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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
  • $29,000

    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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Average Length of Employment
Family Caregiver 3.5 years
Home Care Giver 3.0 years
Care Provider 2.6 years
Elderly Caregiver 2.5 years
Provider 2.5 years
Direct Care Worker 2.3 years
Direct Care Aide 2.3 years
Companion 2.2 years
Home Help Aide 2.1 years
Personal Attendant 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Personal Attendant
Cashier 17.0%
Internship 5.3%
Volunteer 4.7%
Server 3.5%
Assistant 3.1%
Manager 2.7%
Waitress 2.2%
Top Careers After Personal Attendant
Cashier 13.4%
Internship 5.5%
Volunteer 4.2%
Assistant 3.2%
Counselor 2.5%
Server 2.5%
Attendant 2.5%
Job Coach 2.1%

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Average Yearly Salary
$29,000
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$18,000
Min 10%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$48,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Easterseals
Highest Paying City
Bellevue, WA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.1 years
How much does a Personal Attendant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Personal Attendant in the United States is $29,979 per year or $14 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $18,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $48,000.

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

  1. Personal Care
  2. Medical Appointments
  3. Independent Living
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Total Personal Care including personal hygiene, meal preparation and housekeeping
  • Administer daily medications and accompany clients to medical appointments as needed.
  • Teach problem-solving skills for independent living.
  • Light housekeeping Duties, administering oral medication, meal preparation, and monitoring symptoms that maybe caused by any medical condition
  • Provide practical and mental health support to adult clients with developmental disabilities in Supported Living Situations.

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Top 10 Best States for Personal Attendants

  1. Alaska
  2. Vermont
  3. Massachusetts
  4. New Jersey
  5. New Hampshire
  6. Minnesota
  7. Washington
  8. Wyoming
  9. Rhode Island
  10. Connecticut
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Personal Attendant Demographics

Gender

Female

63.9%

Male

22.4%

Unknown

13.8%
Ethnicity

White

57.4%

Hispanic or Latino

22.3%

Black or African American

10.1%

Asian

6.5%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

76.1%

Vietnamese

6.5%

French

6.5%

Tagalog

4.3%

German

2.2%

Russian

2.2%

Polish

2.2%
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Personal Attendant Education

Schools

University of California - Santa Barbara

8.2%

University of Phoenix

8.2%

American River College

7.5%

Ashford University

7.5%

California State University - Sacramento

6.9%

University of Texas at Austin

5.0%

University of California - Davis

5.0%

Kaplan University

5.0%

Sonoma State University

4.4%

California State University - East Bay

4.4%

University of North Texas

4.4%

Heald College - Central Administrative Office

4.4%

Old Dominion University

4.4%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.8%

Santa Rosa Junior College

3.8%

Butte College

3.8%

Liberty University

3.8%

The Academy

3.1%

Humboldt State University

3.1%

George Mason University

3.1%
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Majors

Psychology

13.3%

Medical Assisting Services

13.1%

Nursing

12.3%

Business

11.6%

Health Care Administration

6.7%

Social Work

4.6%

Nursing Assistants

4.6%

General Studies

4.0%

Criminal Justice

3.5%

Special Education

3.1%

Accounting

3.1%

Sociology

2.9%

Education

2.5%

Biology

2.5%

Communication

2.3%

Human Services

2.3%

Human Development

2.1%

English

1.9%

Kinesiology

1.7%

Elementary Education

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

31.5%

Other

30.8%

Associate

15.4%

Masters

8.8%

Certificate

8.8%

Diploma

3.3%

License

0.7%

Doctorate

0.7%
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