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CAREGIVER: How Would You Want Someone To Care For You?

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Ronnisha, a private caregiver, provides basic care for her clients. That includes preparing meals, doing errands, laundry, and in general light housekeeping. She tells us that the great thing about her job is that she gets to set her schedule and pick her clients, so she can choose a client that requires less work if that's what she wants. You need compassion in this field because if you don't have that it can be very difficult to put up with the hard things that happen.

Job Title: Caregiver

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
Confirm
$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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m='9070'>prepare</span> <span m='9980'>either</span> <span m='10230'>breakfast,</span> <span m='10790'>lunch,</span> <span m='11290'>depending</span> <span m='11690'>on</span> <span m='11790'>what</span> <span m='11950'>time</span> <span m='12180'>I</span> <span m='12250'>get</span> <span m='12490'>there.</span> <span m='12760'>Maybe</span> <span m='13010'>do</span> <span m='13140'>a</span> <span m='13220'>few</span> <span m='13490'>errands,</span> <span m='13960'>shopping.</span> <span m='14960'>Come</span> <span m='15170'>back,</span> <span m='15460'>clean</span> <span m='15820'>up,</span> <span m='16340'>maybe</span> <span m='16560'>do</span> <span m='16680'>some</span> <span m='16830'>laundry.</span> <span m='18330'>That's</span> <span m='18590'>pretty</span> <span m='18790'>much</span> <span m='19050'>it,</span> <span m='19510'>pretty</span> <span m='19810'>much</span> <span m='19990'>basic</span> <span m='20330'>care.</span> <span m='20790'>You</span> <span m='20900'>could</span> <span m='21050'>say,</span> <span m='21260'>sort</span> <span m='21460'>of,</span> <span m='21770'>light</span> <span m='21970'>housekeeping.</span> </p><p><span m='23260'>You</span> <span m='23400'>have</span> <span m='23550'>some</span> <span m='23740'>clients</span> <span m='24100'>that</span> <span m='24190'>need</span> <span m='24390'>a</span> <span m='24440'>lot</span> <span m='24640'>of</span> <span m='24720'>care.</span> <span m='25070'>You</span> <span m='25190'>have</span> <span m='25370'>some</span> <span m='25570'>clients</span> <span m='25970'>that</span> <span m='26410'>barely</span> <span m='26810'>needs</span> <span m='27090'>any</span> <span m='27180'>care</span> <span m='27560'>at</span> <span m='27630'>all,</span> <span m='27920'>and they</span> <span m='28110'>just</span> <span m='28490'>want</span> <span m='28700'>you</span> <span m='28840'>there</span> <span m='29080'>to</span> <span m='29670'>either</span> <span m='30060'>cook,</span> <span m='30500'>clean,</span> <span m='31060'>or</span> <span m='31780'>pass</span> <span m='32049'>me</span> <span m='32159'>a</span> <span m='32259'>pen,</span> <span m='32729'>make</span> <span m='32980'>me a</span> <span m='33030'>cup</span> <span m='33220'>of</span> <span m='33290'>coffee.</span> <span m='33790'>So</span> <span m='33990'>it</span> <span m='34070'>just all</span> <span m='34390'>depends</span> <span m='34720'>on</span> <span m='34810'>your</span> <span m='34910'>client.</span> <span m='35230'>But</span> <span m='35400'>the</span> <span m='35710'>great</span> <span m='35930'>thing</span> <span m='36050'>about</span> <span m='36270'>this</span> <span m='36450'>field</span> <span m='36650'>is</span> <span m='36730'>that</span> <span m='37070'>you're</span> <span m='37180'>capable</span> <span m='37670'>of</span> <span m='38170'>picking</span> <span m='38530'>and</span> <span m='38660'>choosing</span> <span m='39080'>what</span> <span m='39250'>you</span> <span m='39380'>want</span> <span m='39570'>to</span> <span m='39660'>do.