personal care assistant?

what does a personal care assistant actaully do, at a nursing home?
i ask because i am applying for either food services at a nursing home or as a personal care assistant and am wondering what jobs i would do?

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2 Responses to personal care assistant?

  1. Dave's not here says:

    Perform health care related tasks, such as monitoring vital signs and medication, under the direction of registered nurses and physiotherapists.
    Administer bedside and personal care, such as ambulation and personal hygiene assistance.
    Prepare and maintain records of client progress and services performed, reporting changes in client condition to manager or supervisor.
    Perform housekeeping duties, such as cooking, cleaning, washing clothes and dishes, and running errands.
    Care for individuals and families during periods of incapacitation, family disruption or convalescence, providing companionship, personal care and help in adjusting to new lifestyles.
    Instruct and advise clients on issues such as household cleanliness, utilities, hygiene, nutrition and infant care.
    Plan, shop for, and prepare nutritious meals, or assist families in planning, shopping for, and preparing nutritious meals.
    Participate in case reviews, consulting with the team caring for the client, to evaluate the client’s needs and plan for continuing services.
    Transport clients to locations outside the home, such as to physicians’ offices or on outings, using a motor vehicle.
    Train family members to provide bedside care.

  2. clelia m says:

    there are 3 types of care homes nursing, residential and EMI (elderly mentaly inferm) i work in a residential home and we serve meals, change incontinance pads, bath, wash, dress,entertain, comfort, hand out ,medication, give insulin (diabetics) and just look after the general welfare of the sevice users. in a nursing home there will be opotunities for you to learn how to fit cathiters,feed service users and all the above. your best bet would be to apply for the food services if you have no experience in care. not anything personal but nursing is much more stressfull than residential i come from a long line of carers and nurses and know its not easy. if you do decide to go for it good luck to you. its a very rewarding job. 8am to 8pm shifts are the norm so be prepared to loose social life and sleep!!
    good luck