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HOME ATTENDANT, IN-DEPTH: It's Pleasing To Know You Can Make A Difference In Somebody's Life

About this video 

Michael, a Home Attendant for a disabled person, shares what he likes most about his job, its challenges, his key decision, how hard it is to find work in his field and his work-life balance. Being reliable and dependable is important in this line of work along with finding a balance between the personal relationship and the working relationship between you and the person who has hired you.

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, Indoor, Hospital / Clinic, Home, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Patience, Verbal communication skills, Strength/stamina, People skills, Organizational skills

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m='15620'>very</span> <span m='15790'>satisfying</span> <span m='16510'>work.</span> </p><p><span m='19540'>It's</span> <span m='19760'>very</span> <span m='19950'>pleasing</span> <span m='20480'>to</span> <span m='20860'>know</span> <span m='21340'>that</span> <span m='21550'>you</span> <span m='21670'>can</span> <span m='21810'>make</span> <span m='22000'>a</span> <span m='22050'>difference</span> <span m='22460'>in</span> <span m='22560'>somebody's</span> <span m='23040'>life</span> <span m='23430'>and that</span> <span m='24500'>they</span> <span m='24620'>can</span> <span m='24760'>rely</span> <span m='25100'>upon</span> <span m='25430'>you</span> <span m='25810'>and</span> <span m='25920'>that</span> <span m='26020'>you</span> <span m='26140'>can</span> <span m='26260'>be</span> <span m='26400'>relied</span> <span m='26770'>upon.</span> <span m='27440'>That's</span> <span m='27630'>a</span> <span m='27680'>very</span> <span m='27920'>important</span> <span m='28410'>thing</span> <span m='28660'>and</span> <span m='29000'>it's</span> <span m='29220'>a</span> <span m='29270'>trait</span> <span m='29550'>that</span> <span m='30160'>I</span> <span m='30240'>really</span> <span m='30500'>recommend</span> <span m='31020'>that</span> <span m='31510'>young</span> <span m='31720'>people</span> <span m='32049'>develop.</span> <span m='33440'>The</span> <span m='33520'>most</span> <span m='33720'>challenging</span> <span m='34170'>thing</span> <span m='34550'>is</span> <span m='35800'>being</span> <span m='36150'>reliable.</span> <span m='37630'>You</span> <span m='37740'>have</span> <span m='37930'>to</span> <span m='38020'>take</span> <span m='38220'>care</span> <span m='38440'>of</span> <span m='38500'>yourself.</span> <span m='38880'>You</span> <span m='38970'>can't</span> <span m='39220'>let</span> <span m='39420'>yourself</span> <span m='39760'>get</span> <span m='40000'>sick</span> <span m='40420'>and</span> <span m='41720'>you</span> <span m='41780'>have</span> <span m='41920'>to</span> <span m='42040'>really</span> <span m='42770'>budget</span> <span m='43100'>your</span> <span m='43230'>time</span> <span m='43550'>in</span> <span m='43650'>such</span> <span m='43930'>a</span> <span m='43990'>way</span> <span m='44490'>that</span> <span m='44840'>you</span> <span m='45380'>don't</span> <span m='45720'>stand</span> <span m='46160'>up</span> <span m='46360'>the</span> <span m='46440'>person</span> <span m='46750'>that</span> <span m='46900'>you're</span> <span m='47010'>working</span> <span m='47360'>for.</span> </p><p><span m='47910'>You</span> <span m='48330'>can't</span> <span m='48620'>very</span> <span m='48800'>well</span> <span m='49050'>go,</span> <span m='49790'>I</span> <span m='49920'>don't</span> <span m='50070'>really</span> <span m='50280'>feel</span> <span m='50520'>like</span> <span m='50680'>going</span> <span m='50940'>to</span> <span m='51010'>work</span> <span m='51240'>today.</span> <span m='51640'>Or</span> <span m='51840'>I'm</span> <span m='52600'>not</span> <span m='52820'>going</span> <span m='52930'>to</span> <span m='52980'>go</span> <span m='53290'>in.