Personal Home Care Aide
A personal home care aide assists clients with handicaps, some mental impairments, or other physical limitations with the challenges of managing every day tasks and providing caring companionship to them. Many personal home care aides assist the elderly.
Personal home care aides assist clients who have cognitive impairments with everyday tasks and self-care in their homes, care facilities, or group homes. They may plan and prepare meals, do light housekeeping, and help with organizing their schedules while arranging transportation to and from the doctors or store. A personal care aide works in small group homes, client’s homes, or in larger care communities. Most aides work full time while some may only work part time.
How to Become a Personal Home Care Aide
Usually, formal education is not required. However, employers may prefer personal care aides to have a high school diploma or the equivalent. They typically trained on the job by registered nurses, their direct employer, or another personal care aide. There are some states that are wanting formal education through a community college or a vocational school.
A candidate is usually expected to have training or certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid. Employers look for important qualities in a candidate, such as integrity, compassion, interpersonal skills, detail-oriented, and because he or she must do physical tasks in this job physical stamina is expected.
Job Description of a Personal Home Care Aide
Personal home care aides have the duties of caring for and helping clients with cognitive impairments, such as mental illness, those physically challenged as with wheelchairs, or have Alzheimer’s disease or other impairments. They take them for walks, talk with them, or engage them by playing games with them or perhaps doing a puzzle.
He or she helps their client with their hygiene-related tasks, like brushing teeth or bathing, combing their hair, or going to the bathroom. They help them to get in and out of a wheelchair, climb the stairs, or get in and out of bed. They may also help plan and prepare meals for them and may need to help them eat and drink, as well as washing the dishes or do other light housekeeping work like changing bed linens or vacuuming.
Sometimes, clients may need help making appointments or getting to them and a personal home care aide would help to arrange that. They may also ensure their client has transportation to and from the store or their appointments. Additionally, he or she may need to help the client manage their money or pay their bills and shop for groceries or personal items.
Companionship is a large part of the duty of a personal and home care aide. They may go for walks with their client, play a game or other interaction. They may also help their client to become involved in their community to the extent that they are able or go to work. A personal and home care aide, does not provide any medical assistance, but is competent to alert the proper professional when a problem arrises.
Most personal home care aides work in the personal home of the client or some work in large care communities. He or she must be physically fit as this occupation is physically and mentally challenging.