A Personal Care Assistant is someone who helps with daily routines for individuals who have a chronic illness or injuries. Daily living activities include personal hygiene, dressing, showering, grooming and even eating.
Personal Care Assistants are a little more involved when it comes to a day-to-day routine. Typically helping with non-medical-related issues, like reminding them to take their medicine to bedridden care, assisting with showers and so-forth.
Personal Care Assistants are more trained professionals in the fields. They all go through a form of continuous training to keep up to date on the latest methodologies on patient safety handling, lifting, etc.
Some duties of a PCA include:
- Medical reminders
- Assisting with doctors appointments
- Incontinence care
- Bedridden care
- Assistance with showers
- Basic personal care like help with dressing, cooking and daily activities.
- Help with medication reminders that are usually self-administered when ordered by a doctor.
- Household services essential to a person’s good health and comfort, such as changing bed linens.
- Light housekeeping and laundry
- Preparation of a shopping list, grocery shopping and meal preparation.
- Other neighborhood errands including going to medical appointments or taking short walks.
- Companionship and socializing with friends and relatives.
- Assistance transferring
- And many more specified by family members.