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Working As A Health Aide

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • $28,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Health Aide Do

Home health aides help people with disabilities, chronic illness, or cognitive impairment with activities of daily living. They often help older adults who need assistance. In some states, home health aides may be able to give a client medication or check the client’s vital signs under the direction of a nurse or other healthcare practitioner.

Duties

Home health aides typically do the following:

  • Assist clients in their daily personal tasks, such as bathing or dressing
  • Provide basic health-related services according to a client’s needs, such as checking vital signs or administering prescribed medication at scheduled times
  • Do light housekeeping, such as laundry, washing dishes, and vacuuming in a client’s home
  • Help to organize a client’s schedule and plan appointments
  • Arrange transportation to doctors’ offices or for other kinds of outings
  • Shop for groceries and prepare meals to meet a client’s dietary specifications
  • Help to keep clients engaged in their social networks and communities

Home health aides, unlike personal care aides, typically work for certified home health or hospice agencies that receive government funding and therefore must comply with regulations. They work under the direct supervision of medical professionals, usually nurses. These aides keep records of services performed and of clients’ conditions and progress. They report changes in clients’ conditions to supervisors or case managers. Home health aides also work with therapists and other medical staff.

Depending on their clients’ needs, home health aides may provide some basic health-related services, such as checking a client’s pulse, temperature, and respiration rate. They may also help with simple prescribed exercises and or with giving medications. Occasionally, they change bandages or dressings, give massages, care for skin, or help with braces and artificial limbs. With special training, experienced home health aides also may help with medical equipment such as ventilators, which help clients breathe.

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How To Become A Health Aide

There is no formal education requirement for home health aides, but most aides have at least a high school diploma. Home health aides who work for certified home health or hospice agencies must complete formal training and pass a standardized test.

Education

Although a high school diploma or equivalent is not generally required, most home health aides have one before entering the occupation. Some formal education programs may be available from community colleges or vocational schools.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Home health aides who work for agencies that receive reimbursement from Medicare or Medicaid must get a minimum level of training and pass a competency evaluation to be certified. Training typically includes learning about personal hygiene, reading and recording vital signs, infection control, and basic nutrition. Aides may take a competency exam to become certified without taking any training.

Additional requirements for certification vary by state. In some states, the only requirement for employment is on-the-job training, which employers generally provide. Other states require formal training, which is available from community colleges, vocational schools, elder care programs, and home healthcare agencies. In addition, states may conduct background checks on prospective aides. For specific state requirements, contact the state’s health board.

In addition, many home health aides may be required to obtain CPR certification.

Training

Home health aides may be trained in housekeeping tasks, such as cooking for clients who have special dietary needs. Aides learn basic safety techniques, including how to respond in an emergency. Specific training may be needed for certification if state certification is required.

In addition, clients have their own preferences, and aides may need time to become comfortable working with them.

Important Qualities

Detail oriented. Home health aides must adhere to specific rules and protocols to help take care of clients. Aides must carefully follow instructions from healthcare professionals, such as how to care for a client’s wound or how to identify changes in a client’s condition.

Integrity. Home health aides should make clients feel comfortable when they tend to personal activities, such as helping a client bathe. In addition, home health aides must be dependable and trustworthy so that clients and their families can rely on them.

Interpersonal skills. Home health aides must work closely with their clients. Sometimes, clients are in extreme pain or distress, and aides must be sensitive to their emotions. Aides must be compassionate, and they must enjoy helping people.

Physical stamina. Home health aides should be comfortable performing physical tasks. They might need to lift or turn clients.

