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Personal Care Aides

Also called: Caregiver, Home Care Aide, Personal Care Aide, Personal Care Attendant (PCA)

Where in the Navy? In the Navy: Hospital Corpsman; Hospital Corpsman Basic; Hospitalman

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What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.

Knowledge

Business
  • customer service
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • psychology

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Social
  • looking for ways to help people
  • understanding people's reactions

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Concern for Others
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control
  • Stress Tolerance

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • MEDITECH software Hot Technology
Computer based training software
  • Appletree
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Voltage SecureMail

Education

Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
no high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$27,080
$20,130
$36,990
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