</span> <span m='53690'>You</span> <span m='54140'>really</span> <span m='54390'>do</span> <span m='54570'>have</span> <span m='54890'>to</span> <span m='55150'>because</span> <span m='55530'>they</span> <span m='55650'>have</span> <span m='55830'>a</span> <span m='55870'>hard</span> <span m='56110'>time</span> <span m='56370'>finding</span> <span m='56740'>somebody</span> <span m='57090'>to</span> <span m='57240'>replace</span> <span m='57680'>you at</span> <span m='57900'>the</span> <span m='58000'>last</span> <span m='58310'>minute.</span> <span m='58940'>So</span> <span m='59490'>probably</span> <span m='59740'>one</span> <span m='59910'>of</span> <span m='59950'>the</span> <span m='60010'>most</span> <span m='60260'>challenging</span> <span m='60720'>things</span> <span m='61160'>is</span> <span m='63020'>being</span> <span m='63700'>dependable</span> <span m='64370'>and</span> <span m='64450'>reliable.</span> </p><p><span m='66780'>And</span> <span m='66890'>also</span> <span m='67820'>keeping</span> <span m='68210'>to your</span> <span m='68470'>place.</span> <span m='69440'>Not</span> <span m='69640'>making</span> <span m='70320'>remarks</span> <span m='70990'>or</span> <span m='71520'>comments</span> <span m='72260'>that</span> <span m='72570'>might</span> <span m='72910'>be</span> <span m='73070'>untoward.</span> <span m='75030'>You</span> <span m='75290'>have</span> <span m='75550'>to</span> <span m='75830'>know</span> <span m='76000'>the boundaries,</span> <span m='76290'>and</span> <span m='76840'>know</span> <span m='77000'>your</span> <span m='77190'>place</span> <span m='77610'>and</span> <span m='77750'>say,</span> <span m='78130'>all</span> <span m='78210'>right</span> <span m='78380'>this</span> <span m='78560'>is</span> <span m='78640'>something</span> <span m='79000'>I</span> <span m='79040'>should</span> <span m='79240'>not</span> <span m='79450'>comment</span> <span m='79970'>on.</span> </p><p><span m='82160'>So</span> <span m='82320'>pretty</span> <span m='82560'>much</span> <span m='82820'>you</span> <span m='83560'>have</span> <span m='83670'>to</span> <span m='83770'>be</span> <span m='83880'>respectful</span> <span m='84580'>to</span> <span m='84700'>the</span> <span m='84790'>person</span> <span m='85670'>that</span> <span m='85790'>you're</span> <span m='85900'>working</span> <span m='86220'>with.</span> <span m='86410'>You</span> <span m='86540'>are</span> <span m='86740'>in</span> <span m='86850'>their</span> <span m='86950'>home.</span> <span m='87810'>And</span> <span m='88370'>to a</span> <span m='88570'>degree,</span> <span m='89370'>you're</span> <span m='89550'>their</span> <span m='89740'>guest.</span> <span m='90300'>But</span> <span m='91010'>you're</span> <span m='91120'>also</span> <span m='91390'>there</span> <span m='91670'>to</span> <span m='91810'>work</span> <span m='92190'>so</span> <span m='92720'>it's</span> <span m='93300'>striking</span> <span m='93790'>a</span> <span m='93830'>balance</span> <span m='94210'>between</span> <span m='95090'>the</span> <span m='95310'>personal</span> <span m='95690'>relationship</span> <span m='96670'>and</span> <span m='96930'>the</span> <span m='97010'>working</span> <span m='97380'>relationship.</span> </p><p><span m='98470'>The key</span> <span m='98690'>decision</span> <span m='99140'>I</span> <span m='99220'>think</span> <span m='99970'>that</span> <span m='100350'>I</span> <span m='100560'>made</span> <span m='101060'>was</span> <span m='102110'>that</span> <span m='102270'>I</span> <span m='102350'>would</span> <span m='102500'>stick</span> <span m='102810'>with</span> <span m='102980'>it.</span> <span m='103710'>That</span> <span m='103860'>I</span> <span m='103920'>wouldn't</span> <span m='105060'>do</span> <span m='105270'>it</span> <span m='105430'>until</span> <span m='105980'>something</span> <span m='106370'>better</span> <span m='106650'>came</span> <span m='106920'>along.</span> <span m='107390'>That</span> <span m='107690'>this</span> <span m='107870'>was</span> <span m='107990'>something</span> <span m='108310'>that</span> <span m='108470'>I</span> <span m='108510'>wanted</span> <span m='108890'>to</span> <span m='108980'>do</span> <span m='109940'>long</span> <span m='110270'>term</span> <span m='111320'>for</span> <span m='111630'>a</span> <span m='111670'>number</span> <span m='111980'>of</span> <span m='112100'>years.