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Working As A Home Help Aide

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • $27,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Home Help 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 Home Help 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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Top Skills for A Home Help Aide

  1. Laundry Services
  2. Medical Appointments
  3. Personal Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assist client care encompassing transportation to medical appointments, light housekeeping, medication reminders and visitation.
  • Administered bedside and personal care, which included ambulation and personal hygiene assistance.
  • Provided companionship, ran errands, and maintained confidentiality of proprietary information.
  • Assist patients with shopping for food and other household requirements.
  • Provided medication reminders and safety monitoring for each client.

Home Help Aide Demographics

Gender

Female

64.0%

Male

18.6%

Unknown

17.4%
Ethnicity

White

65.2%

Hispanic or Latino

13.4%

Black or African American

12.0%

Asian

6.2%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

71.4%

Swedish

3.6%

Danish

3.6%

Finnish

3.6%

Turkish

3.6%

Yoruba

3.6%

French

3.6%

Norwegian

3.6%

Arabic

3.6%
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Home Help Aide Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.8%

Wayne County Community College District

7.9%

Kaplan University

6.9%

Ashford University

5.9%

The Academy

5.9%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

5.0%

Everest Institute

5.0%

Baker College

5.0%

Strayer University

4.0%

Montgomery County Community College

4.0%

Germanna Community College

4.0%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.0%

American River College

3.0%

University of Cincinnati

3.0%

National University

3.0%

Minnesota State University - Mankato

3.0%

Ferris State University

3.0%

King's College

3.0%

City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College

3.0%

Oakland Community College

3.0%
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Majors

Nursing

15.6%

Business

11.2%

Medical Assisting Services

9.6%

Health Care Administration

8.7%

Psychology

8.1%

General Studies

6.7%

Criminal Justice

5.1%

Social Work

4.5%

Nursing Assistants

3.3%

English

3.3%

Accounting

3.3%

Education

3.0%

Cosmetology

2.8%

Management

2.6%

Human Development

2.4%

Early Childhood Education

2.2%

Human Services

2.2%

Graphic Design

2.0%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.8%

Biology

1.8%
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Degrees

Other

41.8%

Bachelors

22.1%

Associate

14.5%

Certificate

9.9%

Masters

6.3%

Diploma

3.8%

License

1.2%

Doctorate

0.5%
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