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Become A Personal Attendant

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Working As A Personal Attendant

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • $23,150

    Average Salary

What Does A Personal 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 Personal 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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Personal Attendant Demographics

Gender

Female

72.9%

Male

25.8%

Unknown

1.3%
Ethnicity

White

57.5%

Hispanic or Latino

22.6%

Black or African American

9.3%

Asian

7.0%

Unknown

3.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

73.3%

Vietnamese

10.0%

French

10.0%

German

3.3%

Tagalog

3.3%
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Personal Attendant Education

Schools

Ashford University

9.9%

University of Phoenix

8.6%

Sonoma State University

7.4%

University of California - Santa Barbara

6.2%

California State University - Sacramento

6.2%

Humboldt State University

4.9%

Santa Rosa Junior College

4.9%

Saint Louis University-

4.9%

University of Texas at Austin

4.9%

San Francisco State University

4.9%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.7%

Grand Valley State University

3.7%

Sam Houston State University

3.7%

Delaware Technical and Community College

3.7%

Kilgore College

3.7%

Cerritos College

3.7%

Washington University in Saint Louis

3.7%

Santa Barbara City College

3.7%

Liberty University

3.7%

California State University - East Bay

3.7%
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Majors

Business

12.3%

Psychology

11.9%

Medical Assisting Services

11.5%

Nursing

10.2%

Nursing Assistants

6.1%

Health Care Administration

6.1%

Criminal Justice

5.3%

General Studies

4.5%

Social Work

3.3%

Biology

3.3%

Liberal Arts

2.9%

English

2.9%

Communication

2.9%

Sociology

2.9%

Special Education

2.9%

Kinesiology

2.5%

Occupational Therapy

2.5%

Management

2.0%

Elementary Education

2.0%

Counseling Psychology

2.0%
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Degrees

Other

34.5%

Bachelors

30.0%

Associate

14.0%

Masters

10.3%

Certificate

7.9%

Diploma

2.2%

Doctorate

0.7%

License

0.2%
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Real Personal Attendant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Personal Attendant VFB Enterprises Inc. Atlantis, FL Sep 20, 2016 $36,088
Personal Attendant (Live James W. McBride Washington, DC Jun 18, 2015 $29,900
Personal Attendant Donaldson Propertys LLC DBA Donaldson Property's E PA Jan 20, 2012 $29,218
Personal Attendant Mortimer Williams FL Sep 15, 2010 $21,997
Personal Attendant Emerita de Guzman CA May 01, 2011 $21,559
Personal Attendant We Care Senior Caregiver Services, Inc. IL Mar 01, 2012 $20,870
Personal Attendant Gina Solon MI Feb 01, 2012 $19,618
Personal Attendant Anagabriele Dumont GA Aug 01, 2012 $19,618
Personal Attendant Hazel Von Maack Collegedale, TN Jun 18, 2009 $19,044
Personal Attendant SEL-Employer CA Apr 15, 2012 $18,574
Personal Attendant Richard D. Robillard DBA Robillard Elderly Home Ca CA Oct 22, 2011 $17,740

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Top Skills for A Personal Attendant

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  1. Personal Care
  2. Independent Living
  3. Laundry
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Care for patient by changing bed linens, washing and ironing laundry, cleaning, or assisting with their personal care.
  • Position also required preparation of meals, light housekeeping and laundry
  • Assist client with special need assistance, meal preparation, home care administration, and personal hygiene development.
  • Accompany client to doctors' offices or on other trips outside the home, providing transportation, assistance, and companionship.
  • Provided care for families with children on special needs* Feeding and cleaning* Social interaction and physical aide

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