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HOME ATTENDANT: It's A Valuable Job, Not Everyone Can Do It

About this video 

Michael is a Home Attendant working for a disabled person. He shares what his responsibilities are in this job, how he found the position and what he's learned since getting into in-home health support service. It is rewarding to do things for people who can't do things for themselves.

Job Title: In-Home Attendant
Employer: Self-Employed

Job Summary: Personal Care Aides

Job Description

Home health and personal care aides help people who are disabled, chronically ill, or cognitively impaired. They also help older adults who may need assistance. They help with activities such as bathing and dressing, and they provide services such as light housekeeping. In some states, home health aides may be able to give a client medication or check the client's vital signs under the direction of a nurse or other healthcare practitioner.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Certification Requirement
Recommended by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC).

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$15,000 - $25,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
65 to 75 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Travel, Physically demanding, Home, Hospital / Clinic, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, People skills, Strength/stamina, Organizational skills, Patience, Verbal communication skills

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<span m='13190'>And</span> <span m='13710'>I</span> <span m='13790'>go</span> <span m='13990'>to</span> <span m='14160'>her</span> <span m='14370'>home.</span> <span m='15250'>And</span> <span m='15510'>I</span> <span m='15540'>help</span> <span m='15780'>her</span> <span m='15970'>do</span> <span m='16680'>various</span> <span m='17030'>things,</span> <span m='17760'>like</span> <span m='18220'>paperwork.</span> <span m='18950'>I</span> <span m='19030'>help</span> <span m='19290'>her</span> <span m='20370'>arrange her</span> <span m='20940'>furniture.</span> <span m='21500'>I</span> <span m='21590'>do</span> <span m='21850'>light</span> <span m='22160'>cleaning.</span> <span m='23060'>And</span> <span m='23670'>I</span> <span m='23740'>cook</span> <span m='24070'>for</span> <span m='24300'>her.</span> </p><p><span m='25300'>Basically</span> <span m='25800'>you're</span> <span m='25950'>providing</span> <span m='26750'>for</span> <span m='27400'>a</span> <span m='27480'>person</span> <span m='28040'>things</span> <span m='28320'>that</span> <span m='28440'>they</span> <span m='28580'>can't</span> <span m='28900'>do</span> <span m='29030'>for</span> <span m='29190'>themselves.</span> <span m='30150'>And</span> <span m='30510'>so</span> <span m='30630'>that's</span> <span m='30860'>very</span> <span m='31110'>rewarding.</span> <span m='32170'>And</span> <span m='33220'>it's</span> <span m='34040'>very</span> <span m='34220'>difficult</span> <span m='34770'>for</span> <span m='35080'>a</span> <span m='35130'>disabled</span> <span m='35570'>person to</span> <span m='35850'>find</span> <span m='36240'>somebody</span> <span m='36680'>that</span> <span m='36990'>is</span> <span m='37270'>reliable</span> <span m='38300'>and</span> <span m='38550'>trustworthy,</span> <span m='39580'>that</span> <span m='40010'>they</span> <span m='40170'>can</span> <span m='40660'>feel</span> <span m='41010'>comfortable</span> <span m='41470'>with</span> <span m='41730'>coming</span> <span m='42090'>into</span> <span m='42390'>their</span> <span m='42570'>home.</span> </p><p><span m='43800'>A</span> <span m='43880'>friend</span> <span m='44200'>of</span> <span m='44250'>mine,</span> <span m='45080'>his</span> <span m='45320'>girlfriend</span> <span m='46050'>was</span> <span m='46860'>doing</span> <span m='47390'>attendant</span> <span m='47780'>work</span> <span m='48060'>for</span> <span m='48340'>the</span> <span m='48580'>lady</span> <span m='48830'>that</span> <span m='48990'>I</span> <span m='49060'>work</span> <span m='49300'>for</span> <span m='49460'>now.</span> <span m='50210'>And</span> <span m='50680'>she</span> <span m='51010'>was</span> <span m='51470'>going</span> <span m='51720'>into</span> <span m='51870'>finals</span> <span m='52390'>time.