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Working As A Personal Care Provider

  • 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 Personal Care Provider 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 Provider

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
Elder 3.2 years
Home Care Giver 2.7 years
Care Provider 2.5 years
Provider 2.4 years
Live In Caregiver 2.3 years
Direct Care Aide 2.2 years
Care Taker 2.2 years
Direct Care Worker 2.1 years
Companion 2.0 years
Personal Attendant 2.0 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 15.0%
Internship 4.8%
Teller 4.6%
Volunteer 3.7%
Waitress 2.9%
Top Employers After
Cashier 11.3%
Internship 3.2%
Server 3.0%

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Personal Care Provider Demographics

Gender

Female

82.8%

Male

15.5%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

64.1%

Hispanic or Latino

17.4%

Black or African American

8.7%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

3.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

44.4%

Russian

13.9%

Portuguese

8.3%

Italian

5.6%

Chinese

2.8%

Hungarian

2.8%

Vietnamese

2.8%

German

2.8%

Ukrainian

2.8%

French

2.8%

Armenian

2.8%

Hmong

2.8%

Polish

2.8%

Mandarin

2.8%
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Personal Care Provider Education

Schools

Front Range Community College

11.7%

University of Phoenix

9.7%

Pueblo Community College

7.8%

Metropolitan State University of Denver

6.8%

Colorado State University - Pueblo

5.8%

Pikes Peak Community College

5.8%

University of Northern Colorado

4.9%

Otero Junior College

4.9%

Community College of Denver

4.9%

Colorado State University

4.9%

The Community College of Baltimore County

3.9%

Liberty University

3.9%

Kaplan University

3.9%

Colorado Mesa University

3.9%

IntelliTec College - Pueblo

2.9%

The Academy

2.9%

Fort Hays State University

2.9%

Community College of Vermont

2.9%

Arizona State University

2.9%

Boise State University

2.9%
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Majors

Nursing

18.4%

Business

12.3%

Psychology

8.7%

Medical Assisting Services

8.5%

Health Care Administration

8.0%

Nursing Assistants

6.9%

Criminal Justice

4.5%

Human Services

3.5%

Early Childhood Education

3.3%

Medical Technician

3.3%

Social Work

3.1%

Biology

3.1%

Management

2.8%

Kinesiology

2.6%

General Studies

2.6%

Cosmetology

1.9%

Sociology

1.9%

Education

1.7%

Public Health

1.4%

Occupational Therapy

1.4%
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Degrees

Other

34.7%

Bachelors

26.3%

Associate

15.2%

Masters

9.7%

Certificate

9.4%

Diploma

2.2%

License

1.7%

Doctorate

0.8%
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Real Personal Care Provider Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Personal Care Provider Albers Household Dallas, TX Oct 19, 2014 $57,200
Personal Care Provider Albers Household Dallas, TX Oct 18, 2011 $57,200
Personal Care Provider Albers Household Dallas, TX Oct 19, 2011 $57,200
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

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Top Skills for A Personal Care Provider

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  1. Personal Care
  2. Laundry
  3. Mobility Assistance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided patients with personal care services including medication and toileting support.
  • Help with daily routine care such as bathing, dressing, grooming, laundry, general cleaning, and housekeeping.
  • Performed activities of resident daily living such as bathing, dressing and mobility assistance
  • Provided transportation to medical appointments and social events.
  • Worked on Community Integration* Distribution of Medication* Meal prep* Supervised morning, afternoon, evening, bedtime, over night routines

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