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Direct care workers are people who care for individuals of all ages who have disabilities or a chronic illness and need their assistance. There are many names for direct care workers. . 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.
* The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there will be a 41% increase in-home care and personal care jobs
*56% increase in demand for home health aides in the next 10 years.
*Direct Care workers provide essential services ranging from help with bathing and dressing to taking vital signs and running errands.
There are over 30,000 direct care workers in Arizona.
* Work settings range from individual residences to nursing homes, and the people served range from young children to older adults.
People of any age may need the assistance of a direct care worker if they cannot perform tasks of daily living by themselves because of an impairment or disability. Thousands of adults and children with physical or developmental disabilities are in community-based programs that provide day-to-day personal care, transportation,
residential and other essential services.
Direct care workers provide essential help with daily activities.
This allows the elderly and people with disabilities or chronic illness to live with as much dignity and independence as possible, regardless of
their age or condition.
Direct care workers provide care in many different places. They can work in someone’s home or in a residential facility. They can work in group homes where just a few people live or in larger buildings where many people gather for daily activities.
"She told me I had a knack for caring for others. I like to care for people and that is satisfying to me." Dawn H.; caregiver for 7 years
"Words can't describe it... I rejoice with my consumer in the progress that he makes." Steven W., direct support professional for 3 years
"This training is the greatest thing that ever happened to me; I love this job." Shirley W., Caregiver, first year
"This job helps me have a purposeful life. I don't feel like I'm punching a clock." Mark F., direct care worker, 14 years