</span> <span m='39880'>If</span> <span m='39990'>you</span> <span m='40100'>want</span> <span m='40270'>to</span> <span m='40350'>do</span> <span m='40860'>more</span> <span m='41170'>work,</span> <span m='41550'>then</span> <span m='41840'>you</span> <span m='41960'>would</span> <span m='42070'>go</span> <span m='42230'>to</span> <span m='42380'>a</span> <span m='42440'>client</span> <span m='42950'>that</span> <span m='43470'>produces</span> <span m='43830'>more</span> <span m='44020'>work.</span> <span m='44280'>If</span> <span m='44370'>you</span> <span m='44480'>want</span> <span m='44660'>less</span> <span m='44910'>work,</span> <span m='45200'>then</span> <span m='45280'>hey, you</span> <span m='45590'>find</span> <span m='45810'>a</span> <span m='45870'>client that</span> <span m='46250'>needs</span> <span m='46490'>less</span> <span m='46720'>work.</span> </p><p><span m='46980'>So</span> <span m='47450'>I</span> <span m='47510'>think</span> <span m='47660'>it's</span> <span m='47750'>a</span> <span m='47810'>big</span> <span m='48020'>advantage that</span> <span m='48460'>you're</span> <span m='48660'>capable</span> <span m='49150'>of</span> <span m='49690'>making</span> <span m='50130'>that</span> <span m='50330'>choice.</span> <span m='50750'>You</span> <span m='50940'>don't</span> <span m='51100'>have</span> <span m='51290'>to</span> <span m='52060'>do</span> <span m='52250'>a</span> <span m='52290'>set</span> <span m='52580'>schedule</span> <span m='53040'>every</span> <span m='53250'>day</span> <span m='53510'>and</span> <span m='53630'>do</span> <span m='53730'>the</span> <span m='53830'>same</span> <span m='54120'>thing</span> <span m='54360'>every</span> <span m='54550'>day.</span> <span m='54710'>You</span> <span m='54790'>have</span> <span m='54960'>options.</span> <span m='55480'>So</span> <span m='55810'>that's</span> <span m='56090'>a</span> <span m='56150'>great</span> <span m='56350'>thing</span> <span m='56490'>about</span> <span m='56720'>this</span> <span m='56930'>field.</span> </p><p><span m='57430'>Well,</span> <span m='57590'>my</span> <span m='57710'>career</span> <span m='58160'>was</span> <span m='58360'>nursing.</span> <span m='58940'>I</span> <span m='59160'>wanted</span> <span m='59470'>to</span> <span m='59560'>be</span> <span m='59690'>a</span> <span m='59740'>nurse.</span> <span m='60220'>I</span> <span m='60670'>wanted</span> <span m='60800'>to be</span> <span m='61130'>RN,</span> <span m='61360'>work</span> <span m='61550'>in</span> <span m='61620'>the</span> <span m='61680'>hospital,</span> <span m='62430'>and</span> <span m='62560'>go</span> <span m='62720'>crazy.</span> <span m='63680'>Then</span> <span m='63970'>I</span> <span m='64080'>went</span> <span m='64269'>to</span> <span m='64349'>the</span> <span m='64430'>hospital</span> <span m='64724'>and</span> <span m='65019'>realized</span> <span m='65440'>I</span> <span m='65530'>didn't</span> <span m='65830'>want</span> <span m='65990'>to</span> <span m='66050'>actually</span> <span m='66460'>be</span> <span m='66730'>a</span> <span m='66950'>full-time</span> <span m='67410'>nurse.</span> <span m='67740'>I</span> <span m='67910'>wanted</span> <span m='68200'>to</span> <span m='68300'>go</span> <span m='68570'>more</span> <span m='68900'>one</span> <span m='69210'>on one</span> <span m='69520'>and</span> <span m='69650'>more</span> <span m='69880'>personal.