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Working As A Direct Care Staffer

  • 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 Staffer 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 Staffer

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
Direct Care Aide 2.3 years
Direct Care Worker 2.3 years
Top Careers Before Direct Care Staffer
Cashier 21.8%
Internship 4.3%
Server 2.9%
Volunteer 2.7%
Assistant 1.9%
Top Careers After Direct Care Staffer
Cashier 11.0%
Internship 3.3%
Server 2.7%
Driver 2.3%
Supervisor 2.1%

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Average Yearly Salary
$25,000
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$20,000
Min 10%
$25,000
Median 50%
$25,000
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$25,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
$25,000
Median 50%
$32,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
PruittHealth
Highest Paying City
Duluth, MN
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.1 years
How much does a Direct Care Staffer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Direct Care Staffer in the United States is $25,844 per year or $12 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $20,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $32,000.

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Top Skills for A Direct Care Staffer

  1. Independent Living
  2. Personal Care
  3. Behavioral Issues
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  • Progress notes, medication, and documentation of community social interaction to facilitate an independent living arrangement for the client.
  • Provide personal care for 8 developmentally disabled children.
  • Staff redirects clients that are having behavioral issues and concerns to follow their behavioral programs for corrections of their actions.
  • Assist mental health residents during meal preparation, housekeeping and medication administration.
  • Worked with individuals who have developmental disabilities to promote individuality, socialization, and an enriched personal life.

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Top 10 Best States for Direct Care Staffers

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  2. Alaska
  3. Minnesota
  4. Iowa
  5. Nebraska
  6. Hawaii
  7. South Dakota
  8. Wisconsin
  9. Massachusetts
  10. Kentucky
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Direct Care Staffer 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 29,019 Direct Care Staffer 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 Staffer Demographics

Gender

Female

63.2%

Male

23.2%

Unknown

13.6%
Ethnicity

White

64.0%

Hispanic or Latino

15.2%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

6.2%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

72.7%

French

7.1%

German

2.8%

Swedish

1.7%

Russian

1.7%

Portuguese

1.4%

Arabic

1.4%

Mandarin

1.2%

Chinese

1.2%

Hindi

0.9%

Somali

0.9%

Hmong

0.9%

Yoruba

0.9%

Braille

0.9%

Swahili

0.7%

Tagalog

0.7%

Italian

0.7%

Japanese

0.7%

Dakota

0.7%

Khmer

0.5%
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Direct Care Staffer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.8%

Western Michigan University

7.3%

Marshall University

6.5%

Ashford University

6.2%

Everest Institute

5.7%

Saint Cloud State University

5.0%

Kaplan University

4.9%

Houston Community College

4.8%

The Academy

4.3%

Liberty University

4.1%

Kent State University

3.6%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

3.5%

Grand Canyon University

3.5%

Remington College

3.4%

Stark State College

3.2%

Austin Community College

3.2%

Capella University

3.2%

Baker College

3.0%

Youngstown State University

2.9%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

2.8%
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Majors

Nursing

14.3%

Medical Assisting Services

11.7%

Psychology

11.1%

Business

10.0%

Criminal Justice

9.0%

Social Work

6.2%

Health Care Administration

6.1%

Human Services

4.9%

General Studies

4.3%

Nursing Assistants

3.3%

Sociology

2.9%

Education

2.2%

Liberal Arts

2.0%

Accounting

1.9%

Cosmetology

1.8%

Pharmacy

1.8%

Medical Technician

1.8%

Mental Health Counseling

1.7%

Communication

1.6%

Human Development

1.5%
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Degrees

Other

36.2%

Bachelors

26.8%

Associate

15.5%

Masters

8.9%

Certificate

7.1%

Diploma

4.0%

License

1.2%

Doctorate

0.4%
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