Personal care aides take clients for walks, talk with them, or engage them by playing games with them. They also help clients with hygiene-related tasks like brushing teeth, bathing, grooming, or going to the bathroom. They help them to get in and out of a wheelchair, climb the stairs, or get in and out of bed. They may also help plan and prepare meals for them and may need to help them eat and drink. It is also possible that an aide will wash the dishes or do other light housekeeping work like changing bed linens or vacuuming.
Sometimes, clients may need help making appointments or getting to an appointment. A personal care aide would help to arrange that. They may also ensure their client has transportation to and from the store or their appointments. Additionally, he or she may need to help the client manage their money or pay their bills and shop for groceries or personal items.
Companionship is a large part of the duty of a personal care aide. A personal care aide does not provide any medical assistance, but is competent to alert the proper professional when a problem arises. Most personal care aides work in the personal home of the client and some work in large care communities. He or she must be physically fit as this occupation is physically and mentally challenging. A personal care aide works in small group homes, client's homes, or in larger care communities. Most aides work full-time while some may only work part-time.