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Working As An Elderly Caregiver

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • $85,437

    Average Salary

What Does An Elderly Caregiver 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 An Elderly Caregiver

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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Elderly Caregiver Demographics

Gender

Female

84.4%

Male

13.2%

Unknown

2.4%
Ethnicity

White

59.8%

Hispanic or Latino

20.3%

Black or African American

10.5%

Asian

6.0%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

63.6%

French

11.4%

Japanese

4.5%

Portuguese

3.4%

Chinese

2.3%

Swedish

1.1%

Filipino

1.1%

Greek

1.1%

Wolof

1.1%

Somali

1.1%

Amharic

1.1%

Braille

1.1%

Burmese

1.1%

Armenian

1.1%

Tagalog

1.1%

Dakota

1.1%

Polish

1.1%

Hebrew

1.1%
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Elderly Caregiver Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.9%

Kaplan University

7.7%

Wayne State University

5.5%

Bakersfield College

5.5%

Liberty University

5.5%

Volunteer State Community College

4.4%

U.S. Career Institute

4.4%

Texas A&M University

4.4%

Santa Barbara City College

4.4%

Santa Monica College

4.4%

Appalachian State University

3.3%

New York University

3.3%

Lansing Community College

3.3%

Ashford University

3.3%

Madison Area Technical College

3.3%

Troy University

3.3%

Texas State University

3.3%

California State University - Fresno

3.3%

Salt Lake Community College

3.3%

American InterContinental University

3.3%
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Majors

Nursing

16.5%

Business

12.6%

Medical Assisting Services

11.6%

Psychology

7.4%

Nursing Assistants

6.8%

Health Care Administration

6.0%

General Studies

4.1%

Social Work

3.8%

Criminal Justice

3.8%

Liberal Arts

3.6%

Accounting

3.5%

Management

3.1%

Communication

2.5%

Human Services

2.5%

Cosmetology

2.3%

Education

2.3%

Sociology

2.3%

Human Development

2.0%

Early Childhood Education

1.7%

Elementary Education

1.7%
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Degrees

Other

41.3%

Bachelors

24.5%

Associate

15.5%

Certificate

8.9%

Masters

6.2%

License

1.6%

Diploma

1.6%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Top Skills for An Elderly Caregiver

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  1. Meal Prep
  2. Personal Care
  3. Doctor Appointments
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Light cooking and meal preparation, medication reminders, changing patients briefs and assisting them to the restroom when needed.
  • Care for patients by changing bed linens, washing and ironing laundry, cleaning, or assisting with their personal care.
  • Dispensed medications Prepared meals Ran errands Doctor appointments Helped with bathing Changed catheter bags Companion
  • Provide companionship for elderly individual, accompany patients to doctor appointment or other appointments as needed.
  • Assisted individuals get dressed, eat, bathe and completed light housekeeping duties, such as dishes or folding laundry.

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