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Personal Care Aide (PCA)

Begin your caring career as a Personal Care Aide and assist individuals to remain as independent as possible.

Personal Care Aide (PCA)

Begin your caring career as a Personal Care Aide and assist individuals to remain as independent as possible.

Put your Caring Gene® to work today.

As a Personal Care Aide (PCA), you are on the front lines of care—working in clients’ homes to assist them with day-to-day activities ranging from nutrition and environment support to working in an assisted living facility under the direction of a registered nurse. As a PCA, your duties may include:

  • House cleaning
  • Shopping
  • Laundry
  • Meal preparation
  • Assisting the client with bathing, dressing and grooming
  • Medication assistance
  • Document observations, activities and care

Unlike home health aides and certified nurse assistants, personal care aides do not support the delivery of health care.

What is required to become a PCA?

PCAs are trained by employers and are added to the New York Home Care Registry once training is completed. A criminal history background check is also required.

Depending on your employer and the region of New York in which you work, you can expect a competitive starting salary, which may include benefits such as paid time off, medical and dental coverage, and a 401(k).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, requirements for PCA training and certification may be revised by government authorities. The information on this page reflects the current known requirements for training and certification at this time.

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