Personal Care Assistant

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Home health and personal care aides help people who are disabled, chronically ill, or cognitively impaired. They also help older adults who may need assistance. They help with activities such as bathing and dressing, and they provide services such as light housekeeping. In some states, home health aides may be able to give a client medication or check the client’s vital signs under the direction of a nurse or other healthcare practitioner.

Home health and personal care aides typically do the following:

  • Help clients in their daily personal tasks, such as bathing or dressing
  • Do light housekeeping, such as laundry, washing dishes, and vacuuming in a client’s home
  • Organize a client’s schedule and plan appointments
  • Arrange transportation to doctors’ offices or for other kinds of outings
  • Shop for groceries and prepare meals
  • Provide companionship

Aides often keep track of when a client’s prescriptions need to be filled or when the client has his or her next doctor’s appointment. Aides may prepare leisure activities, including exercise, to keep their clients active and healthy. They may go for walks with their clients or play games with them. In some states, home health aides may be able to provide some medical services. Aides may be expected to complete unpleasant tasks such as emptying a client’s bedpan or changing soiled bed linens.

Some aides are hired directly by the client or the client’s family. In these situations, the client or the client’s family supervises the aide and gives the aide tasks to do.

Personal care aides — also called homemakers, caregivers, companions, and personal attendants — provide clients with companionship and help with daily tasks in a client’s home. They are often hired in addition to other medical health workers, such as hospice workers, who may visit a client’s home. Personal care aides do not provide any type of medical service.

Career Outlook: 
Career Outlook data is specific to New Hampshire State.
Number of Jobs 2010: 
3,865
Number of Projected Jobs 2020: 
6,051
Jobs Percentage Change: 
56.6%
Total Annual Openings: 
250
Growth Outlook: 
Very Favorable
June 2013 Entry Level Wage: 
$9.30
June 2013 Mean Wage: 
$11.30
June 2013 Experienced Wage: 
$12.31
Salary Range: 
$20,000 - $40,000
Education Requirements: 
Programs: 

Education Levels:

This job requires a minimum of a GED or a High School Diploma and on-the-job training. Please consult your Case Manager for specific details about this opportunities.
License and Certification Requirements: 
Coding Certification Required: 
No
Coding License Required: 
No
Career Categories: 

Types of Work:

Workplace Environment: 
Community-Based Setting or Patients' Homes
Types of Interaction: 
Direct Patient Interaction
Independently