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As a Personal Care Assistant (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
- 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 assistants do not support the delivery of health care.
What training 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.