Established to meet the needs of Direct Care Employers, the Arizona Caregiver Academy provides access to professional, state licensed and up-to-date training for Direct Care Employees, replacing the need for expensive in-house training courses or materials.  Founded by the owner of one of the largest in-home care companies in Arizona, ACA understands what knowledge and skills employers and employees must have to meet their clients’ needs.

  • The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 41% increase in personal care jobs and in-home caregiving jobs over the next 10 years.
  • There are currently more than 30,000 direct care workers in Arizona.
  • Work settings range from individual residences to nursing homes.
  • People served in this industry range from young children to senior citizens.

Who are Direct Care Workers?

The term direct care worker (DCW) includes direct support professionals (DSP), caregivers, personal assistants, and attendants.

Some common titles include:    
  • Caregiver
  • Home Care Aide
  • Attendant Care Worker
  • Personal Assistant
  • Personal Care Attendant
  • Direct Support Professional
  • Rehabilitation Technician
  • Respite Care Worker
  • Classroom Aide

Daily tasks may include:

  • Personal Care: bathing, grooming, eating
  • Home Making: meal preparation, laundry, shopping, cleaning
  • Activities: plan activities and recreation, teach skills
  • Support: help individuals to be independent and remain in their own home
  • Respite: companionship, relief for the family

Where do Direct Care Professionals work?
Many direct support professionals are employed by an agency that provides in-home care services. Many others work for residential facilities, including:

  • Private homes
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Nursing homes
  • Group homes
  • Adult day care centers                       

DCW careers are ideal for people looking for:

  • Unique work schedules
  • An opportunity to be around people
  • A stepping stone into other healthcare positions such as:
    • Social Work
    • Nursing
    • Staff & Scheduling
    • Consumer Advocacy
    • Management
    • Job security
    • Career advancement


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