Personal care aides (“PCA”) provide help to people who are elderly, disabled, or sick. Their clients usually require a greater amount of care than their family and friends can provide to them. PCAs usually travel to the client’s home but can sometimes work with the client outside of the home.
They work with small children whose parents are incapable of caring for themselves or their children. PCAs also work with discharged hospital patients with short-term needs. They differ from home health aides because they do not provide health-related services, but rather routine personal care.
This routine personal care often includes:
- Light home cleaning
- Doing the laundry
- Changing bed sheets
- Running some errands
- Cooking and planning meals
- Assist with getting dressed
- Assist with bathing and other grooming activities
PCAs work with the clients’ families regarding nutrition, cleanliness, and household tasks. Under the supervision of a nurse, they sometimes toilet train children who are severely mentally handicapped. Sometimes they may sit and listen to clients discuss their everyday challenges and problems. PCAs give their clients a certain level of psychological and emotional support.