</span> <span m='70460'>So</span> <span m='71230'>I</span> <span m='71320'>would</span> <span m='71480'>say</span> <span m='71670'>if</span> <span m='71770'>you</span> <span m='71890'>want</span> <span m='72030'>to</span> <span m='72100'>do</span> <span m='72210'>something</span> <span m='72620'>more</span> <span m='72830'>personal,</span> <span m='73390'>private</span> <span m='73710'>care</span> <span m='73890'>would</span> <span m='74020'>be</span> <span m='74150'>the</span> <span m='74240'>route</span> <span m='74470'>to</span> <span m='74590'>go.</span> </p><p><span m='75000'>I</span> <span m='75190'>went</span> <span m='75360'>to</span> <span m='75430'>high</span> <span m='75590'>school.</span> <span m='75940'>And</span> <span m='76040'>then</span> <span m='76180'>I</span> <span m='76250'>just</span> <span m='76430'>took</span> <span m='76540'>the</span> <span m='76620'>basics</span> <span m='77020'>CNA</span> <span m='77400'>course.</span> <span m='77760'>I</span> <span m='77790'>don't</span> <span m='77950'>have</span> <span m='78150'>any</span> <span m='78720'>formal</span> <span m='79010'>college</span> <span m='79400'>education.</span> <span m='80090'>I</span> <span m='80130'>would</span> <span m='80320'>suggest</span> <span m='80730'>going</span> <span m='81090'>to</span> <span m='81210'>college</span> <span m='81680'>and</span> <span m='81810'>getting</span> <span m='82050'>that</span> <span m='82910'>more</span> <span m='83150'>formal</span> <span m='83490'>education.</span> <span m='84120'>But</span> <span m='84370'>I</span> <span m='84720'>took</span> <span m='84940'>a</span> <span m='85030'>basics</span> <span m='85400'>CNA</span> <span m='85760'>course.</span> <span m='86060'>It</span> <span m='86160'>took</span> <span m='86410'>me</span> <span m='86810'>about</span> <span m='87360'>three</span> <span m='87600'>months</span> <span m='88130'>during</span> <span m='88340'>the</span> <span m='88400'>CNA</span> <span m='88760'>course.</span> <span m='89040'>But</span> <span m='89440'>they</span> <span m='89530'>have</span> <span m='89670'>a</span> <span m='89710'>lot</span> <span m='89880'>of</span> <span m='89940'>programs</span> <span m='90400'>that</span> <span m='90540'>are</span> <span m='90700'>actually</span> <span m='91080'>20</span> <span m='91380'>days.</span> <span m='91820'>So</span> <span m='92480'>it</span> <span m='92740'>doesn't</span> <span m='93000'>really</span> <span m='93150'>take</span> <span m='93330'>that</span> <span m='93490'>long</span> <span m='93690'>to</span> <span m='93790'>become</span> <span m='94060'>a</span> <span m='94110'>CNA.</span> </p><p><span m='95240'>What</span> <span m='95360'>I</span> <span m='95625'>know about</span> <span m='95890'>this</span> <span m='95980'>career</span> <span m='96280'>now</span> <span m='96490'>is</span> <span m='96570'>that</span> <span m='97110'>there's</span> <span m='97320'>a</span> <span m='97370'>wide</span> <span m='97910'>variety</span> <span m='98540'>of</span> <span m='99290'>fields</span> <span m='99730'>that</span> <span m='99850'>you</span> <span m='99960'>can</span> <span m='100120'>go</span> <span m='100240'>in.</span> <span m='100525'>Nursing</span> <span m='100980'>is</span> <span m='101120'>not</span> <span m='101370'>just</span> <span m='101860'>the</span> <span m='101930'>hospital</span> <span m='104230'>or</span> <span m='104500'>working</span> <span m='104790'>through</span> <span m='105040'>an</span> <span m='105140'>agency.</span> <span m='105710'>There's</span> <span m='105950'>a</span> <span m='106020'>lot</span> <span m='106220'>of</span> <span m='106290'>different</span> <span m='106620'>ranges</span> <span m='107250'>to</span> <span m='107450'>being</span> <span m='107610'>a</span> <span m='107720'>nurse.