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Working As A Geriatric Aide

  • 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 A Geriatric Aide 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 Geriatric Aide

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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Geriatric Aide Demographics

Gender

Female

83.3%

Male

16.7%
Ethnicity

White

58.5%

Asian

14.6%

Hispanic or Latino

13.0%

Black or African American

11.1%

Unknown

2.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Mandarin

25.0%

Vietnamese

25.0%

Chinese

25.0%

Cantonese

25.0%
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Geriatric Aide Education

Schools

Adelphi University

10.5%

Vermont Technical College

10.5%

Peirce College

5.3%

Hope International University

5.3%

Fort Scott Community College

5.3%

Richmond Community College

5.3%

Towson University

5.3%

College of Mount Saint Vincent

5.3%

New Mexico State University

5.3%

LIU Brooklyn

5.3%

State University of New York College of Technology at Alfred

5.3%

California State University - East Bay

5.3%

Technology Center

5.3%

Brown Mackie College-Fort Wayne

5.3%

Anne Arundel Community College

5.3%

City College of New York of the City University of New York

5.3%

Fordham University

5.3%
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Majors

Nursing

15.4%

Medical Assisting Services

11.5%

Social Work

11.5%

Human Services

7.7%

Medical Technician

3.8%

Psychology

3.8%

Business

3.8%

Public Relations

3.8%

Communication

3.8%

Rehabilitation Science

3.8%

Nursing Assistants

3.8%

Health Sciences And Services

3.8%

Family And Consumer Sciences

3.8%

Chemistry

3.8%

Pharmacy

3.8%

Liberal Arts

3.8%

Information Technology

3.8%

Dental Assisting

3.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

26.9%

Associate

23.1%

Other

23.1%

Masters

11.5%

Certificate

7.7%

License

3.8%

Diploma

3.8%
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