Personal care aides assist people with chronic diseases, physical disabilities and mental ailments by helping them prepare meals, get dressed in the morning and go about their daily tasks. Without the assistance of a personal care aide, many of these often elderly people would be unable to complete the tasks of basic living. Compassion is a requirement for anyone interested in this line of work. Personal care aides work in a variety of environments, including patient homes, small residential facilities, group homes and large-scale care communities. Unlike home health aides, personal care aides don't perform medical-related tasks. Their work often begins post-surgery, after a client has been patched and mended by a medical professional.
Employment of personal care aides is expected to increase by 37 percent between 2018 and 2026, much faster than the average rate of all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This growth is attributed to aging baby boomers, who will likely rely on in-home assistance and seek companionship. There should be more than 754,000 new positions by 2026.
SWCC’s PCA class also includes Red Cross First-Aid and ServSafe food safety certification.