Home Care Aide Salary
Women account for the majority of Home Care Aides in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $10.37 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by career length and the individual firm. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly one in four, and slightly less than a fifth earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Home Care Aide
A home care aide helps clients perform personal healthcare tasks, as well as provides assistance with housekeeping and other support-related duties. They generally provide care for patients who require assistance due to a medical condition, mental illness, or other issues that limits their mobility and ability to care for themselves. Tasks the home care aide may perform include preparing meals, assisting in feeding, recording temperatures, assisting with medication, and handling laundry, among many others. This job may be physically demanding depending on the individuals for whom they care; for example, home care aides may be responsible for lifting patients in and out of beds, wheelchairs, bathtubs, and toilets.Read More...
Home care aides frequently work in patients' homes, as well as escort patients to doctor's appointments and other functions outside the home. Often, these aides' work is overseen by a registered nurse (RN). A high school diploma or equivalent is generally required, as well as any licensing required by the state; licensing may require completion of an associate's degree or relevant training program, CPR certification, and first aid certification. Additionally, a valid driver's license with a good driving history is frequently needed as well.
Home Care Aide Tasks
- Check patients' pulse, temperature and respiration.
- Provide patients with help moving in and out of beds, baths, wheelchairs or automobiles, and with dressing and grooming.
- Maintain records of patient care, progress, or problems to report and discuss observations with supervisor or case manager.
- Change bed linens, wash and iron patients' laundry, and clean patients' quarters.
- Entertain, converse with, or read aloud to patients to keep them mentally healthy and alert.
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Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $22K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $22K on average. Home Care Aides see a median salary of $22K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $25K.