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Working As A Home Care Attendant

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • $21,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Home Care Attendant 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 Home Care Attendant

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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Home Care Attendant Career Paths

Home Care Attendant
Direct Support Professional Licensed Practical Nurse Nursing Director
Administrative Director
8 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Operations Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Service Technician General Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Resident Assistant Account Manager Client Services Manager
Client Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Direct Care Staffer Program Coordinator Director Of Social Services
Director Of Admissions And Marketing
7 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Case Manager Social Worker
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Operations Manager Service Director
Director Of Support Services
9 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Patient Care Coordinator Benefit Specialist
Employee Benefits Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Security Officer Direct Support Professional
Home Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Direct Care Staffer Registered Nurse Nursing Director
Managed Care Director
9 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Program Coordinator Assistant Director
Owner/Director
7 Yearsyrs
Crew Member Security Officer Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Driver Direct Support Professional
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Crew Member General Manager Account Executive
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Nursing Attendant 3.8 years
Home Attendant 2.9 years
Care Provider 2.5 years
Home Health Care 2.4 years
Home Health Aid 2.4 years
Home Care Nurse 2.3 years
Care Taker 2.2 years
Care Associate 2.2 years
In Home Aide 2.0 years
Resident Care Aide 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Home Care Attendant
Cashier 17.4%
Internship 3.6%
Volunteer 3.6%
Server 3.4%
Teller 2.8%
Waitress 2.4%
Secretary 2.1%
Supervisor 1.9%
Top Careers After Home Care Attendant
Cashier 11.1%
Internship 3.9%
Volunteer 3.4%
Teller 3.0%
Server 2.5%
Teacher 2.2%

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Home Care Attendant Demographics

Gender

Female

81.1%

Male

16.3%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

62.2%

Hispanic or Latino

16.4%

Black or African American

10.8%

Asian

7.4%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

52.4%

French

6.3%

Chinese

4.8%

Vietnamese

4.8%

German

4.8%

Polish

4.8%

Italian

4.8%

Hindi

3.2%

Arabic

3.2%

Swedish

1.6%

Nepali

1.6%

Somali

1.6%

Carrier

1.6%

Hmong

1.6%

Cantonese

1.6%

Korean

1.6%
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Home Care Attendant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.8%

Mohawk Valley Community College

9.2%

Liberty University

6.9%

Ashford University

5.8%

Des Moines Area Community College

5.2%

Wichita State University

5.2%

Community College of Allegheny County

5.2%

University of Texas at San Antonio

4.6%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

4.0%

University of Massachusetts - Boston

4.0%

Baton Rouge Community College

4.0%

Grand Canyon University

4.0%

University of North Dakota

3.5%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.5%

South University

3.5%

Tyler Junior College

2.9%

Everest Institute

2.9%

Community College of Vermont

2.9%

Virginia Commonwealth University

2.9%

Delgado Community College

2.9%
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Majors

Nursing

20.9%

Business

10.5%

Medical Assisting Services

9.2%

Health Care Administration

7.3%

Psychology

6.4%

Nursing Assistants

5.7%

Social Work

5.0%

Criminal Justice

5.0%

General Studies

4.8%

Education

3.5%

Medical Technician

3.2%

Liberal Arts

2.6%

Accounting

2.5%

Communication

2.2%

Human Services

2.2%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

2.0%

Human Development

2.0%

Biology

1.7%

Sociology

1.7%

Cosmetology

1.6%
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Degrees

Other

36.3%

Bachelors

24.3%

Associate

17.2%

Certificate

8.8%

Masters

7.5%

Diploma

4.3%

License

1.0%

Doctorate

0.6%
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Top Skills for A Home Care Attendant

  1. Meal Prep
  2. Personal Care
  3. RUN Errands
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted with meal preparation, obtaining medications, essential transportation.
  • Care for patients by changing bed linens, washing and ironing laundry, cleaning, or assisting with their personal care.
  • Light housekeeping laundry I also run errands and make sure she's in good hands by taking good care of her.
  • Provide housekeeping and laundry services, shopping for food as well as preparing and serving, running errands.
  • Provided emotional support and companionship to clients.

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