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What the work is like

 
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A personal care or respite worker will assist with general caregiving responsibilities. Depending on the needs of the individual or family, a personal care or respite worker may provide support at home or in the community.  Physical tasks and/or guidance in activities of daily living may include, but are not limited to:

  • Bathing, dressing, eating, oral hygiene, skin/nail/hair care, toileting
  • Transferring in and out of a wheelchair or bed
  • Meal planning, preparation, and clean up
  • Housekeeping and laundry
  • Exercising or range of motion activities
  • Assistance with medications, money management, or teaching opportunities
  • Supporting the person in leisure or recreational activities
  • Driving the person to run errands, go shopping, or to work or activities

People providing this type of support need to be comfortable with the level of intimacy needed to provide these services.  

People who need support around issues of judgment, remembering to do certain things, or who need to copy the actions of another require a different kind of support. In this situation, the personal care or respite worker may remind the person to take medications or bathe, help arrange social activities, assist with
paperwork, or make phone calls.

Subscribers to the Kansas Personal Care Directory are usually individuals and families. The biggest difference between working as a personal care or respite worker for an agency and working directly for an individual is that when you work for an individual, that person is your employer.

When you work directly for an individual, that person (or his/her family) will set the terms of your employment, including your responsibilities, hours of work, and your pay.  You, of course, will reach agreement on these important matters before you start work.

In all cases, the personal care or respite worker should have a good understanding of what needs to be done, and should provide this service in a gentle and respectful manner.

To complete an application for a job as a personal care or respite worker, click here.

Visit the Kansas Job listing page to view jobs posted by Kansas families and provider agencies.

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