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Personal Care Assistant

Assist people of any age, from children to the elderly, that need support due to sickness, injuries or disabilities.

What's it like to be a Personal Care Assistant?

A Personal Care Assistant provides support by assisting with day-to-day tasks in their client’s home or in a care facility. These tasks include assisting with bathing, grooming, dressing, feeding as well as taking clients to appointments. They may also need to assist with some basic duties around the home such as cleaning or tidying.

Personal Care Assistant

Tasks and duties

  • Assisting with bathing, grooming and dressing.
  • Administering medication and monitoring medical conditions.
  • Tidying and cleaning, including sanitising activities.
  • Providing social support, such as taking clients to appointments or accompanying clients on outings to cafes or shops.
  • Maintaining reports and providing updates to other medical professionals.
  • Assisting with light physiotherapy exercises and mobility.
  • Following health and safety guidelines.
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Some Personal Care Assistants may assist with taking medications or supporting a client to complete rehabilitation exercises. Personal Care Assistants usually work independently with clients and may monitor, record and report details on a client’s condition to other medical professionals such as Registered Nurses.

What can I earn as a Personal Care Assistant?

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How to become a Personal Care Assistant


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To become a Personal Care Assistant, employers will generally require you to complete a qualification in individual support or undertake a traineeship.

  1. Complete a Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015). Some qualifications may allow you to choose a specialisation in Ageing, Home and Community or Disability. These specialisations may be preferred if you want to specialised care and support.
  2. Complete a traineeship under the instruction of a Senior Personal Care Assistant or Registered Nurse.
  3. Consider gaining a first aid certificate to enable you to administer basic first aid in emergency situations.
  4. To get experience in the industry and to boost your resume, you can also volunteer with Seniors and Aged Care or Disability Services.

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Certificate III in Individual Support

This certificate gives you the skills to provide person-centred support to people who require assistance due to ageing or disability.
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Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)

This certificate will provide you with the specialist skills and knowledge to deliver support to people living with a disability.

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Working hours for Personal Care Assistants
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Latest Personal Care Assistant reviews

Latest reviews from 68 Personal Care Assistants surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
Personal Carer jobs are rewarding but at the same time unappreciated.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Nursing
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Dementia Unit
The good things
Being a Personal Care Assistant is a fulfilling work. It gives you the ability to be compassionate, patient and understanding because you have to deal with one of the most vulnerable members of our so...
The challenges
The challenging part of being a Personal Carer is when your organisation is a greedy heartless monster. They wouldn’t care for the elderly, all they will do is try to earn more and care less. They wil...
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May 2021
Being a personal care assistant is a challenging career and there are many unique situations that place special demands on the personality, character, and work abilities of the job. Although being a personal carer assistant is a rewarding job.
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Low care and high care
The good things
Good Things working as a Personal Care Worker. Taking care of older people in the aged care services industry may be one of the most demanding and challenging jobs within the health care sector. It a...
The challenges
Having a long patience while taking care of people with dementia and you have to understand them because sometimes they have different moods and swings.
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