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.
Sample of reported job titles: Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Home Health Aide (HHA), Home Care Aide, Caregiver, Personal Care Aide, Personal Care Attendant (PCA), Personal Care Assistant (PCA), Companion, Care Provider, Homemaker
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Education and Training
Most Personal and Home Care Aides are not required to have any formal education, however, most have at least a high school diploma. They are usually trained on-the-job by a supervisor, usually for safety and emergency response protocol. In some states, a more formal educational program is required.
In New Hampshire, the Department of Health and Human Services' Health Facilities Administration is responsible for regulation and oversight of home care service provider agencies. Licensure is issued to home care provider organizations or business entities.
Interests (Holland Code): SRC
Career Cluster: Human Services
Most home health and personal care aides work in a client's home; others work in small group homes or larger care communities. Some aides go to the same home every day or week for months or even years. Some visit four or five clients on the same day. Others work only with one client all day. This may involve working with other aides in shifts so the client always has an aide. They may help people in hospices and day services programs and may also help people with disabilities go to work and stay engaged in their communities.
Additional Information Sources**
National Association for Home Care and Hospice
Home Care Association of New Hampshire
To Find a Job
Contact the nearest NH Employment Security office or go online to www.nhes.nh.gov
* New Hampshire Occupational Employment and Wages, September 2012. Wage estimates based on surveys through May 2011, adjusted to June 2012.
** Inclusion of this information is intended to provide a convenient resource for research, but in no way constitutes an endorsement for any organization; nor is the list all-inclusive.
NH Employment Projections, base year 2010 to projected year 2020
Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010, Bureau of Labor Statistics
For more information:
Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau
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