PCAs, or Personal Care Assistants, play a valuable role in the lives and well-being of aging or ill individuals. By accompanying these people through daily tasks in their home, the PCA is able to help the aging or ill individual maintain dignity and independence for longer than would have otherwise been possible. Being a PCA is a challenging career and there are many unique situations that place special demands on the personality, character, and work abilities of the PCA. Although being a PCA is rewarding, it is also demanding and there are several things PCAs need to know in order to succeed in the field. Here are the top dos and don’ts for PCAs all across the country.
Things You Should Do as a PCAIn addition to being competent in certain aspects of the health care field, being a PCA also requires a certain type of personality and demeanor. Here are the top “dos” for people who want to be or already are PCAs:
Treat Patients with Respect
Encourage the Patient’s Independence
Be a Support System
Strive to Continue Training
The Don’ts of Being a PCAJust like there are many things you should do as a PCA, there are also many things you should not do. These include the following:
Break Client Confidentiality