Personal care assistants, also known as caregivers or aides support people who are suffering from mental or physical disability with the running of their daily lives. This includes duties like:
Feeding, bathing and dressing patients who are unable to do so for themselves
Transporting charges to and from appointments
Performing house-keeping and facility maintenance, or organising skilled labour to do it
Keeping a record on changes and the stability of their health
Because there are no formal educational requirements to being a personal care assistant, they normally work under the guidance or mentorship of qualified nursing staff.
Skills and traits
Compassion, patience, understanding and a desire to help those in need are vital characteristics for personal care assistants to hold. They should also be physically and mentally fit, as they'll need to negotiate their patients' physical and psychological limitations.