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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.

Learn More on Training Requirements

 

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Compare the PCA Role to Other Caregiver Roles

There are both similarities and differences among CNA, HHA and PCA roles. See the comparison chart to understand better how these positions differ.

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