1.7%

Human Resources Management

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

30.6%

Other

29.6%

Associate

16.2%

Masters

11.9%

Certificate

8.1%

Diploma

2.7%

License

0.8%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Top Skills for A Direct Care Professional

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Top Direct Care Professional Skills

  1. Daily Living Skills
  2. Direct Care
  3. Assistance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Monitored performance of daily living skills and provided therapeutic feedback.
  • Direct Care Professional Provided safe and therapeutic services and support to young adults diagnosed with a mental illness.
  • Provide companionship to all residents and the best possible help with assistance with daily living activities.
  • Distributed prescription medications, and maintained client safety.
  • Care for patients by changing bed linens, washing and ironing laundry, cleaning, or assisting with their personal care.

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