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Become A Senior Caregiver

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Working As A Senior Caregiver

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • $20,980

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Senior Caregiver does

  • Organized and implemented care plan for seniors* Transport patients to various health care facilities
  • Provided transfers assistance by moving clients in and out of their beds, baths, wheelchairs and vehicles.
  • Maintained records of patient care and condition.
  • assist client with daily living activities such as grooming, cooking, cleaning, socializing,
  • Provided meal preparation and nutrition; shopping, errands and appointments.
  • Performed personal care activities; hygiene, ambulation, eating, dressing, and toileting.
  • Maintained laundry, housekeeping and cleaning.
  • Passed coursework Certified in Personal Care & Alzheimer's Disease or Other Dementias
  • Provided emotional support and promote a sense of well-being.
  • Take and record vital signs.
  • Transport them to appointments, run errands when necessary, & help with personal cares.
  • Supply 24 hour hospice care to elderly female.
  • Home care for Elderly, Alztimers and Companion Care.
  • Assist with transportation of clients Administer medications Assist with physical therapy Assist with bathing and grooming
  • Transport and accompany client to medical appointments.
  • Bathed, dressed and fed the elderly Supervised elderly with ADL's
  • Assisted resident with setting up doctor appointments, and phone calls.
  • Assisted elderly patient suffering from Parkinson's disease with personal and household maintenance.
  • Monitored vital signs, such as blood pressure and pulse.
  • Used Hoyer lift to move patient.

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How To Become A Senior Caregiver

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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Senior Caregiver Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    86.6%
  • Male

    11.7%
  • Unknown

    1.7%

Ethnicity

  • White

    78.7%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    13.0%
  • Asian

    6.4%
  • Unknown

    1.4%
  • Black or African American

    0.5%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    64.4%
  • Portuguese

    6.7%
  • German

    4.4%
  • French

    4.4%
  • Tagalog

    4.4%
  • Sicilian

    2.2%
  • Turkish

    2.2%
  • Hmong

    2.2%
  • Hindi

    2.2%
  • Urdu

    2.2%
  • Korean

    2.2%
  • Italian

    2.2%
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Top Skills for A Senior Caregiver

CompanionCareRUNErrandsLaundryMealPrepTransfersAssistancePersonalCareActivitiesMedicationRemindersHouseholdChoresDementiaCareAlzheimerPersonalHygieneDailyLivingActivitiesVitalSignsMedicalAppointmentsADLDoctorAppointmentsBloodPressureHospiceCarePhysicalTherapyPatientCare

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Top Senior Caregiver Skills

  1. Companion Care
  2. RUN Errands
  3. Laundry
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Home care for Elderly, Alztimers and Companion Care.
  • Transport them to appointments, run errands when necessary, & help with personal cares.
  • Performed house cleaning such as laundry, making the bed, organizing the closet and bathroom.
  • Provide meal preparation and monitoring.
  • Provide clients or residents with transfers assistance by moving them in and out of beds, baths, wheelchairs or cars.

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