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Become A Home Health Provider

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Working As A Home Health Provider

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • $39,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Home Health Provider 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 Provider

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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Top Skills for A Home Health Provider

  1. Meal Prep
  2. Medical Appointments
  3. Laundry Services
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided light housekeeping and meal preparation.
  • Transport and accompany elderly to medical appointments, grocery shopping and everyday personal errands.
  • Supported patients by providing housekeeping and laundry services.
  • Avoid unnecessary hospitalizations Personal Care Housekeeper Medical transportation Basic living functions assistance
  • Provided direct patient care in Children's Outpatient Partial Hospitalization Program.

Home Health Provider Demographics

Gender

Female

73.2%

Unknown

13.4%

Male

13.4%
Ethnicity

White

51.7%

Hispanic or Latino

28.8%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

5.2%

Unknown

2.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

85.3%

German

5.9%

French

5.9%

Swedish

2.9%
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Home Health Provider Education

Schools

Del Mar College

10.1%

Houston Community College

10.1%

South Texas College

9.2%

University of Phoenix

8.3%

San Antonio College

7.3%

Coastal Bend College

5.5%

Remington College

4.6%

Texas School of Business

4.6%

Texas State Technical College - Harlingen

4.6%

South Texas Vocational Technical Institute - McAllen

3.7%

Tyler Junior College

3.7%

Lamar State College - Orange

3.7%

Prairie View A & M University

3.7%

Walden University

3.7%

Ashford University

3.7%

Texas Southern University

2.8%

Lamar Institute of Technology

2.8%

St. Philip's College

2.8%

Trinity Valley Community College

2.8%

Dorsey School of Business

2.8%
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Majors

Nursing

18.2%

Medical Assisting Services

17.7%

Business

13.3%

Health Care Administration

10.6%

Criminal Justice

4.3%

Accounting

4.1%

Education

3.8%

Psychology

3.8%

Nursing Assistants

2.7%

Secretarial And Administrative Science

2.7%

General Studies

2.4%

Social Work

2.4%

Medical Technician

2.4%

Early Childhood Education

1.9%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.6%

Cosmetology

1.6%

Computer Science

1.6%

Elementary Education

1.6%

Human Services

1.6%

Mental Health Counseling

1.4%
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Degrees

Other

42.4%

Associate

17.2%

Bachelors

15.3%

Certificate

11.7%

Diploma

6.7%

Masters

5.9%

License

0.8%
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