Personal Care Aides


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+33.7% (much faster than the average)


What Personal Care Aides Do

Assist the elderly, convalescents, or persons with disabilities with daily living activities at the person's home or in a care facility. Duties performed at a place of residence may include keeping house (making beds, doing laundry, washing dishes) and preparing meals. May provide assistance at non-residential care facilities. May advise families, the elderly, convalescents, and persons with disabilities regarding such things as nutrition, cleanliness, and household activities.

Other Job Titles Personal Care Aides May Have

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)

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Caregiver Counselor ,

Evergreen Health Hospital

Empowering and supporting caregivers in their unexpected journey of caregiving for a loved one on a daily basis. Validating the challenges of how their role has changed from a loved one to a Caregiver role. Helping with tools for stress, guilt, feeling overwhelmed, grief and loss.

Personal Care Worker ,

Brownsliving Spring Crest

They would see me help my client overcome some personal struggles with out being physically aggressive towards staff. Being productive during the day. Finding creative ways to get patients to shower even if they don't want to shower.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • 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.

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