Personal care aides help clients with self-care and everyday tasks, and provide companionship. Duties Personal care aides typically do the following: * Care for and assist clients with cognitive impairments, such as Alzheimer's or mental illness * Provide companionship by talking to, playing games with, or going for walks with clients * Help clients with tasks related to hygiene, such as bathing, brushing teeth, and going to the bathroom * Help transfer clients from a bed to a wheelchair or vice versa * Complete housekeeping tasks, such as changing bed linens, washing dishes, and cleaning living areas * Help prepare and plan meals * Organize a client's schedule and plan appointments * Arrange transportation to doctors' offices or to the store * Help clients pay bills or manage money * Shop for personal items and groceries Personal care aides-also called homemakers, caregivers, companions, and personal attendants-provide clients with companionship and help with daily tasks. They often are hired in addition to healthcare or social workers who may visit a client's home, such as hospice workers. Personal care aides perform tasks that are similar to those of home health aides. However, personal care aides cannot provide any type of medical service, whereas home health aides may provide basic medical services. Direct support professionals work with people who have developmental or intellectual disabilities. They may help create a behavior plan and teach self-care skills, such as doing laundry or cooking meals. They may also provide other personal assistance services.