What does a Personal Caregiver do?

Caregivers provide a wide range of personal care and support to a variety of people. This support generally entails helping people with their daily living activities, ranging from bathing and grooming to planning and cooking meals to assisting with taking medications. Caregivers generally work with seniors, people recovering from surgery, disabled adults, and veterans. This can take place either in a facility or in the form of in-home care.

Caregivers must have a high school diploma or general education degree (GED). Additionally, most caregivers are required to have a valid license and a registered vehicle, pass a background check, and be well-versed in first aid. The best caregivers are dedicated to helping clients gain more independence and improve their quality of life. This oftentimes means caregivers are compassionate, proactive, and dedicated to serving others.

  • Address client needs with respect and attention to safety
  • Assist clients with daily living activities, including bathing, grooming, dressing, eating, and using the bathroom
  • Actively engage clients through conversation and companionship
  • Engage with clients in a manner that promotes their independence and maintains their dignity
  • Help with meal preparation, planning, and grocery shopping
  • Perform light housekeeping duties
  • Help clients with physical therapy exercises
  • Report any unusual incidents or behavior
  • Administer medications as outlined
  • Maintain a safe environment for clients
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required
  • Current CPR certification
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Valid driver's license with a registered vehicle that is insured
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Current first aid certification
  • Ability to read and speak English
  • Ability to pass a required TB test and physical exam
  • Proven ability to behave with respect and compassion
  • Possess a professional and upbeat attitude
  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.2 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Personal Caregiver Salaries

Average Base Pay

$44,947 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $45K
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Personal Caregiver Career Path

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A Key to Life Home Health Services
Home Health Aide
Mar. 9, 2021

“It is a great work/life balance and most of the clients seem to be easy to work with.”

Helping Hands Home CareHelping Hands Home Care
Live-in Carer
Sep. 30, 2020

“The best managers and coordinators I've worked with seem to have quit or been fired.”

Care Assistant
Sep. 5, 2021

“There was lovely manager when I started but she left and after was only disaster.”

Texas Home HealthTexas Home Health
Home Health Aide
Oct. 7, 2021

“When you have a great team and everyone shows up to work every day it’s nice.”

In-N-Out BurgerIn-N-Out Burger
In N Out Associate
May 18, 2021

“Pay is really good and they take time to teach you how to do everything.”

UNM HospitalsUNM Hospitals
Nutrition Care Aide
Aug. 25, 2021

“Some management was very unhelpful and didn't always agree on the best way to approach situations.”

Visiting AngelsVisiting Angels
Home Health Aide
Sep. 27, 2019

“Manager is heartless and I received many complaints about her not returning calls to client.”

Ambulance Care Assistant
May 4, 2021

“The pay is well below average for the work and there are hardly any benefits.”

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