There are different types of patient care attendants, including nursing assistants, nurse’s aides, home health aides, geriatric aides, and hospital attendants. Some work in medical facilities, while others travel to patients’ homes. Patient care attendants may work on a part-time or full-time basis depending on the needs of their clients. Weekends and evening shifts are typical, as is having a caseload of several different patients.
A patient care attendant helps patients with basic grooming and dressing needs, administers medication, and, when working in a patient’s home, often attends to basic housekeeping duties which the patient cannot get to. Throughout these routine tasks, a patient care attendant keeps the patient company, keeping an eye out for any changes in the patient’s physical, emotional, or mental condition. The patient care attendant communicates the status of the patient, including any changes, periodically, to a supervisor, case manager, or nurse.