The Geriatric Personal Care Aide

The Geriatric Personal Care Aide’s Role in Eldercare

People are asking, “What is the personal care aides job?”

Personal Care Aides are the the most important eyes in any care giving scenario.

The vital role and responsibilities of the personal care aide are exhaustively documented in the online e-text that is the basis of the Personal Care Aide Certification program found at  It is focused on at home care, nursing home or long term care facility. Information is explained from the viewpoint of the personal care aide because they have the on-going daily contact with patients- they effectively act as “the eyes” of the health professional team. As the “eyes” of the team, they should  always be looking for physical, emotional and cognitive changes and report them accurately.

What does a personal care aide do?

Among many other ADL responsibilities, Personal Care Aides look for skin breakdown, beginning of pressure sores and changes in vital signs, appetite, sleep patterns and activity level. Emotional and cognitive change, as well as, sudden onset of confusion is also on their radar. As any of these changes can indicate a significant health problem or a poor response to a newly prescribed medication, personal care aides need to know each Patient well. The team depends on their ability to observe these changes and to report them.

Where do I get information about becoming a Personal Care Aide?

The e-Text provided by CertifiedCare provides the opportunity individuals to get education and certification and for agencies to get training assistance.  The course gives  personal care aides caregiving examples sharing specific details on the importance of their role and what changes they must observe as they provide daily care. Topics include Personal Care Aide’s role, observing change, documenting and reporting change.  this program is suitable for staff  in home health orientation, primary family caregivers, and Personal Care Aide or Home Health Aide education and training programs Agencies,long term care or assisted living environments.


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