Personal Care Aide

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.

Job Outlook through 2026

Employment Current: 89,460
Employment Projected: 106,150
Percentage Change: 18.7%

Education/Training

High School Diploma

Sample Job Titles

  • Caregiver
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • Home Care Aide
  • Home Health Care Provider
  • Medication Aide
  • Patient Care Assistant (PCA)
  • Personal Care Aide
  • Personal Care Assistant (PCA)
  • Personal Care Attendant (PCA)
  • Resident Care Assistant (RCA)

Duties

  • 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

Skills

  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action

Average Wages in PA

Entry Level: $20,240
Average: $23,940
Experienced: $25,790