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Career Details :: Personal and Home Care Aides
Assist elderly or disabled adults with daily living activities at the person's home or in a daytime nonresidential facility. Duties performed at a place of residence may include keeping house (making beds, doing laundry, washing dishes) and preparing meals. May provide meals and supervised activities at non-residential care facilities. May advise families, the elderly, and disabled on such things as nutrition, cleanliness, and household utilities.
Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience may be helpful in these occupations, but usually is not needed. For example, a drywall installer might benefit from experience installing drywall, but an inexperienced person could still learn to be an installer with little difficulty.
These occupations usually require a high school diploma and may require some vocational training or job-related course work. In some cases, an associate's or bachelor's degree could be needed.
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees.
- Advises and assists family members in planning nutritious meals, purchasing and preparing foods, and utilizing commodities from surplus food programs.
- Explains fundamental hygiene principles.
- Assists in training children.
- Gives bedside care to incapacitated individuals and trains family members to provide bedside care.
- Assigns housekeeping duties according to children's capabilities.
- Obtains information for client, for personal and business purposes.
- Types correspondence and reports.
- Drives motor vehicle to transport client to specified locations.
- Assists parents in establishing good study habits for children.
- Assists client with dressing, undressing, and toilet activities.
- Prepares and maintains records of assistance rendered.
- Evaluates needs of individuals served and plans for continuing services.
- Child Care Workers
- Counter and Rental Clerks
- Dietetic Technicians
- Home Health Aides
- Locker Room, Coatroom, and Dressing Room Attendants
- Opticians, Dispensing
- Residential Advisors
- Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants and Baggage Porters
General Work Activities
- Assisting and Caring for Others
- Establishing & Maintaining Relationships
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Performing General Physical Activities
- Communicating With Persons Outside Organization
Frequent Work Context
- Job-Required Social Interaction
- Objective or Subjective Information
- Provide a Service to Others
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Responsible for Others' Health & Safety