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Working As A Personal Care Assistant

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • $28,315

    Average Salary

What Does A Personal Care Assistant 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 Care Assistant

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
Care Provider 2.5 years
Provider 2.4 years
Elderly Caregiver 2.4 years
Personal Assistant 2.3 years
Live In Caregiver 2.3 years
Care Taker 2.2 years
Direct Care Aide 2.2 years
Direct Care Worker 2.1 years
Sitter 2.1 years
Companion 2.0 years
Personal Attendant 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Personal Care Assistant
Cashier 19.7%
Internship 2.8%
Teller 2.8%
Server 2.6%
Waitress 2.6%
Volunteer 2.5%
Top Careers After Personal Care Assistant
Cashier 11.8%
Server 3.0%
Internship 2.9%
Teller 2.1%
Volunteer 2.0%

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Personal Care Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

83.7%

Male

13.8%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

65.8%

Hispanic or Latino

12.3%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

7.1%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.0%

French

8.7%

Hmong

6.6%

German

3.8%

Portuguese

3.6%

Italian

3.0%

Russian

2.8%

Somali

2.3%

Chinese

1.9%

Vietnamese

1.3%

Mandarin

1.3%

Tagalog

1.3%

Polish

1.3%

Arabic

1.3%

Swedish

1.1%

Japanese

0.9%

Korean

0.8%

Carrier

0.8%

Swahili

0.6%

Khmer

0.6%
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Personal Care Assistant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.7%

Ashford University

7.1%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

6.7%

Rasmussen College

5.9%

Kaplan University

5.2%

Saint Cloud State University

5.0%

Liberty University

4.9%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

4.8%

Minnesota State University - Mankato

4.5%

University of Minnesota - Duluth

4.4%

North Hennepin Community College

4.3%

Grand Canyon University

4.3%

Minneapolis Community and Technical College

4.1%

Winona State University

4.0%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.9%

Saint Paul's College

3.9%

Century College

3.8%

Springfield Technical Community College

3.7%

Everest Institute

3.4%

Metropolitan State University

3.4%
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Majors

Nursing

18.3%

Medical Assisting Services

12.7%

Business

11.0%

Health Care Administration

8.8%

Nursing Assistants

8.0%

Psychology

7.5%

Criminal Justice

5.1%

General Studies

3.8%

Human Services

3.2%

Social Work

2.9%

Cosmetology

2.4%

Liberal Arts

2.3%

Accounting

2.2%

Early Childhood Education

1.9%

Education

1.9%

Biology

1.8%

Medical Technician

1.8%

Management

1.5%

Pharmacy

1.5%

Occupational Therapy

1.4%
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Degrees

Other

38.8%

Bachelors

22.8%

Associate

17.2%

Certificate

9.2%

Masters

5.6%

Diploma

4.2%

License

1.6%

Doctorate

0.5%
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Top Skills for A Personal Care Assistant

  1. RUN Errands
  2. Laundry
  3. Personal Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Take care of patients in their home, check vital signs, chart, prepare meals, run errands for patients.
  • Assist consumers with housekeeping, laundry, shopping, bill paying and other essential errands as well as personal hygiene assistance.
  • Provided personal care for handicapped individual.
  • Certified personal care assistant Day caring disabilities with health problem Assist patients with mental disorder Providing patient needs within a timely manners
  • Assisted client with everyday needs such as: Bathing Meal preparation Eating Dressing and undressing Grooming Medication Transportation

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Helping people to be healthy, has become something that comes naturally for me. It is my gift and passion. I love to see people living their life to their best. Joy is important to me as I see strength in joy and I want to pass it on to others hopefully... Show More

What do you NOT like?

Lifting people sounds a bit challenging, and I would not want to hurt myself trying to awkwardly support someone; so I would need the knowledge to avoid injury... Show More

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