</span> <span m='53120'>And</span> <span m='53430'>so</span> <span m='53720'>she</span> <span m='53930'>needed</span> <span m='54210'>somebody</span> <span m='54520'>to</span> <span m='54620'>fill</span> <span 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m='78420'>food</span> <span m='78670'>work,</span> <span m='79430'>you're</span> <span m='79770'>only</span> <span m='80010'>dealing</span> <span m='80320'>with</span> <span m='80460'>one</span> <span m='80740'>person</span> <span m='81120'>instead</span> <span m='81540'>of</span> <span m='81640'>a</span> <span m='81690'>whole</span> <span m='81920'>bunch</span> <span m='82190'>of</span> <span m='82300'>people</span> <span m='82580'>during</span> <span m='82780'>the</span> <span m='82870'>course</span> <span m='83240'>of</span> <span m='83320'>the</span> <span m='83400'>day.</span> <span m='84150'>And</span> <span m='85680'>you</span> <span m='85790'>get</span> <span m='85950'>to</span> <span m='86050'>know</span> <span m='86250'>somebody,</span> <span m='86680'>and</span> <span m='86770'>you</span> <span m='86860'>get</span> <span m='87020'>to</span> <span m='87090'>become</span> <span m='87420'>friends</span> <span m='87760'>with</span> <span m='87900'>them.</span> <span m='88110'>And</span> <span m='88455'>I'm</span> <span m='88730'>actually</span> <span m='89080'>considered</span> <span m='89540'>sort</span> <span m='89760'>of</span> <span m='89860'>a</span> <span m='89910'>part</span> <span m='90170'>of</span> <span m='90220'>the</span> <span m='90300'>family</span> <span m='90720'>now</span> <span m='91280'>after</span> <span m='91560'>all</span> <span m='91690'>these</span> <span m='91930'>years.</span> </p><p><span m='92220'>So</span> <span m='93310'>like</span> <span m='93500'>I</span> <span m='93530'>said,</span> <span m='93700'>it's</span> <span m='93860'>very</span> <span m='94080'>rewarding.</span> <span m='94720'>And</span> <span m='96800'>it's</span> <span m='96970'>a</span> <span m='97020'>valuable</span> <span m='97520'>thing</span> <span m='97840'>to</span> <span m='97970'>be</span> <span m='98150'>able</span> <span m='98430'>to</span> <span m='98550'>do.</span> <span m='98880'>And</span> <span m='100070'>not</span> <span m='100240'>everybody</span> <span m='101040'>can</span> <span m='101270'>do</span> <span m='101470'>it.</span> <span m='101720'>So</span> <span m='102700'>when</span> <span m='103330'>they</span> <span m='103470'>know</span> <span m='103760'>that</span> <span m='104390'>you</span> <span m='104600'>can</span> <span m='104750'>do</span> <span m='104890'>it</span> <span m='105070'>and that</span> <span m='105210'>you're</span> <span m='105360'>good</span> <span m='105610'>at</span> <span m='105790'>it,</span> <span m='106300'>then</span> <span m='106630'>you</span> <span m='106820'>become</span> <span m='107140'>a</span> <span m='107530'>valuable</span> <span m='108840'>asset.</span> </p><p><span m='109990'>What</span> <span m='110240'>I</span> <span m='110320'>know</span> <span m='110510'>now</span> <span m='110930'>that</span> <span m='111130'>I</span> <span m='111200'>didn't</span> <span m='111450'>know</span> <span m='111620'>when</span> <span m='111760'>I</span> <span m='111800'>first</span> <span m='112120'>started</span> <span m='113210'>was</span> <span m='114190'>how</span> <span m='114370'>good</span> <span m='114570'>it</span> <span m='114690'>would</span> <span m='114860'>feel</span> <span m='116080'>to</span> <span m='116300'>be</span> <span m='116510'>able</span> <span m='116860'>to</span> <span m='117430'>be</span> <span m='117620'>there</span> <span m='117860'>for</span> <span m='118100'>somebody</span> <span m='118560'>who</span> <span m='119010'>really</span> <span m='119370'>needs</span> <span m='119760'>you.</span> <span m='121440'>It's</span> <span m='121910'>a</span> <span m='121960'>very</span> <span m='122190'>satisfying</span> <span m='122930'>feeling</span> <span m='123670'>to</span> <span m='124550'>know</span> <span m='124860'>that</span> <span m='125090'>you're</span> <span m='125230'>needed</span> <span m='125800'>and</span> <span m='126020'>that</span> <span m='126200'>you're</span> <span m='126400'>able</span> <span 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