How to Get a Job as a Personal Care Aide
Detailed-oriented workers with physical stamina and strong interpersonal and time-management skills are the most likely to succeed as personal care aides. Due to low-paying salaries, personal care agencies see fairly high turnover. “A lot of agencies are hiring all the time,” Gurgone says. “So, it’s good to call an agency and see if they are hiring and see if they offer an initial training for workers.”
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What is the Job Like?
Most personal care aides work in the homes of clients, and both part-time and full-time work arrangements are common. These professionals are trained to help chronically ill and cognitively impaired clients cope with their conditions. If someone returns home from the hospital after congestive heart failure or a stroke, aides monitor their condition and report it to the agencies they work for. Aides are the gatekeepers of the health care system, Gurgone says. “They can help educate the consumers to take the right steps to keep themselves well.” Personal care aides run a higher-than-average risk of experiencing work-related illnesses and injuries and are prone to back ailments because they often lift sick clients in and out of beds and baths several times a day.
Last updated by Emily Brandon.