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Personal Care Aides in California

May also be called: Cargivers; Companions; and Personal Attendants

What Would I Do?

Personal and Home Care Aides make it possible for older or disabled persons to remain living in their own home or other residential facility instead of moving to a nursing home.

Personal and Home Care Aides provide housekeeping and routine personal care sevices. They clean the patient's house, do laundry, change bed linens and may shop for food and cook meals.

They may drive the client to doctor’s or other appointments, help them bathe, get dressed, and have meals. They may also advise families and clients on special diets and how to address special needs. They also provide companionship to these often lonely people.

Although some Personal and Home Care Aides work for the same client for months or even years, most work with different clients, sometimes even in the course of a day. Most of the time, though, they spend a significant length of time while the client convalesces.

Will This Job Fit Me?

This occupation appeals to those who get satisfaction from helping others, this job would be a good fit. You should also enjoy talking with patients, as part of the job is often providing companionship to patients.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

Since the entry requirements are quite low, pay hovers just above the minimum wage. However, agencies which place Personal and Home Care Aides charge considerably more money, to cover inspections, training, and insurance requirements.

The median wage in 2018 for Personal Care Aides in California is $24,419 annually, or $11.74 hourly. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

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Annual Wages for 2018Low
(25th percentile)
Median
(50th percentile)
High
(75th percentile)
California$22,918$24,419$26,446
Source: EDD/LMID Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, 2018 Wages do not reflect self-employment.
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Benefits for this occupation can be limited. For example, a majority of Aides receive paid medical insurance, but other benefits are provided for less than half of workers (although paid vacation is offered to about half of all Aides).

What is the Job Outlook?

The job outlook for this occupation is very good, with many openings for Personal and Home Care Aides. Both growth and the need to replace workers who leave the field make it relatively easy to find employment in this occupation.

How Do I Qualify?

There are no education or training requirements to work as a Personal and Home Care Aide.

Aides should be motivated by a sincere desire to help people who are elderly or otherwise in need of assistance. A must for an Aide is honesty, as they work in the homes of clients. Since medical issues can be sensitive, Aides should also be discreet and not share personal details.

Personal and Home Care Aides should have a desire to help people and not mind hard work. They should be responsible, compassionate, emotionally stable, and cheerful. In addition, Aides also need to be in good health. A physical examination and a criminal background check may be required for employment.

Finding a Job

 Online job opening systems include JobCentral at www.jobcentral.com and CalJOBSSM at www.caljobs.ca.gov.

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