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Become A Family Caregiver

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Working As A Family Caregiver

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • $22,020

    Average Salary

What Does A Family Caregiver Do At Kirkwood Community College

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* Welcome, value, and nurture people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as support and promote an environment that accepts differences
* Provide outstanding service to our customers (other college/agency staff, subcontractors, volunteers, clients, and others) over the phone and in person
* Demonstrate consistent and regular attendance at work
* Read, understand, and express oneself clearly and effectively in oral and written form
* Be able to effectively utilize technology and computers including, but not limited to, office equipment, word processing, spreadsheets, and database software
* Show a commitment to detail and accuracy
* Position involves working in an office setting.
* Occasional (10
* standing, pushing, pulling and grasping.
* Frequent (34
* reaching and viewing a computer and other types of close visual work.
* Constant (67
* sitting, walking, repetitive motion, talking and hearing.
* The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential job duties/responsibilities and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements.
* Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.

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How To Become A Family 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.


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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Family Caregiver Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

  • Unknown



  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Russian

  • Hindi

  • Tamil

  • Swedish

  • Ukrainian

  • Japanese

  • Greek

  • Tagalog

  • Polish

  • Italian

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Top Skills for A Family Caregiver


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Top Family Caregiver Skills

  1. Elderly Family Member
  2. Assistance
  3. Household Chores
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Registered Nurse Provided care-giving services for an ill, elderly family member living in my home.
  • Accompanied my parent to doctors' offices or on other trips outside the home, providing transportation, assistance and companionship.
  • Managed all household duties, meals, laundry, groceries, appointments, etc.
  • Cared for my elderly mother, who was in declining health, at home
  • Provided personal care, coordinated medical care, medication distribution, meal planning, housekeeping, and educational and social activities.

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