Personal and Home Care Aides

Quick Facts: Personal and Home Care Aides
2010 Median Pay $20,430 per year
$9.82 per hour
Entry-Level Education Less than high school
Related Work-experience none
On-the-job Training Short-term on-the-job training
Number of Jobs in 2010 31,130
Job Outlook, 2010-20 42,600
Growth Openings, 2010-20 11,470
Total Openings 13,940
Licenses none
Source: Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Division of Employment and Training, 2013

What Personal and Home Care Aides Do

Home health and personal care aides help people who are disabled, chronically ill, or cognitively impaired. They also help older adults who may need assistance. They help with activities such as bathing and dressing, and they provide services such as light housekeeping. In some states, home health aides may be able to give a client medication or check the client’s vital signs under the direction of a nurse or other healthcare practitioner.

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Work Environment

Personal and home care aids work in a variety of settings. Most work in a client’s home; others work in small group homes or larger care communities.

Industries Where Personal and Home Care Aids May Work

  • Home health care services
  • Residential mental retardation facilities
  • Services for the elderly and persons with disabilities
  • Community care facilities for the elderly
  • Nursing care facilities
  • Private households
  • Vocational rehabilitation services

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Home health and personal care aides help people in
their own homes or in residential facilities.

How to Become a Home Health and Personal Care Aides

There are no formal education requirements for personal and home care aids. Home health aides working in certified home health or hospice agencies must get formal training and pass a standardized test.

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Compare the job duties, education, job growth, and pay of home health and personal care aides with similar occupations.

  • Childcare Workers
  • Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
  • Medical Assistants
  • Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants and Aides
  • Physical Therapist Assistants and Aides
  • Radiation Therapists
  • Registered Nurses
  • Social and Human Service Assistants

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Job Outlook

Wisconsin employment of 31,130 is expected to grow by 36.8 percent from 2010 to 2020. Nationally as the baby-boom population ages and the elderly population grows, the demand for home health and personal care aides to provide assistance and companionship will continue to increase.

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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics , U.S., Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition.  And the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Division of Employment and Training, Employment Projections 2010-2010.

WORKnet Last Modified: January 30, 2013

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