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Become A Direct Care Worker

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Working As A Direct Care Worker

  • 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 Worker Do At State of Arizona

* Provide personal care for members with developmental disabilities (e.g., bathing, toileting, dressing, personal hygiene)
* Drive a transport vehicle and assist members with safety requirements, including safety and stability of wheelchairs
* Complete incident reports and respond to emergency situations
* Encourage members with developmental disabilities to engage in recreational activities available at home or in the community
* Communicate (in writing and verbally) and follow directions
* Implement Individual Support Plans (ISP) programs and strategies; collect and record data
* Administer, order, and store medications of members according to doctors’ orders
* Prepare, cook, set up, and serve meals to members; encourage member participation during meals to ensure nutritional requirements are met
* Complete general housekeeping duties

What Does A Direct Care Worker Do At Westcare

* Orient new residents to the facility in accordance with policy and compliance with license and funding sources
* Supervise and assist residents with their daily living skills, transportation, social activities, outings, medical appointments, medication management, employment, cooking and other key worker duties
* Organize and participate in house cleaning, shopping and food preparation
* Assist to maintain the facility, grounds/garden, and equipment
* Drive company van on trips as directed
* Ensure the facility vans are cleaned and maintained on a regular basis

What Does A Direct Care Worker Do At Acacia Network

* Performs, supervise and assists individuals in all areas of adult daily living skills
* Assist individuals in any and all activities which are designed to foster independence, personal growth and
* individualization
* Implement valued outcomes and all other programming methods/procedure based on the individuals rehabilitation and protective oversight plan and other QMRP documentations
* Ensures the overall health and safety of the individuals by providing supervision to the
* individuals as required based on the individual needs and per OPWDD regulations
* All staff is required to remain awake on the overnight shift
* Provides ongoing care for the residents in a safe, kind and considerable manner
* Accompanies and transports individuals to medical and other clinical appointments and ensure the necessary documentation are completed and return to review by the program registered nurse
* Responsible for maintaining a clean and sanitary residence and working environment
* Responsible for conducting fire drills as scheduled
* Responsible for maintaining the individuals clothing, furniture, any and all personal belonging in good condition
* Responsible and required to remain on the shift until the relief arrives and the shift is appropriately covered Reports to work on time
* Required to attend all trainings and meetings as mandated by the management team or the agency
* Remains sensitive and responsive to the needs, situation, and personal/cultural practices of the individuals
* Make purchases as needed or requested by the program or management team
* Reports any changes regarding any individuals physical and health condition to the supervisor immediately
* Assists in the orientation of new staff
* Safely Operate agencies vehicle for residential appointments or any other individual needs which may require the utilization of the agency vehicle
* Reads, initial and enter required information on the communication log as well as other documentations as required
* As a leader in the field of substance abuse services,
* Acacia Network promotes a drug free workplace policy.
* Acacia Network is an equal opportunity employer **that celebrates diversity**.
* No employment services or agencies need respond.
* Job Requirements
* High School Diploma Required
* Minimum one year experience working with OPWDD individuals or other human service field
* SCIP, AMAP, First Aid and CPR
* Valid NYS driver’s license required

What Does A Direct Care Worker Do At Volunteers of America-Greater New York

* Encourage individual participation in the areas of meal preparation, house cleaning, food/personal shopping, budgeting, recreation, etc.
* Assist individuals with personal hygiene care.
* Administer and document medications to individuals, as necessary
* Subsequent to passing approved Medication Administration Course)
* Notify the appropriate personnel of any illness, seizures, etc., or any incident beyond normal routine.
* Follow written methodologies and behavior interventions
* Maintain the residence in a clean and safe condition

What Does A Direct Care Worker Do At Easter Seals

If you have previous personal care experience and genuinely like to care for people, are dependable, personable, flexible, able to lift between 20lbs and 50lbs and have reliable transportation

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How To Become A Direct Care Worker

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.


Although there are no formal education requirements for personal care aides, employers may prefer candidates with a high school diploma.


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 Worker Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Hebrew

  • Russian

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Japanese

  • Arabic

  • Swedish

  • Mandarin

  • Korean

  • Carrier

  • Sami

  • Turkish

  • Hindi

  • Bulgarian

  • Igbo

  • Yoruba

  • Uzbek

  • Armenian

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Top Skills for A Direct Care Worker


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Top Direct Care Worker Skills

  1. Daily Living Skills
  2. Direct Care
  3. Laundry
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided personal assistance for daily living skills for the mentally disabled population.
  • Provided direct care to individuals who are mentally challenged by assisting and training them to reach their maximum independency.
  • Changed bed linens, washed and ironed patients' laundry, and cleaned patients' quarters.
  • Promoted healthy eating and provided safe environment to individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • Care for patients by changing bed linens, washing and ironing laundry, cleaning, or assisting with their personal care.

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