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Working As A Live In Caregiver

  • 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 Live In Caregiver 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 Live In Caregiver

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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Live In Caregiver Demographics

Gender

Female

79.5%

Male

18.4%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

62.5%

Hispanic or Latino

16.6%

Black or African American

10.0%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

4.1%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.1%

French

9.5%

Portuguese

4.8%

Tagalog

4.8%

Swedish

2.4%

Dutch

2.4%

Greek

2.4%

Carrier

2.4%

Hindi

2.4%

Urdu

2.4%

Polish

2.4%

Arabic

2.4%

Thai

2.4%

Italian

2.4%
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Live In Caregiver Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.7%

Ashford University

7.8%

Southern New Hampshire University

5.6%

Kaplan University

5.6%

Trident Technical College

4.4%

Pima Community College

4.4%

Arizona State University

4.4%

Everest Institute

4.4%

American InterContinental University

4.4%

Pasadena City College

4.4%

Utah Valley University

4.4%

Palomar College

4.4%

Liberty University

4.4%

Grand Canyon University

4.4%

Reed College

3.3%

Fresno City College

3.3%

Mesa Community College - Boswell

3.3%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

3.3%

Chippewa Valley Technical College

3.3%

Eastern New Mexico University

3.3%
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Majors

Nursing

18.4%

Medical Assisting Services

12.2%

Business

9.9%

Psychology

8.8%

Nursing Assistants

8.6%

Health Care Administration

6.4%

Criminal Justice

4.5%

General Studies

3.4%

Education

3.0%

Accounting

3.0%

English

2.8%

Graphic Design

2.6%

Social Work

2.4%

Liberal Arts

2.4%

Mental Health Counseling

2.1%

Sociology

2.1%

Cosmetology

1.9%

Management

1.9%

Biology

1.9%

Culinary Arts

1.7%
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Degrees

Other

41.1%

Bachelors

22.9%

Associate

14.2%

Certificate

10.2%

Masters

5.8%

Diploma

4.1%

License

1.3%

Doctorate

0.5%
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Real Live In Caregiver Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Live-In Elder Caregiver/Housekeeper Dorothy M. York PA Sep 01, 2014 $23,813
Female Live-In Elder Caregiver/Housekeeper Dorothy M. York Philadelphia, PA Jan 20, 2015 $23,040
Female Live-In Elder Caregiver/Housekeeper Dorothy M. York Philadelphia, PA Apr 01, 2015 $23,040
Female Live-In Elder Caregiver/Housekeeper Dorothy M. York Philadelphia, PA Dec 01, 2014 $23,040
Live In Caregiver Jefferson Senior Care, LLC Yuba City, CA Jul 25, 2016 $22,957
Live-In Caregiver Helping Hands Randallstown, MD Mar 22, 2010 $22,164
Live In Caregiver Golden Acres Home Care II Yuba City, CA Jan 08, 2015 $21,914
Live In Caregiver Golden Acres Home Care II CA Jan 16, 2014 $21,914
Live In Caregiver Golden Acres Home Care II CA May 05, 2014 $21,914

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Top Skills for A Live In Caregiver

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  1. Doctor Appointments
  2. Laundry
  3. Meal Prep
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted in traveling to general places such as doctor appointments, shopping, gardening, social functions, etc.
  • Handled general housekeeping duties included laundry, ironing of the clothing dishes, mopping, vacuuming, and changing bed sheets.
  • Give cares, give medications, answer phone calls, housekeeping, companionship, meal preparation, and other duties.
  • Provide in-home personal care & housekeeping services for developmentally disabled adults.
  • Provided companion care with leisure activities including; going to the hairdresser, going for lunch and errands.

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