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Working As A Home Attendant

  • 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 Home Attendant 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 Home Attendant

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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Average Yearly Salary
$28,000
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$16,000
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%
$48,000
Max 90%
Highest Paying City
Big Sky, MT
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.5 years
How much does a Home Attendant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Home Attendant in the United States is $28,035 per year or $13 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $16,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $48,000.

Real Home Attendant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Home Attendant Nalluru C. Murthy FL Jul 27, 2012 $30,000
Home Attendant Carla Provenzano NJ Jul 01, 2011 $28,028
Home Attendant John Henry Hoeven, Jr. Rancho Mirage, CA Mar 15, 2016 $27,165
Home Attendant Leonard Lady Huntington Beach, CA Mar 28, 2016 $26,104
Home Attendant Patricia Massie Indian Wells, CA Jul 30, 2012 $25,293
Home Attendant Stanley Krueger NY Jun 01, 2011 $24,501
Home Attendant Fang Hung Wu NY Aug 16, 2012 $24,211
Home Attendant Prabhat Garg Bethesda, MD Aug 14, 2015 $24,000
Home Attendant Patricia Massie Indian Wells, CA Sep 06, 2011 $23,899
Home Attendant Ronald McDowell Bowie, MD Nov 23, 2009 $22,686
Home Attendant Carepeople Home Health, Inc. VA Jul 01, 2012 $22,623
Home Attendant David Pesquira HI Sep 15, 2012 $22,080
Home Attendant Lynna Silverstein Del Mar, CA Dec 09, 2011 $22,080
Home Attendant Mortimer Williams FL Apr 02, 2011 $21,997
Home Attendant Greg Culbertson (Private Household) Alexandria, VA Jan 15, 2009 $21,538
Home Attendant Transitions for The Developmentally Disabled, Inc. AZ Apr 20, 2011 $20,870
Home Attendant Christian Michael Inc. DBA Ironwood Holistic Care H OR Jan 01, 2011 $19,618
Home Attendant Denis Camardo Chicago, IL Nov 25, 2015 $19,302
Nursing Home Attendant Villa Jean Chandler, AZ Nov 14, 2007 $19,200
Nursing Home Attendant Villa Jean Chandler, AZ Oct 26, 2007 $19,200
Home Attendant Christian Michael Inc. DBA Ironwood Holistic Care H OR Dec 15, 2010 $18,866
Home Attendant Rhoda Herrick Day, NY Feb 07, 2008 $18,073
Home Attendant David Pesquira HI Jul 01, 2012 $18,000
Nursing Home Attendant Christine's Rose Garden Homecare, LLC Peoria, AZ May 07, 2010 $18,000

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Top Skills for A Home Attendant

  1. Meal Prep
  2. Medical Appointments
  3. Personal Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided health care assistance to elderly and/or disabled including meal preparation, physical hygiene and companionship
  • Provided companionship, escorted patients to medical appointments, monitored vital signs, performed housekeeping along with laundry/cooking.
  • Provided housekeeping and routine personal care services.
  • Provided housekeeping and laundry services.
  • Provided assisted daily living services and patient care for the elderly and infirm manifesting a variety of handicaps and ailments.

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Top 10 Best States for Home Attendants

  1. Minnesota
  2. Nevada
  3. Vermont
  4. Delaware
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Rhode Island
  7. New Hampshire
  8. Iowa
  9. North Dakota
  10. Montana
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Home Attendant Demographics

Gender

Female

63.0%

Unknown

21.2%

Male

15.8%
Ethnicity

White

56.1%

Hispanic or Latino

22.5%

Black or African American

12.9%

Asian

5.5%

Unknown

3.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

69.8%

Russian

10.5%

French

3.5%

Chinese

2.3%

Navajo

1.2%

Hebrew

1.2%

Uzbek

1.2%

Yoruba

1.2%

Cantonese

1.2%

Amharic

1.2%

Greek

1.2%

Armenian

1.2%

Polish

1.2%

Mandarin

1.2%

Albanian

1.2%

Ukrainian

1.2%
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Home Attendant Education

Schools

Monroe College

8.8%

Allen School - Jamaica

8.8%

Bronx Community College of the City University of New York

6.9%

Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York

6.5%

Hostos Community College of the City University of New York

6.0%

University of Phoenix

6.0%

Touro College

5.6%

Borough of Manhattan Community College of the City University of New York

5.6%

New York University

4.6%

College of New Rochelle

4.6%

The Academy

4.2%

Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York

4.2%

York College

4.2%

Ashford University

3.7%

New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York

3.7%

University of Houston

3.7%

Mercy College - Dobbs Ferry

3.2%

Interboro Institute

3.2%

Houston Community College

3.2%

City College of New York of the City University of New York

3.2%
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Majors

Nursing

16.1%

Medical Assisting Services

15.2%

Business

11.2%

Health Care Administration

7.6%

Nursing Assistants

7.1%

Psychology

5.8%

Criminal Justice

4.7%

Liberal Arts

4.2%

Accounting

4.2%

Education

3.3%

Early Childhood Education

2.5%

Human Services

2.5%

Social Work

2.4%

Teaching Assistants/Aides

2.3%

General Studies

2.1%

Medical Technician

2.0%

Communication

1.8%

Pharmacy

1.7%

Cosmetology

1.6%

Computer Science

1.6%
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Degrees

Other

38.1%

Bachelors

20.8%

Associate

18.6%

Certificate

11.4%

Diploma

5.4%

Masters

4.2%

Doctorate

0.9%

License

0.7%
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