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Direct Care Provider

Direct care providers are individuals who care for of all ages who have impairments or a chronic sickness and need their assistance. Direct-care workers provide an estimated 70 to 80 percent of the paid hands-on care and personal assistance received by US people. These workers help their clients bathe, dress, and negotiate a host of other daily tasks. They are a lifeline for those they serve, as well as for families and friends struggling to provide quality care.
Direct-care providers fall into three main categories:
  • Nursing Assistants
  • Home Health Aides
  • Personal Care Aides
Some of these jobs require special training. Others do not. It depends on many things about the job itself, such as the type of work done, where the work is done, and who is receiving the care. Read the descriptions below to learn more about each job. But remember: each job is different.
Nursing Assistants: Nursing Aides generally work in nursing homes, although some work in assisted living facilities, other community-based settings, or hospitals. They assist residents with activities of daily living such as eating, bathing, dressing and toileting. They also perform clinical tasks such as range-of motion exercises and blood pressure readings.
Home Health Aides: Home Health Aides provide essentially the same care and services as nursing, but they assist people in their homes or in community settings under the supervision of a nurse or therapist. They can also carry out housekeeping tasks such as preparing food or changing linens.
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