Personal Care Aides

Personal Care

Personal care aides help people who are sick, injured, or elderly to live in their own homes
Personal Care
Are you a compassionate person? Ever helped care for a sick friend or family member? Learn how to do it professionally to make a big difference in people's lives every day.
Why Should You Consider This Career?

Make a difference in people's lives every day, Work as part of a team, Learn a skill that will allow you to live and work anywhere in the world!

That's $3,300 per bi-weekly paycheck
That's 2000 new jobs in Utah per year (30% growth)
Less Physical                                         More Physical
Less Training                                          More Training
More Structure                                     Less Structure
Caregiver, Home Care Aide, Medication Aide, Patient Care Assistant (PCA), Personal Care Aide, Personal Care Assistant (PCA), Personal Care Attendant (PCA), Resident Care Assistant (RCA

Provide personalized assistance to individuals with disabilities or illness who require help with personal care and activities of daily living support (e.g., feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, and ambulation). May also provide help with tasks such as preparing meals, doing light housekeeping, and doing laundry. Work is performed in various settings depending on the needs of the care recipient and may include locations such as their home, place of work, out in the community, or at a daytime nonresidential facility.

At A Glance in US
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398,000 (35%)
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398,000 (35%)
398,000 (35%)
Caregiver, Home Care Aide, Medication Aide, Patient Care Assistant (PCA), Personal Care Aide, Personal Care Assistant (PCA), Personal Care Attendant (PCA), Resident Care Assistant (RCA
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Your Typical Day:

  • Administer bedside or personal care, such as ambulation or personal hygiene assistance.
  • Prepare and maintain records of client progress and services performed, reporting changes in client condition to manager or supervisor.
  • Perform healthcare-related tasks, such as monitoring vital signs and medication, under the direction of registered nurses or physiotherapists.
  • Participate in case reviews, consulting with the team caring for the client, to evaluate the client's needs and plan for continuing services.
  • Care for individuals or families during periods of incapacitation, family disruption, or convalescence, providing companionship, personal care, or help in adjusting to new lifestyles.
  • Perform housekeeping duties, such as cooking, cleaning, washing clothes or dishes, or running errands.
  • Instruct or advise clients on issues, such as household cleanliness, utilities, hygiene, nutrition, or infant care.
  • Plan, shop for, or prepare nutritious meals or assist families in planning, shopping for, or preparing nutritious meals.
  • Transport clients to locations outside the home, such as to physicians' offices or on outings, using a motor vehicle.
  • Provide clients with communication assistance, typing their correspondence or obtaining information for them.
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Your Responsibilities

  • Administer basic health care or medical treatments.
  • Document client health or progress.
  • Maintain client information or service records.
  • Monitor health or behavior of people or animals.
  • Develop plans for programs or services.
  • Provide counsel, comfort, or encouragement to individuals or families.
  • Prepare foods or meals.
  • Drive vehicles to transport patrons.
  • Perform housekeeping duties.
  • Teach health or hygiene practices.
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Knowledge You Will Learn

  • Customer and Personal Service

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. 74/100

  • English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. 58/100

  • Psychology

Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders. 50/100

  • Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. 48/100

  • Transportation

Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits. 43/100

  • Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. 42/100

  • Medicine and Dentistry

Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures. 40/100

  • Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. 40/100

  • Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. 37/100

  • Therapy and Counseling

Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance. 36/100

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Tools of the Trade

  • Patient lifts
  • Shower or bath chairs or seats for the physically challenged
  • Telecommunication devices TDD or teletypewriters TTY for the physically challenged
  • Blood pressure cuff kits
  • Lower extremity prosthetic devices
  • Electronic medical thermometers
  • Glucose monitors or meters
  • Canes
  • Patient shifting boards
  • Paging controllers
  • Voice synthesizers for the physically challenged
  • Upper extremity prosthetic devices
  • Crutches
  • Bedpans
  • Electronic blood pressure units
  • Braille devices for the physically challenged
  • Back or lumbar or sacral orthopedic softgoods
  • Vascular or compression apparel or support
  • Medical acoustic stethoscopes
  • Patient bed or table scales for general use
  • Hearing aid
  • Walkers or rollators
  • Digital camcorders or video cameras
  • Electric vibrators for rehabilitation or therapy
  • Specimen collection container
  • Oxygen therapy delivery system products
  • Wheelchairs
  • Screwdrivers
  • Hammers
  • Digital cameras
  • Alarm systems
  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Walking braces
  • Personal computers
  • Tablet computers
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