Personal care aides, also known as caregivers, personal attendants, homemakers, or companions, assist with the daily tasks of elderly, chronically ill, or physically challenged clients, as well as hospice patients and those in various stages of rehabilitation or recovery. They might visit several clients a day or be assigned to one specific client. Shifts can vary, but most personal care aides are expected to work nights, weekends, and holidays.
Personal care aides generally are responsible for light cleaning, cooking, running errands, and doing laundry, as well as assisting clients with bathing, showering, grooming, and other personal hygiene tasks. They also engage clients in activities like reading, talking, and playing games. Additionally, personal care aides might consult with a client's family members to address their concerns regarding the client's health, nutrition, and overall well-being.
All Aides need to learn basic emergency and safety techniques such as CPR Certification, he or she might be asked to cook with specific dietary restrictions in mind. As a general rule, personal care aides should be in good physical condition, have access to a reliable mode of transportation and, perhaps most of all, enjoy helping those in need. All employees are required to provide a recent 2 Step Turberculosis reading or two separate TB test results.