</span> </p><p><span m='112510'>In</span> <span m='112740'>Berkeley</span> <span m='113740'>there</span> <span m='114450'>is</span> <span m='114630'>a</span> <span m='114700'>very</span> <span m='115050'>large</span> <span m='115640'>disabled</span> <span m='116060'>community.</span> <span m='116960'>And</span> <span m='117140'>I</span> <span m='117210'>think</span> <span m='118530'>overall,</span> <span m='119160'>in</span> <span m='119320'>a</span> <span m='119380'>lot</span> <span m='119600'>of</span> <span m='119700'>college</span> <span m='120130'>towns,</span> <span m='120990'>you'll</span> <span m='121180'>find</span> <span m='121580'>that</span> <span m='121740'>there</span> <span m='122110'>are</span> <span m='122450'>increasing</span> <span m='124020'>population</span> <span m='124650'>of</span> <span m='124760'>disabled</span> <span m='125240'>people.</span> <span m='126120'>And</span> <span m='126540'>so</span> <span m='127690'>a</span> <span m='127890'>lot</span> <span m='128090'>of</span> <span m='128160'>folks</span> <span m='128430'>that</span> <span m='128550'>would</span> <span m='128699'>have</span> <span m='128759'>been</span> <span m='128930'>shut</span> <span m='129289'>in</span> <span m='129770'>or</span> <span m='130190'>stay</span> <span m='130530'>at</span> <span m='130639'>home</span> <span m='132350'>a</span> <span m='132440'>few</span> <span m='132670'>years</span> <span m='133000'>ago</span> <span m='133310'>are</span> <span m='133430'>now</span> <span m='133690'>out and</span> <span m='134020'>about</span> <span m='134350'>and</span> <span m='135240'>being</span> <span m='135550'>able</span> <span m='135810'>to</span> <span m='136220'>live</span> <span m='136680'>a</span> <span m='136720'>relatively</span> <span m='137280'>normal</span> <span m='137680'>life.</span> <span m='138380'>So</span> <span m='139330'>I</span> <span m='139440'>think</span> <span m='139680'>that</span> <span m='139800'>there</span> <span m='139970'>are</span> <span m='140120'>there</span> <span m='140370'>are</span> <span m='140520'>probably</span> <span m='141030'>a</span> <span m='141100'>lot</span> <span m='141530'>more</span> <span m='141780'>positions</span> <span m='142430'>available</span> <span m='142970'>than</span> <span m='143450'>are</span> <span m='143660'>being</span> <span m='144120'>filled</span> <span m='144460'>so</span> <span m='144940'>that's</span> <span m='145180'>definitely</span> <span m='145660'>a</span> <span m='145740'>positive</span> <span m='146290'>thing.</span> </p><p><span m='146810'>I</span> <span m='147000'>only</span> <span m='147180'>do</span> <span m='147340'>a</span> <span m='147410'>couple</span> <span m='147670'>of</span> <span m='147770'>hours</span> <span m='148280'>in</span> <span m='148730'>the</span> <span m='148900'>evening</span> <span m='150040'>as</span> <span m='150290'>an</span> <span m='150380'>attendant.</span> <span m='151280'>So</span> <span m='152110'>I</span> <span m='152250'>get</span> <span m='152470'>done</span> <span m='152650'>around</span> <span m='152930'>seven</span> <span m='153210'>o'clock</span> <span m='153760'>and</span> <span m='153970'>that</span> <span m='154190'>gives</span> <span m='154450'>me</span> <span m='154590'>time</span> <span m='154930'>to</span> <span m='155030'>go</span> <span m='155190'>home</span> <span m='155500'>and</span> <span m='155590'>unwind.</span> <span m='158080'>I</span> <span m='158200'>start</span> <span m='158560'>at</span> <span m='158700'>five</span> <span m='159160'>so</span> <span m='160210'>I</span> <span m='160430'>have</span> <span m='161050'>time</span> <span m='161440'>during</span> <span m='161700'>the</span> <span m='161800'>day</span> <span m='162040'>to</span> <span m='162160'>take</span> <span m='162380'>care</span> <span m='162650'>of</span> <span m='162730'>other</span> <span m='162960'>things.</span> <span m='163550'>So as</span> <span m='163840'>far</span> <span m='164080'>as</span> <span m='164190'>this</span> <span m='164540'>job</span> <span m='164880'>is</span> <span m='165010'>concerned,</span> <span m='167000'>my</span> <span m='167180'>work</span> <span m='167550'>to</span> <span m='167730'>life</span> <span m='168060'>ratio</span> <span m='168860'>is</span> <span m='169070'>pretty</span> <span m='169320'>good.</span> 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