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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
  • $26,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Caregiver 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 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

86.3%

Male

12.0%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

62.5%

Hispanic or Latino

17.0%

Black or African American

10.5%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

65.2%

Portuguese

6.5%

German

4.3%

French

4.3%

Tagalog

4.3%

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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Senior Caregiver Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.2%

Kaplan University

9.1%

Community College of Vermont

5.2%

Temple University

5.2%

Front Range Community College

5.2%

Southern New Hampshire University

5.2%

Grand Canyon University

5.2%

University of Cincinnati

3.9%

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

3.9%

Ashford University

3.9%

University of Southern Mississippi

3.9%

California State University - Northridge

3.9%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.9%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

3.9%

Sinclair Community College

3.9%

Grantham University

3.9%

Western Kentucky University

3.9%

Ohio University -

2.6%

Enterprise State Community College

2.6%

State University of New York Buffalo

2.6%
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Majors

Nursing

15.9%

Business

12.5%

Psychology

10.6%

Medical Assisting Services

9.5%

Nursing Assistants

5.3%

Social Work

4.2%

Liberal Arts

4.2%

Health Care Administration

4.2%

General Studies

3.9%

Human Services

3.6%

Fine Arts

3.1%

Biology

3.1%

Education

3.1%

Criminal Justice

3.1%

Human Development

3.1%

Elementary Education

2.2%

English

2.2%

Communication

2.2%

Marketing

2.2%

Health Sciences And Services

1.9%
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Degrees

Other

34.9%

Bachelors

29.4%

Associate

15.9%

Masters

9.3%

Certificate

5.2%

Diploma

2.6%

License

1.6%

Doctorate

1.1%
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Top Skills for A Senior Caregiver

  1. Meal Prep
  2. Companionship
  3. Doctor Appointments
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Facilitated meal preparation and planning.
  • Provide companionship and supervision to elderly clients.
  • Provided transportation to doctor appointments and assisted with any necessary medications.
  • Supervised daily activities for the patient including personal care, food preparation, socialization, and environmental maintenance.
  • Provide in home support, transportation, meals, run errands, hospice, medication, and light housekeeping.

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