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Health Aide Career Paths

Health Aide
Home Health Aid Licensed Practical Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Registered Nurse Team Leader
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Office Manager
Business Office Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Assistant Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Utilization Review Nurse Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Instructor Consultant
Partner
6 Yearsyrs
Housekeeper Specialist Therapist
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Housekeeper Technician Shift Supervisor
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Housekeeper Driver Foreman
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Secretary Executive Assistant Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Secretary Consultant Case Manager
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Secretary Administrator Nurse Manager
Chief Nursing Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Officer Superintendent
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Mental Health Worker Residential Supervisor
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Clinician House Manager
Home Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Teacher Administrator Nurse Manager
Administrative Director, Behavioral Health Services
11 Yearsyrs
Teacher Administrator Registered Nurse Case Manager
Health Care Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$28,000
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$18,000
Min 10%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Median 50%
$43,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Harrisburg School District
Highest Paying City
Anchorage, AK
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.5 years
How much does a Health Aide make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Health Aide in the United States is $28,647 per year or $14 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $18,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $43,000.

Real Health Aide Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Health Aid Alfredhouse Eldercare, Inc. Rockville, MD Dec 20, 2010 $24,731
Health Aide Way of Hope, Incorporated Baltimore, MD Mar 04, 2008 $20,578
Health Aid King's Court Residential Community Orange, CA Oct 01, 2007 $20,244
Health Aid King's Court Residential Community Orange, CA Oct 29, 2007 $19,388 -
$19,827
Health Aid King's Court Residential Community Orange, CA Jan 02, 2008 $19,075
Health Aide Fancor Guest Home El Cajon, CA Nov 02, 2009 $17,823

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Top Skills for A Health Aide

  1. Personal Care
  2. Patient Care
  3. Independent Living
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided companion services and personal care assistance to elderly and chronically ill patients at their home or designated facility.
  • Work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary patient care setting.
  • Provide individuals with emotional support and instruction in areas such as independent living, and adaptation to disability or illness.
  • Pass food trays to them, laundry, vital Signs, encourage social skills, chart the activity of the individuals.
  • Provide limited health care to students & staff at Harrison elementary school under the supervision of a registered nurse.

Health Aide Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 5,094 Health Aide resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Health Aide Demographics

Gender

Female

70.0%

Unknown

15.1%

Male

14.9%
Ethnicity

White

62.4%

Hispanic or Latino

15.8%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

63.2%

French

15.5%

Mandarin

3.2%

Chinese

3.2%

Russian

1.9%

Vietnamese

1.3%

Hmong

1.3%

Cantonese

1.3%

Polish

1.3%

Arabic

1.3%

Swedish

0.6%

Hindi

0.6%

Dutch

0.6%

Korean

0.6%

Akan

0.6%

Hungarian

0.6%

Yoruba

0.6%

Afrikaans

0.6%

Albanian

0.6%

Greek

0.6%
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Health Aide Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.4%

Everest Institute

7.8%

The Academy

7.5%

Grand Canyon University

5.8%

Kaplan University

5.2%

Ashford University

4.9%

Community College of Philadelphia

4.5%

University of Akron

3.9%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.9%

Baltimore City Community College

3.6%

Baker College

3.2%

Remington College

3.2%

Liberty University

3.2%

Bryant and Stratton College

3.2%

Capella University

3.2%

Wayne County Community College District

2.9%

University of Pennsylvania

2.9%

Dutchess Community College

2.9%

University of Alaska Anchorage

2.9%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

2.6%
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Majors

Nursing

20.0%

Medical Assisting Services

16.0%

Business

11.8%

Health Care Administration

8.6%

Psychology

6.1%

Criminal Justice

4.7%

General Studies

4.5%

Nursing Assistants

4.0%

Social Work

3.2%

Liberal Arts

3.1%

Human Services

2.6%

Education

2.2%

Accounting

2.0%

Medical Technician

1.9%

Public Health

1.7%

Early Childhood Education

1.6%

Biology

1.6%

Management

1.5%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.4%

Health Sciences And Services

1.4%
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Degrees

Other

36.8%

Bachelors

22.9%

Associate

16.4%

Certificate

9.8%

Masters

7.2%

Diploma

4.8%

License

1.3%

Doctorate

0.7%
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