Personal care aides, also known as caregivers, personal attendants, homemakers, or companions, assist with the daily tasks of elderly, mentally disabled, chronically ill, or physically challenged clients, as well as hospice patients and those in various stages of rehabilitation or recovery. Aides might work at clients' homes, residential care or hospice facilities, adult day care centers, or senior centers. They might visit several clients a day or be assigned to one specific client. Shifts can vary, but most personal care aides are expected to work nights, weekends, and holidays.

  • Personal care aides generally are responsible for light cleaning, cooking, running errands, and doing laundry, as well as assisting clients with bathing, showering, grooming, and other personal hygiene tasks. They also engage clients in activities like reading, talking, and playing games.

  • Help with eating - As a person's cognitive function declines, he or she may become overwhelmed with too many food choices, forget to eat or have difficulty with eating utensils.

  • Incontinence Care - Incontinence can be caused by many factors, including an inability to recognize the need to use the restroom, forgetting where the bathroom is located, medications, stress, certain physical conditions, clothing that is difficult to remove and constipation.

  • Meal Preparation - It can be very difficult to prepare nutritious and healthy meals when seniors struggle with chronic diseases or are recuperating from a hospital stay.Planning and cooking meals can be not only physically challenging but seniors may also have a lack of desire to cook. It has been proven that as we age our sense of taste (in food not fashion) declines.

  • Monitoring Mobility - as we age it becomes hard to complete most task without getting tired, weak. and mass movement. This is when most accidents happen in the home

  • Toileting - Even if your older adult is pretty independent, they may still need a little help when they go to the bathroom. It’s easy for seniors to fall when walking to the bathroom in a rush or when sitting or standing from the toilet due to blood pressure changes.

  • Bathing/Dressing - choosing /putting on clothes or getting in/out of the shower /bath can be frustrating for seniors or a person with a disability. The they may not remember how to dress or may be overwhelmed with the choices or the task itself.

  • Medication Reminders -  forgetting to take medication on time, mistakenly taking too many doses at once, taking another dose too soon after the first one is why caregivers assist in med reminders..

  • Transferring - disability, medications age can require assistance just to get in and out of bed or moving from a chair to a wheelchair.

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Companionship and Conversation
Monitor Diet and Eating
Assistance with Walking and Mobility
Dressing (includes clothing selection assistance)
Houseplant Care
Supervise Home Maintenance and Arrange lists
Mail Bills and Letters


Light Housekeeping
Laundry and Ironing
Garbage Removal
Plan, Prepare, and Clean-up Meals
Bed Making, Dusting, and General Housekeeping
Pick-up Prescriptions and Dry Cleaning
Care for Alzheimer’s
Attend Events as an Escort
Pet Care

Home care services include help with daily tasks such as:

Meal preparation

Medication reminders


Light housekeeping




Toileting and Continence Care
Medication Reminders

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