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Working As A Sitter

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

    Average Salary

What Does A Sitter 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 Sitter

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
Child Care Sitter 2.9 years
Animal Sitter 2.9 years
Pet Sitter 2.9 years
Home Care Giver 2.8 years
House Sitter 2.7 years
Baby Sitter 2.7 years
Care Provider 2.5 years
Elderly Caregiver 2.4 years
Provider 2.4 years
Home Health Aid 2.4 years
Nurse Sitter 2.4 years
Live In Caregiver 2.3 years
Care Taker 2.3 years
Dog Sitter 2.1 years
In Home Aide 2.1 years
Companion 2.0 years
Sitter 2.0 years
Career Assistant 1.9 years
Home Help Aide 1.9 years
Patient Sitter 1.5 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 18.4%
Internship 4.0%
Volunteer 3.6%
Manager 3.0%
Waitress 2.8%
Teacher 2.4%
Secretary 2.2%
Server 2.2%
Top Employers After
Cashier 14.0%
Internship 3.6%
Teacher 3.4%
Server 2.8%
Manager 2.7%
Volunteer 2.5%

Sitter Demographics

Gender

Female

84.8%

Male

12.7%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

82.6%

Hispanic or Latino

9.1%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

64.3%

French

13.1%

Filipino

2.4%

German

2.4%

Japanese

2.4%

Hindi

2.4%

Tagalog

2.4%

Korean

2.4%

Portuguese

1.2%

Cantonese

1.2%

Russian

1.2%

Urdu

1.2%

Polish

1.2%

Tamil

1.2%

Italian

1.2%
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Sitter Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.3%

Hinds Community College

10.7%

Remington College

6.5%

Delgado Community College

6.1%

Community College of Allegheny County

5.0%

Tyler Junior College

4.6%

Ashford University

4.6%

Holmes Community College

4.6%

Grambling State University

4.2%

Baton Rouge Community College

4.2%

Jefferson State Community College

3.8%

Coahoma Community College

3.8%

Kaplan University

3.8%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

3.4%

Wake Technical Community College

3.4%

Southwest Tennessee Community College

3.4%

University of Alabama

3.1%

Lansing Community College

3.1%

Everest Institute

3.1%

Tennessee State University

3.1%
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Majors

Nursing

20.1%

Medical Assisting Services

11.6%

Business

10.5%

Nursing Assistants

9.1%

Health Care Administration

7.8%

Psychology

6.2%

General Studies

4.8%

Criminal Justice

4.8%

Social Work

3.1%

Medical Technician

3.0%

Biology

2.6%

Cosmetology

2.2%

Accounting

2.0%

Education

2.0%

Early Childhood Education

1.9%

Pharmacy

1.9%

Sociology

1.7%

Liberal Arts

1.6%

Elementary Education

1.6%

Communication

1.5%
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Degrees

Other

42.7%

Bachelors

21.7%

Associate

15.1%

Certificate

9.1%

Masters

5.1%

Diploma

4.6%

License

1.2%

Doctorate

0.5%
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Top Skills for A Sitter

PatientSafetyCompanionshipPersonalCareMealPrepVitalSignsPersonalHygieneAssistanceDailyLivingActivitiesDirectPatientCareADLResponsibilitiesiSafePlayEnvironmentDementiaDoctorAppointmentsRUNErrandsAlzheimerDailyNeedsElderlyPatientsCPRBloodPressureCNA

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Top Sitter Skills

  1. Patient Safety
  2. Companionship
  3. Personal Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained patient safety at all times and report all activity outside of parameters.
  • Provide companionship and protective supervision as needed.
  • Developed personal care plans and attended meetings to ensure that the plans and the goals are being followed and achieved.
  • Prepare meals, clean up the kitchen, and perform menu planning and meal preparation for later use.
  • Work the Rehabilitation Institute performed vital signs and monitored critical ill patients.

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