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Working As A Home Health Care

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • $21,920

    Average Salary

What Does A Home Health Care 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 Health Care

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 Length of Employment
Nursing Home Aide 2.9 years
Care Provider 2.5 years
Home Health Aid 2.4 years
Home Care Nurse 2.3 years
Health Aide 2.3 years
Care Associate 2.2 years
In Home Aide 2.0 years
Home Health Care 2.0 years
Home Help Aide 1.9 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 15.4%
Teller 3.2%
Server 2.2%
Secretary 2.2%
Assistant 2.2%
Supervisor 1.9%
Waitress 1.9%
Top Employers After
Cashier 10.9%
Manager 2.5%
Cook 2.2%
Teller 2.2%

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Home Health Care Demographics

Gender

Female

83.2%

Male

14.9%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

81.4%

Hispanic or Latino

10.0%

Asian

6.5%

Unknown

1.6%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.3%

French

13.2%

German

5.3%

Italian

5.3%

Swahili

2.6%

Romanian

2.6%

Cherokee

2.6%

Wolof

2.6%

Armenian

2.6%

Russian

2.6%

Polish

2.6%

Lingala

2.6%
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Home Health Care Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.3%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

8.6%

Kaplan University

7.1%

Ashford University

5.7%

Walden University

5.7%

Houston Community College

4.3%

Henry Ford College

4.3%

Palm Beach State College

4.3%

American InterContinental University

4.3%

Branford Hall Career Institute - Branford Campus

4.3%

Eastern Michigan University

4.3%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

4.3%

South University

4.3%

Indiana State University

4.3%

Grand Canyon University

4.3%

Greenville Technical College

4.3%

Owens Community College

2.9%

Mesa Community College - Boswell

2.9%

Columbia Southern University

2.9%

University of Toledo

2.9%
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Majors

Nursing

27.0%

Business

14.2%

Medical Assisting Services

9.8%

Health Care Administration

9.2%

Nursing Assistants

7.9%

Criminal Justice

3.8%

General Studies

3.3%

Psychology

3.3%

Education

2.3%

Occupational Therapy

2.3%

Pharmacy

2.3%

Physical Therapy

2.1%

Mental Health Counseling

1.9%

Medical Technician

1.9%

Social Work

1.7%

Culinary Arts

1.5%

Management

1.5%

Human Development

1.5%

Cosmetology

1.3%

Biology

1.3%
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Degrees

Other

37.4%

Bachelors

19.6%

Associate

17.6%

Certificate

11.4%

Masters

6.6%

Diploma

3.5%

License

2.5%

Doctorate

1.4%
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Top Skills for A Home Health Care

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You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Home Health Care Provider-Employed by Public Partnerships, LLC Provided daily assistance to a wheelchair-bound individual with Cerebral Palsy
  • Provide assistance with personal care; dispense medications, housekeeping, cooking, run errands.
  • Administer daily catheter, medication and meal preparation.
  • Supervised and provided direction to professional and auxiliary personnel who also provided direct patient care.
  • Assist quadriplegic with ADLs such as transfers, catheter care, wound prevention and care, and bowel program.

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Home Health Care Videos

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