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Become An Elderly Caregiver

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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
  • $20,980

    Average Salary

What Does An Elderly Caregiver Do

An Elderly Caregiver provides personal and emotional support to people who cannot look after themselves. They are either hired by a client or their family, or report directly to a physician or a nurse.

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

    84.3%
  • Male

    13.3%
  • Unknown

    2.5%

Ethnicity

  • White

    76.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    15.5%
  • Asian

    5.7%
  • Unknown

    1.3%
  • Black or African American

    0.5%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    64.4%
  • French

    11.5%
  • Japanese

    4.6%
  • Portuguese

    3.4%
  • Chinese

    2.3%
  • Swedish

    1.1%
  • Filipino

    1.1%
  • Hebrew

    1.1%
  • Wolof

    1.1%
  • Somali

    1.1%
  • Amharic

    1.1%
  • Greek

    1.1%
  • Burmese

    1.1%
  • Armenian

    1.1%
  • Tagalog

    1.1%
  • Dakota

    1.1%
  • Polish

    1.1%
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Top Skills for An Elderly Caregiver

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Top Elderly Caregiver Skills

  1. Meal Prep
  2. Fun Companionship
  3. Laundry
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide companionship, meal preparation, take vitals, and cleaning services six days a week.
  • Assist elderly with activities of daily living and provide fun companionship Housekeeping Run errands
  • Handled food preparation, numerous doctor appointments, laundry, and dishes.
  • Administer bedside or personal care, such as personal hygiene assistance, dressing and grooming.
  • Care for patients by changing bed linens, washing and ironing laundry, cleaning, or assisting with their personal care.

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