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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
  • $25,000

    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
Home Care Giver 3.0 years
Care Provider 2.6 years
Live In Caregiver 2.6 years
Provider 2.5 years
Elderly Caregiver 2.5 years
Direct Care Worker 2.3 years
Care Taker 2.3 years
Companion 2.2 years
Sitter 2.1 years
Personal Attendant 2.1 years
Resident Care Aide 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Personal Care Assistant
Cashier 21.0%
Server 3.2%
Internship 2.6%
Volunteer 2.5%
Waitress 2.3%
Top Careers After Personal Care Assistant
Cashier 13.7%
Server 3.5%
Internship 2.6%
Volunteer 1.8%

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Personal Care Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

73.2%

Male

13.9%

Unknown

12.9%
Ethnicity

White

65.9%

Hispanic or Latino

12.8%

Black or African American

11.1%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.4%

French

7.5%

Hmong

6.3%

Portuguese

3.4%

Russian

3.0%

German

2.9%

Somali

2.3%

Italian

2.0%

Arabic

1.5%

Chinese

1.4%

Mandarin

1.1%

Swedish

1.0%

Tagalog

1.0%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Polish

0.7%

Japanese

0.7%

Thai

0.7%

Korean

0.5%

Ukrainian

0.5%

Swahili

0.4%
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Personal Care Assistant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.3%

Everest Institute

6.4%

The Academy

6.3%

Minneapolis Community and Technical College

5.7%

Ashford University

5.4%

Kaplan University

5.4%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

4.8%

Rasmussen College

4.7%

Century College

4.5%

Saint Paul's College

4.4%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

4.3%

Saint Cloud State University

4.3%

North Hennepin Community College

4.2%

Springfield Technical Community College

4.1%

Hennepin Technical College

3.7%

University of Minnesota - Duluth

3.5%

Metropolitan State University

3.4%

Holyoke Community College

3.3%

Bryant and Stratton College

3.2%

Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg

3.1%
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Majors

Nursing

21.3%

Medical Assisting Services

14.3%

Business

10.6%

Health Care Administration

8.3%

Psychology

6.9%

Nursing Assistants

5.6%

Criminal Justice

4.8%

General Studies

3.9%

Human Services

3.2%

Social Work

2.6%

Cosmetology

2.4%

Liberal Arts

2.3%

Accounting

2.1%

Education

2.1%

Medical Technician

1.8%

Early Childhood Education

1.8%

Biology

1.7%

Mental Health Counseling

1.5%

Pharmacy

1.5%

Management

1.4%
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Degrees

Other

40.0%

Bachelors

21.1%

Associate

17.1%

Certificate

10.0%

Masters

5.0%

Diploma

4.7%

License

1.7%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Average Yearly Salary
$25,000
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$17,000
Min 10%
$25,000
Median 50%
$25,000
Median 50%
$25,000
Median 50%
$25,000
Median 50%
$25,000
Median 50%
$25,000
Median 50%
$25,000
Median 50%
$37,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Spurwink
Highest Paying City
Great Falls, MT
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.2 years
How much does a Personal Care Assistant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Personal Care Assistant in the United States is $25,279 per year or $12 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $17,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $37,000.

Real Personal Care Assistant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Personal Care Provider Albers Household Dallas, TX Oct 18, 2010 $57,200
Personal Care Provider Brajendra P. Sharma Vienna, VA Jul 01, 2015 $26,832
Personal Care Assistant/Caregiver Sue's Sourdough Assisted Living L.L.C. Anchorage, AK Apr 06, 2015 $24,001 -
$25,044
Personal Care Provider Karmail Singh Springfield, VA Jul 13, 2015 $23,858
Personal Care Assistant Dixie J. Garrett Houston, TX Mar 08, 2016 $20,800
Personal Care Assistant Joy Fishman New York, NY Apr 06, 2009 $20,494

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Top Skills for A Personal Care Assistant

  1. Personal Care
  2. RUN Errands
  3. Meal Prep
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted with the personal care and household responsibility/ability to escort.
  • Assist clients with personal needs.medication.meals.run errands.cleaning.
  • Assisted patients with their activities of daily living, such as bathing, grooming, dressing, and meal preparation.
  • Facilitated therapeutic stretches, AROM/PROM; assisted with functional transfers; provided mental stimulation and companionship
  • Provide all aspects of personal care to clients in their own homes, as well as personal assistance with ADLS.

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What do you like the most about working as Personal Care Assistant?

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

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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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