What Can I Expect to Do as a PCA?

Personal Care Assistants work in many places and aren’t limited to a hospital setting. If you want to be a PCA, expect to work in nursing homes, daycare centers, or inpatient personal homes. Working in a healthcare setting can sometimes be stressful, but many PCAs have the flexibility to choose where they would like to work.

Personal Care Assistant Medical Skills

PCAs are in the voice of their patient. They are in charge of patients who cannot help themselves, so PCAs must know the needs of their patients. Some personal care assistant medical skills include:

  • First aid certification
  • Housekeeping
  • Patience
  • Experience in healthcare at home
  • Care for others
  • Mobility Assistance

What to Expect from PCA Jobs 

All PCA jobs include the well-being and care of another individual. Many patients will need assistance in daily hygiene and daily tasks. While the job may seem demanding, seeing your patient happy makes it all worthwhile. PCAs should expect to do the following tasks:

  • Administer medications
  • Housekeeping
  • Change clothing/assist in bathing
  • Prepare meals
  • Help patients use the bathroom
  • Running errands

Choosing to become a Personal Care Assistant is rewarding. Your patient relies on your assistance to live a happy life. Many PCAs feel a sense of accomplishment when handling different patients—starting as a PCA is a great way to enter healthcare. A PCA position could be an initial start if you wish to pursue a diverse career. 

For more resources on PCAs, visit our website at CynaMed

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