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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
  • $20,980

    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 jobs

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Average Length of Employment
Primary Caregiver 3.4 years
Elder 3.2 years
Home Attendant 2.9 years
Home Care Giver 2.8 years
Home Care Nurse 2.7 years
Home Health Care 2.6 years
Care Provider 2.5 years
Provider 2.4 years
Home Health Aid 2.4 years
Elderly Caregiver 2.4 years
Care Taker 2.3 years
Care Associate 2.3 years
Live In Caregiver 2.3 years
Direct Care Aide 2.2 years
In Home Aide 2.1 years
Direct Care Worker 2.1 years
Personal Attendant 2.0 years
Companion 2.0 years
Sitter 2.0 years
Resident Care Aide 1.9 years
Home Help Aide 1.9 years
Career Assistant 1.9 years
Attendant 1.7 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 15.3%
Internship 3.7%
Volunteer 2.7%
Waitress 2.6%
Server 2.6%
Supervisor 2.1%
Top Employers After
Cashier 8.6%
Internship 3.9%
Server 2.7%
Volunteer 2.7%
Manager 2.2%

Home Care Attendant Demographics

Gender

Female

82.8%

Male

15.1%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

80.7%

Hispanic or Latino

10.8%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

59.8%

French

11.1%

Italian

6.0%

Carrier

3.4%

Arabic

3.4%

Portuguese

2.6%

Hindi

1.7%

Chinese

1.7%

Swahili

0.9%

Swedish

0.9%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Somali

0.9%

Hmong

0.9%

Korean

0.9%

Hungarian

0.9%

Russian

0.9%

Thai

0.9%

Nepali

0.9%

Lingala

0.9%

German

0.9%
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Home Care Attendant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.4%

Liberty University

7.8%

Kaplan University

7.8%

Ashford University

7.1%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

6.4%

Mohawk Valley Community College

5.7%

Community College of Allegheny County

5.7%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.3%

Tidewater Community College

4.3%

Grand Canyon University

3.5%

University of North Dakota

3.2%

Kirkwood Community College

3.2%

Rasmussen College

3.2%

Western Kentucky University

3.2%

Lansing Community College

2.8%

Wichita State University

2.8%

Baton Rouge Community College

2.8%

Northern Virginia Community College

2.8%

University of Texas at San Antonio

2.5%

Community College of Vermont

2.5%
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Majors

Nursing

22.1%

Business

12.3%

Medical Assisting Services

9.1%

Health Care Administration

7.3%

Psychology

7.2%

Nursing Assistants

6.1%

Criminal Justice

5.1%

General Studies

4.5%

Social Work

4.4%

Accounting

2.8%

Education

2.6%

Liberal Arts

2.4%

Human Services

2.2%

Management

2.1%

Medical Technician

2.1%

Elementary Education

1.7%

Cosmetology

1.6%

Communication

1.6%

Pharmacy

1.5%

Sociology

1.5%
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Degrees

Other

36.5%

Bachelors

24.0%

Associate

18.3%

Masters

8.0%

Certificate

7.1%

Diploma

3.8%

License

1.5%

Doctorate

0.8%
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Real Home Care Attendant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Home Care Attendant Sandi Arnold, LLC Hudson, IL Oct 24, 2007 $41,740
Personal Home Care Attendant Christine M. Simpson San Marcos, CA Dec 21, 2010 $21,287
Care Attendant Lileith Brown Winchester, VA Apr 18, 2016 $18,866
Care Attendant Lileith Brown Winchester, VA Sep 23, 2015 $18,011

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Top Skills for A Home Care Attendant

MealPrepCompanionshipRUNErrandsCarePlanLaundryServicesPersonalCareAppointmentRemindersAlzheimerADLPersonalHygieneAssistancePatientCareVitalSignsDementiaDailyLivingActivitiesHealthCareDoctorAppointmentsPhysicalTherapyHospiceBloodPressureEmotionalSupport

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Top Home Care Attendant Skills

  1. Meal Prep
  2. Companionship
  3. RUN Errands
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Care attendant for Patients, bathroom duties, cleaning, phones, meal prep, games and news sessions
  • Go in to homes or patient facilities to assist clients Light housekeeping and or cooking Bathing Errands Companionship
  • Run errands or clients, if needed and anything else they may need while at home.
  • Monitor client's health and progress, adjusting the care plan as appropriate.
  • Supported clients by providing housekeeping and laundry services; shopping for food and other housing needs.

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