</span> <span m='108060'>So</span> <span m='108440'>that's</span> <span m='108690'>something</span> <span m='108980'>that</span> <span m='109130'>I</span> <span m='109190'>didn't</span> <span m='109460'>know.</span> <span m='109750'>I</span> <span m='109820'>thought</span> <span m='110040'>it</span> <span m='110080'>was</span> <span m='110610'>strictly</span> <span m='110960'>hospital</span> <span m='111570'>or</span> <span m='111740'>strictly</span> <span m='112130'>working</span> <span m='112470'>through</span> <span m='112610'>an</span> <span m='112720'>agency.</span> <span m='113300'>So</span> <span m='113510'>it's</span> <span m='113660'>a</span> <span m='113710'>big</span> <span m='113890'>advantage.</span> <span m='114390'>And</span> <span m='114780'>you</span> <span m='114870'>can</span> <span m='115020'>actually</span> <span m='115250'>work</span> <span m='115460'>for</span> <span m='115580'>yourself,</span> <span m='116340'>so</span> <span m='116660'>that's</span> <span m='116900'>what</span> <span m='117020'>I</span> <span m='117070'>like</span> <span m='117250'>about</span> <span m='117470'>the</span> <span m='117590'>field.</span> </p><p><span m='118010'>The</span> <span m='118250'>advice</span> <span m='118640'>that</span> <span m='118800'>I</span> <span m='118840'>would</span> <span m='119060'>give</span> <span m='119310'>to</span> <span m='119460'>someone</span> <span m='119850'>going</span> <span m='120060'>in</span> <span m='120150'>this</span> <span m='120400'>field</span> <span m='120670'>is,</span> <span m='121360'>just</span> <span m='121610'>do</span> <span m='121780'>your</span> <span m='121900'>homework</span> <span m='122300'>and</span> <span m='122400'>do</span> <span m='122500'>your</span> <span m='122660'>research,</span> <span m='123070'>and</span> <span m='123160'>make</span> <span m='123310'>sure</span> <span m='123490'>it's</span> <span m='123600'>something</span> <span m='123900'>that</span> <span m='124050'>you're</span> <span m='124210'>really</span> <span m='124720'>compassionate</span> <span m='125310'>about.</span> <span m='125590'>Because</span> <span m='126100'>although</span> <span m='126560'>it's</span> <span m='126690'>a</span> <span m='126760'>very</span> <span m='127330'>easy</span> <span m='127670'>field</span> <span m='127930'>to</span> <span m='128020'>get</span> <span m='128210'>in,</span> <span m='128509'>and the</span> <span m='128590'>money's</span> <span m='129000'>very</span> <span m='129419'>good</span> <span m='129710'>at</span> <span m='129820'>times,</span> <span m='131350'>if</span> <span m='131510'>you</span> <span m='131620'>don't</span> <span m='131770'>have</span> <span m='131960'>the</span> <span m='132020'>heart</span> <span m='132270'>for it and</span> <span m='132750'>you're</span> <span m='132850'>not</span> <span m='133110'>really</span> <span m='133390'>into</span> <span m='133870'>it,</span> <span m='134040'>it's</span> <span m='134340'>not</span> <span m='134710'>going</span> <span m='134850'>to</span> <span m='134940'>really</span> <span m='135190'>be</span> <span m='135360'>for</span> <span m='135640'>you.</span> <span m='135820'>Because</span> <span m='136140'>it</span> <span m='136250'>can</span> <span m='136510'>be</span> <span m='136690'>very</span> <span m='136960'>challenging.</span> <span m='137690'>And</span> <span m='137810'>sometimes</span> <span m='138310'>it</span> <span m='138390'>can</span> <span m='138550'>be</span> <span m='139100'>depressing,</span> <span m='139980'>sad,</span> <span m='140510'>and</span> <span m='140630'>things</span> <span m='140870'>of</span> <span m='140960'>that</span> <span m='141190'>sort.