What Does a PCA Do?
Personal care assistants (PCAs) aid patients who have health-related issues with a wide variety of in-home tasks depending upon the degree of disability. They contribute to the comfort of patients by providing assistance with life skills and daily chores.
PCA Job Overview
In the role of a PCA, you will cook meals, do light cleaning, aid grooming activities, distribute medications, and transport clients to and from medical appointments. Success in this role will be determined by the compassion and dignity you give to your clients while executing duties they can no longer effectively do for themselves.
PCA Job Responsibilities and Duties
- Helps bathe, dress, and groom patients with physical limitations
- Cooks and feeds patients; when necessary, modifies food for easy swallowing
- Turns over bedridden patients and helps lift them up
- Assists patients in sitting, standing, laying down, and walking
- Performs household chores such as washing clothes, dishes, and vacuuming
PCA Job Requirements
- High school diploma or equivalent
- Certified in first aid
- Possess basic cooking and housekeeping skills
- Should be able to lift 70 lbs
- Prior experience as a personal care assistant or similar profession
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