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Provide personalized assistance to individuals with disabilities or illness who require help with personal care and activities of daily living support (e.g., feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, and ambulation). May also provide help with tasks such as preparing meals, doing light housekeeping, and doing laundry. Work is performed in various settings depending on the needs of the care recipient and may include locations such as their home, place of work, out in the community, or at a daytime nonresidential facility.

    Work Activities
    • Administer bedside or personal care, such as ambulation or personal hygiene assistance.
    • Prepare and maintain records of client progress and services performed, reporting changes in client condition to manager or supervisor.
    • Perform healthcare-related tasks, such as monitoring vital signs and medication, under the direction of registered nurses or physiotherapists.
    • Participate in case reviews, consulting with the team caring for the client, to evaluate the client's needs and plan for continuing services.
    • Care for individuals or families during periods of incapacitation, family disruption, or convalescence, providing companionship, personal care, or help in adjusting to new lifestyles.
    • Plan, shop for, or prepare nutritious meals or assist families in planning, shopping for, or preparing nutritious meals.
    • Transport clients to locations outside the home, such as to physicians' offices or on outings, using a motor vehicle.
    • Perform housekeeping duties, such as cooking, cleaning, washing clothes or dishes, or running errands.
    • Instruct or advise clients on issues, such as household cleanliness, utilities, hygiene, nutrition, or infant care.
    • Provide clients with communication assistance, typing their correspondence or obtaining information for them.
    • Train family members to provide bedside care.
    Skills
    • Service Orientation

      Actively looking for ways to help people.

    • Social Perceptiveness

      Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    N/A
    Workplace Documents
    N/A
    Graphic Literacy
    N/A
    Abilities
    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    Knowledge
    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Psychology

      Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary 23040/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 11.08/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed Not Available
    • Yearly Projected Openings Not Available
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Social: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Concern for Others
    • Cooperation
    • Self Control
    • Stress Tolerance
    Tools
    • Telecommunication devices TDD or teletypewriters TTY for the physically challenged
    • Shower or bath chairs or seats for the physically challenged
    • Patient lifts or accessories
    • Adjustable wrenches
    • Adjustable widemouth pliers
    Technology
    • Optical character reader OCR or scanning software
    • Medical software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base reporting software
    • Calendar and scheduling software
    Tags
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.