</span> </p><p><span m='141460'>So</span> <span m='141620'>I</span> <span m='141700'>would</span> <span m='141860'>say,</span> <span m='142520'>do</span> <span m='142660'>your</span> <span m='142820'>homework,</span> <span m='143330'>do</span> <span m='143470'>your</span> <span m='143620'>research,</span> <span m='144100'>and</span> <span m='144190'>make</span> <span m='144370'>sure</span> <span m='144610'>that</span> <span m='145050'>this</span> <span m='145240'>is</span> <span m='145310'>something</span> <span m='145600'>that</span> <span m='145760'>you</span> <span m='145890'>would really</span> <span m='146270'>want</span> <span m='146440'>to</span> <span m='146490'>get</span> <span m='146680'>into.</span> <span m='147615'>And</span> <span m='147930'>another</span> <span m='148360'>big</span> <span m='148550'>thing</span> <span m='148770'>for</span> <span m='148920'>me</span> <span m='149140'>is</span> <span m='149720'>make</span> <span m='149990'>sure</span> <span m='150420'>that</span> <span m='150760'>you</span> <span m='150920'>take</span> <span m='151150'>care</span> <span m='151330'>of</span> <span m='151370'>the</span> <span m='151450'>people</span> <span m='151790'>as</span> <span m='151900'>if</span> <span m='152950'>it</span> <span m='153320'>was</span> <span m='153570'>you,</span> <span m='153910'>you</span> <span m='154040'>know?</span> <span m='154390'>How</span> <span m='154550'>would</span> <span m='154680'>you</span> <span m='154760'>want</span> <span m='154980'>someone</span> <span m='155270'>to</span> <span m='155380'>care</span> <span m='155600'>for</span> <span m='155780'>you,</span> <span m='156110'>or</span> <span m='156300'>care</span> <span m='156490'>for</span> <span m='156620'>your</span> <span m='156750'>mother</span> <span m='157180'>or your</span> <span m='157310'>grandmother?</span> <span m='158030'>Always</span> <span m='158430'>keep</span> <span m='158610'>that</span> <span m='158770'>in</span> <span m='158910'>mind.</span> <span m='159230'>Because</span> <span m='159450'>sometimes,</span> <span m='159860'>it</span> <span m='159950'>can</span> <span m='160210'>get</span> <span m='160330'>a</span> <span m='160390'>little</span> <span m='160590'>frustrating.</span> </p><p><span m='161210'>But</span> <span m='161350'>you</span> <span m='161450'>have</span> <span m='161580'>to</span> <span m='161650'>remember,</span> <span m='162470'>this</span> <span m='162660'>is</span> <span m='162780'>a</span> <span m='162850'>field</span> <span m='163070'>where</span> <span m='163190'>we're</span> <span m='163350'>helping</span> <span m='163740'>people.</span> <span m='164150'>So</span> <span m='164480'>that's</span> <span m='164770'>a</span> <span m='165090'>real</span> <span m='165400'>big</span> <span m='165710'>deal</span> <span m='165940'>for</span> <span m='166130'>me.</span> <span m='166750'>Make</span> <span m='167140'>sure</span> <span m='167750'>that</span> <span m='167970'>this</span> <span m='168200'>is</span> <span m='168300'>something</span> <span m='168670'>that</span> <span m='168830'>you</span> <span m='168990'>want</span> <span m='169170'>to</span> <span m='169250'>do,</span> <span m='169480'>and</span> <span m='169600'>don't</span> <span m='169840'>just</span> <span m='170060'>do</span> <span m='170220'>it</span> <span m='170310'>for</span> <span m='170430'>the</span> <span m='170530'>money.</span> <span m='170880'>Make</span> <span m='171040'>sure</span> <span m='171190'>your</span> <span m='171300'>heart's</span> <span m='171620'>in</span> <span m='171740'>it.</span> </p>","file":{"id":370914,"video_id":"3323976419001","name":"2214-Ronnisha-Caregiver","duration":173012,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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