Career Advice

Have You Considered Personal Care Assistance?

Table Mountain Employment 19 December, 2019

Are you looking for a new career, or are you open to any job opportunity right now? Have you considered the field of personal care assistance? Although in the past this profession was open mostly to individuals with nursing experience, today personal care assistance is open to individuals of varying skill levels and backgrounds.

What is Personal Care Assistance?

Personal Care Assistance is a general term used to define a worker who provides in-home care assistance to individuals who are limited in some way. This could include elderly clients, disable clients, or people recovering from surgery or injuries. A personal care assistant will help with every day tasks such as housekeeping, cooking, laundry, and errands. In some cases, the assistant will also aid in medication distribution and doctor's visits. 

What Skills Are Needed?

Many personal care assistants do have a nursing or medical background, but in many cases that is not necessary. An individual seeking to become a personal care assistant needs to have a clean background check, integrity, and the physical ability to assist with everyday tasks. In some cases, a client may need physical assistance with mobility, in which case an assistant would need to be in good physical shape. It is also important for the assistant to have a friendly, sociable disposition, as they will be a companion to their client as well. 

Who Hires Personal Care Assistants?

Many personal care assistants find work through care agencies. These agencies will hire individuals, train them, perform background checks and then place them with clients. Some families choose not to use an agency and instead hire directly. You may be able to find listings for families hiring in the classifieds. 

If you like to help others and have the necessary skills for personal care assistance, this could be the right fit for you.