Blind Aide

Help with driving and household chores for people without sight.
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Quick Stats


Outlook
Very Good

Salary Range
$16,000 – $26,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Blind Aides do?

People who can’t see are often able to do many things on their own. However, some activities are extremely difficult, if not impossible, to do without sight. Driving, for example, is a big no-no for the blind. But things get easier when a Blind Aide is around.

A Blind Aide may work as a Home Aide for one person, driving them to appointments or to the store to pick out needed groceries. He or she may also perform household tasks such as washing clothes, putting dishes away, fixing meals, cleaning the home, or making minor repairs. Blind Aides follow the person’s routine to the letter, and make sure not to move or adjust anything in the home without notifying them. Moving the furniture even by inches could cause the person to fall, and you’d feel just horrible if that happens.

As a Blind Aide, your work is incredibly rewarding, especially if it allows blind people to stay at home rather than entering a facility. Not all days are filled with sunlight and roses, however. Blind people can grow frustrated and cranky, just like anyone else, and you may become a target for complaints from time to time. Just try not to take this personally.

You may also work for a large school or a home for blind people. Here, you may be given a specific task to handle, such as helping people get dressed. Or you may work in an all-encompassing role, stepping in and offering help with almost anything, from guiding a person down the hall to helping them find and use the bathroom.


Should I be a Blind Aide?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Blind Escort, Escort, Blind, Geriatric Aide, Nurses' Aide

    How to become a Blind Aide

    Most Blind Aides have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9zaaaa&chl=no+college+%2870%25%29|certificate+%2829%25%29|associate%27s+%281%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,70,70
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