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Working As A Homemaker

  • 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 Homemaker 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 Homemaker

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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Homemaker Demographics

Gender

Female

91.6%

Male

7.0%

Unknown

1.4%
Ethnicity

White

66.3%

Hispanic or Latino

13.5%

Black or African American

10.8%

Asian

6.0%

Unknown

3.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

64.1%

German

7.2%

French

6.9%

Polish

2.2%

Korean

1.8%

Italian

1.8%

Japanese

1.8%

Hindi

1.4%

Russian

1.4%

Portuguese

1.4%

Swedish

1.1%

Romanian

1.1%

Mandarin

1.1%

Hebrew

1.1%

Dakota

1.1%

Tagalog

1.1%

Chinese

1.1%

Norwegian

0.7%

Braille

0.7%

Cantonese

0.7%
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Homemaker Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.4%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

12.8%

Kaplan University

9.0%

Ashford University

8.7%

Liberty University

7.1%

Central New Mexico Community College

5.1%

Grand Canyon University

4.6%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.3%

Greenville Technical College

2.9%

American InterContinental University

2.9%

Three Rivers Community College

2.5%

Des Moines Area Community College

2.5%

ECPI University

2.4%

College of Southern Nevada

2.1%

Kirkwood Community College

2.1%

Northern Virginia Community College

2.1%

Troy University

1.9%

Colorado Technical University

1.9%

Pima Community College

1.9%

Trident Technical College

1.8%
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Majors

Business

19.4%

Nursing

11.8%

Health Care Administration

9.6%

Medical Assisting Services

7.9%

Accounting

6.1%

Psychology

6.1%

General Studies

5.2%

Criminal Justice

4.8%

Nursing Assistants

4.2%

Education

3.4%

Elementary Education

2.4%

Human Services

2.3%

Liberal Arts

2.3%

Management

2.2%

Legal Support Services

2.2%

Social Work

2.2%

Early Childhood Education

2.1%

Medical Technician

2.1%

Cosmetology

2.0%

English

1.9%
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Degrees

Other

38.4%

Bachelors

22.9%

Associate

18.9%

Certificate

8.6%

Masters

5.7%

Diploma

3.8%

License

1.3%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Top Skills for A Homemaker

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  1. Basic Household Tasks
  2. Laundry
  3. Counsel Children
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed basic household tasks, including childcare and household management
  • Clean and sanitize home including sweeping, vacuuming, emptying waste receptacles, shampooing carpets, and washing and sorting laundry
  • Coach and counsel children; prepare and serve nutritious meals.
  • Ensured family organization, budgeted finances, bookkeeping and meal preparation.
  • Assisted elderly persons in their homes - basic cooking, cleaning, personal care, supervision, medication reminders, etc.

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