Personal Care Assistants

What Personal Care Assistants Do and How They Help
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In addition to providing companion care, personal care assistants can help with the following:

They can't provide medical services, such as diabetes care, but can help administer prescribed medications and -- if they have the proper training -- can help move those with mobility limitations.

How they help

Many caregivers enlist personal care assistants to solve problems in their home care situations, such as a small woman hiring a strong aide who can help move a spouse from bed to a chair, or a son concerned about privacy hiring a woman to bathe his mother. The added assistance often enables a person to remain at home rather than move to a facility. And for caregivers, hiring this help can provide peace of mind, especially if the personal care assistant provides regular services and so is familiar to the person receiving care.

What they cost

Costs range from $10 to $40 per hour for intermittent help; $120 to $200 per day or more for live-in care.

SEE ALSO: Find In-Home Care Help Near You

How to get started

Use Caring.com's Senior Living Directory to search for in-home care agencies, most of which provide personal care assistants, by city or zip code -- and to see ratings and reviews.


10 months ago, said...

Caregiver for Seniors Will provide excellent, loving, attentive care & companionship to Senior(s)! Experienced in all aspects of geriatric care, including food preparation, bathing, toileting, eating, dressing, grooming, walking, or helping out of bed or chair, as well as giving meds. I am also experienced in "end of life care". I'm a great listener/conversationalist, willing to read out loud, write letters, play cards, games, recite poetry or play music (piano & organ) for and with Senior(s). I can also provide light housekeeping such as vacuuming, doing dishes, laundry, changing beds, dusting, etc. I'm a good cook, have a fun-loving personality, lots of patience, & a great sense of humor! I can easy do shopping, meal planning, run errands or take you to your appointment. I love my work and will treat you like family!


over 1 year ago, said...

I had no idea that they did so many things to help. I think it's amazing that they put so much thought into the kind of work they do, and make sure that they are helping people as much as they can. it would be nice to know that that much care is being given to those in need of it for sure.


over 1 year ago, said...

We provide Home Care, Home Health Care, Mental Health, and Behavior Health aides. Please visit our site http://www.premiercarestaffing.com/ Any and all questions can be sent through the site or left in the comments below


over 1 year ago, said...

http://www.premiercarestaffing.com/


over 1 year ago, said...

We'd like to pay my sister, and our mother agrees, for the care she provides our mother. The funds would come from my mother's trust fund. My sister is the executor. Where can we find out what legal forms (taxes, etc.) my sister would need to file?


about 2 years ago, said...

are the employers of in-home care workers suppose to withhold taxes and are they suppose to withhold unemployment taxes also or provide a 1099


about 2 years ago, said...

expect soon to need in-home personal care. Nice to get this information, including the "how to get started" section. Thanks.


over 2 years ago, said...

Great post. Caregivers are so valuable to families who need help taking care of their aging loved ones. The peace of mind alone is important, however, caregivers also do an incredible job of simply being their for the client. They can help with everything from cooking, to cleaning, laundry, even bathing.


over 2 years ago, said...

Dad's coming home in about 30 days. He just had a tennis ball sized tumor removed from his stomach. It was benign, but they spotted a small growth on each kidney. Whew! I hadn't seen my dad in over 20 years. I wasn't expecting any of this, but when I saw him and his living conditions I knew I was coming back from Boston to stay. To stay and take care of my dad. Thanks for the info. Things are falling into place. One day at a time, right? Keep the faith. Wolf 14 Words


over 2 years ago, said...

yes! this is good for me as i struggle with grooming. especially the toileting and bathing part. i would also require someone to shave me as my hair grows rapidly even though i am old. i would prefer a tall dark latino middle aged man to assist me with this


about 3 years ago, said...

Will medicare pay for A personal care assistant, I am alone all the time and need help with many household tasks due to cronic illnesses


over 3 years ago, said...

I am a personal caregiver but I am married to a veteran. I work in the homes and a living center. Am I eligible for the same help as any other veteran spouse? I would love to just be at one persons home and not 2 or more. Please help


over 3 years ago, said...

i'm looking for people who do in home care


about 4 years ago, said...

Hourly sarley for home health who is wheelcar boundl


over 4 years ago, said...

My parents have a wonderful neighbor that helps them almost every day with shopping, visiting and all around moral and emotional support, he is on call all day and comes at a moment's notice. He has installed railings/bars for safety in the home/ helped daddy recover from minor fall when mom couldn't help him up, takes them out to eat. He works 14 hour shifts on weekends, so he is not available then. How can we have VA or Medicare pay him for all his help?


over 4 years ago, said...

I have found that the special clothing for the person receiving care that makes it more comfortable for them and easier for the caregiver to give personal care is available at 'www.weavestitch.etsy.com.' It works for my caregiving and the wearer loves them.--grandma


almost 5 years ago, said...

Having someone come to the home for regular help can turn into a companion I could leave my loved one with so I can get out for a break with a friend or to do personal shopping.


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