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Working As An In Home Aide

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • $22,513

    Average Salary

What Does An In Home 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 An In Home 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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In Home Aide Demographics

Gender

Female

85.0%

Male

13.2%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

66.2%

Hispanic or Latino

12.4%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

70.0%

French

8.0%

Portuguese

4.0%

German

4.0%

Filipino

2.0%

Welsh

2.0%

Carrier

2.0%

Armenian

2.0%

Russian

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%

Italian

2.0%
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In Home Aide Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.4%

Ozarks Technical Community College

10.4%

Kaplan University

8.0%

Ashford University

7.4%

Grand Canyon University

6.7%

Missouri State University

3.7%

Moberly Area Community College

3.7%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.7%

Grand Valley State University

3.7%

Vance-Granville Community College

3.7%

Towson University

3.7%

Wayne State University

3.1%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

3.1%

State Fair Community College

3.1%

East Tennessee State University

3.1%

Oakland Community College

3.1%

Cape Fear Community College

3.1%

Baker College

3.1%

Northern Michigan University

3.1%

Lansing Community College

2.5%
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Majors

Nursing

16.7%

Medical Assisting Services

11.5%

Business

11.1%

Psychology

9.6%

Nursing Assistants

7.9%

Health Care Administration

7.5%

Criminal Justice

5.7%

General Studies

4.0%

Social Work

3.2%

Education

2.7%

Medical Technician

2.5%

Human Services

2.5%

Accounting

2.3%

Management

2.1%

Occupational Therapy

2.1%

Liberal Arts

2.0%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.7%

Early Childhood Education

1.7%

Cosmetology

1.6%

Biology

1.6%
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Degrees

Other

40.5%

Bachelors

20.2%

Associate

18.2%

Certificate

9.1%

Masters

7.0%

Diploma

3.0%

License

1.6%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Top Skills for An In Home Aide

  1. Meal Prep
  2. Laundry Services
  3. Companionship
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  • Helped clients with basic needs including bathroom visits, clothes changes, light/heavy housework, meal prep and appointment scheduling.
  • Support patients by providing housekeeping and laundry services.
  • Provided homemaker services, transportation services and companionship for the elderly.
  • Cared for senior citizens living independently but requiring assistance with their personal care, medication reminders and activities of daily living.
  • Assisted emotional support and instructions for independent living.

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