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Personal Care Workers

Descriptions & Duties

  • Personal Care Workers provide direct personal care and assistance with activities of daily living to elderly and disabled people at the customers' home or in a care facility. They are responsible for helping customers with personal and household hygiene, preparing meals, providing health care services, directing customers in simple prescribed exercises. They may need to accompany the customers to clinics when necessary.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:1 (Max:5) 

Skill is rarely required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:1 (Max:5) 

Skill is rarely required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:1 (Max:5) 

Skill is rarely required


Trade Specific Competencies

Personal care knowledge and skills

Personal Care Workers must know personal care techniques, such as feeding, lifting, changing diapers, and showering, to ensure that their customers are properly cared for.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • typically have primary or above education level, ; for the post of Health Workers, usually have secondary 5 or above education level

Professional qualification

  • complete training courses on elderly care or health services; for the post of Health Workers, with completion of approved health worker training course, and must be registered health workers

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $10,000-$20,000

Monthly Salary $20,000-$40,000

Monthly Salary $20,000-$50,000

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Personal Care Workers generally work at the customers' home or in a care facility. They work shifts, often including early morning, late evenings, weekends, and holidays. They perform physically demanding tasks such as lifting and turning customers. They may work full time or part time.


  • Alarm systems
  • Bathtub seats; Shower chairs
  • Canes
  • Crutches
  • Electronic blood pressure units
  • Foot boards
  • Glucometers
  • Hearing aid devices
  • Home care ventilators
  • Lower-body prosthetic devices
  • Medical heat lamps or accessories
  • Patient lifting devices
  • Specimen collection containers
  • Therapeutic elastic stockings
  • Therapeutic ice pack or pillow
  • Upper-body prosthetic devices
  • Urinalysis test strips
  • Wheelchairs

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