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5 Reasons You Should Become a Personal Caregiver in Missouri

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Do you enjoy helping others? Are you looking for a rewarding career that is in demand? These are just a few of the reasons why you might want to consider becoming a personal caregiver. 

Caregivers, also called personal care attendants (PCA), work in the homes of their clients helping them with their personal care. Personal care includes services like bathing, grooming, meal preparation, cleaning, and assistance with simple medical care like catheter hygiene. As a PCA you’ll perform work that helps your clients to live independently for longer. If this sounds like a job you’d be interested in, read on to learn five of the perks of working as a PCA.

1. Personal caregivers are in-demand

To start, personal caregivers, also called personal care attendants (PCA), are highly in demand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, from 2020 to 2030 employment of PCAs is expected to increase by 33%. This is much faster than the average occupation. If you work as a PCA, you will likely always be able to find a job. You’ll also likely be able to find a job in just about any town or city in the country. That type of job security is hard to beat.

2. No training or certifications are required 

Unlike many jobs, there is no formal training or certification required to become a PCA. This means you can start working quickly. The process of becoming a PCA is easy! All you need is to have a current TB shot, sign some paperwork, and show your ID. The easiest way to become a PCA is to work for a friend or family member who qualifies for home care. In order to become a caregiver in Missouri, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be authorized to work in the U.S. 
  • Have not been convicted of a felony
  • Some misdemeanors may disqualify you

3. You can get paid to take care of family member

Yes, you read that right! As a caregiver,  you can get paid to take care of a family member. Under the Missouri Consumer Directed Care program, if one of your family members qualifies for home care, you can get paid to help take care of them in their home. In fact, due to the intimate nature of home care work, it’s often preferable to employ a person the person knows well. 

There are a couple of exceptions for working as a PCA for a family member. Parents can’t be a PCA for their children. And children can’t be a PCA for their parents if they are their parent’s power of attorney. Otherwise, there are no restrictions on working for a family member as a caregiver.

4. The hours can be flexible

As a PCA the hours you work need to align with the needs of your client, but they can be flexible otherwise. Additionally, if you work as a PCA you’re allowed to work a second job as long as it doesn’t conflict with your PCA hours. And currently, at Integrity the starting pay is $15 per hour. 

5. You get to help people 

Finally, one of the best parts of working as a PCA is that you get to make people’s lives better. As a PCA you help people live independently in their own homes longer. It’s an incredibly rewarding career.