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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Home Services Manager--Home Health Care||Grace Home Health Care||Long Beach, CA||Sep 01, 2015||$92,000|
|Home Health Care Occupational Therapist||Compleat Rehab and Sports Therapy Center||Jacksonville, FL||Jul 22, 2015||$84,739|
|Home Health Care Ocupational Therapist||Compleat Rehab and Sports Therapy Center||Salisbury, NC||Sep 17, 2012||$77,355|
|Home Health Care Occupational Therapist||Compleat Rehab and Sports Therapy Center||Gastonia, NC||Oct 15, 2015||$75,941|
|Home Health Care Occupational Therapist||Compleat Rehab and Sports Therapy Center||Gastonia, NC||Apr 02, 2015||$75,941|
|Home Health Care Occupational Therapist||Compleat Rehab and Sports Therapy Center||Gastonia, NC||Apr 09, 2015||$75,629|
|Physical Therapist, Home Health Care||Visting Nurse Association of Maryland, LLC||Baltimore, MD||Sep 17, 2012||$75,400|
|Business Analyst, Home Health Care||Hope In Home Care LLC||Newport News, VA||Oct 27, 2016||$70,750|
|Home Health Care Occupational Therapist||Compleat Rehab and Sports Therapy Center||Gastonia, NC||Sep 07, 2012||$70,720 -
|Home Health Care Occupational Therapist||Compleat Rehab and Sports Therapy Center||Gastonia, NC||Sep 12, 2012||$70,720 -
Documentation for home health care
Social Care - A Day in the Home
Occupational Video - Health Care Aide