Home health aides make a major difference in the lives of their clients— providing essential health care that their families may not be able to offer. Home health aides help the elderly… people with disabilities… and those recovering from illness… with basic healthcare tasks such as changing dressings and administering medications. They monitor their clients’ health and report changes in status to licensed nursing staff, who direct their work. Home health aides may also help with routine tasks like feeding, bathing and dressing… and, depending on their clients’ needs, may assist with other personal care such as light housekeeping and meal preparation. Most home health aides work in clients’ homes, but they may also work in small group homes, hospice care, and adult day care facilities. Some home health aides see the same client daily for years, while others work with new clients often. Although there is no formal education requirement, most home health aides have a high school diploma. Jobs in certified home health or hospice agencies require formal training and certification. Additional certification requirements vary from state to state. While this career can be emotionally and physically demanding—clients… and their families… rely on the skills and integrity of home health aides.
What they do:
Provide routine individualized healthcare such as changing bandages and dressing wounds, and applying topical medications to the elderly, convalescents, or persons with disabilities at the patient's home or in a care facility. Monitor or report changes in health status. May also provide personal care such as bathing, dressing, and grooming of patient.
On the job, you would:
Maintain records of patient care, condition, progress, or problems to report and discuss observations with supervisor or case manager.
Provide patients with help moving in and out of beds, baths, wheelchairs, or automobiles and with dressing and grooming.
Arts and Humanities
listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
looking for ways to help people
understanding people's reactions
noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
communicate by speaking
listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
notice when problems happen
make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
do two or more things at the same time
pay attention to something without being distracted
People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
Concern for Others
Attention to Detail
You might use software like this on the job:
Data base reporting software
Internet browser software
Web browser software
high school diploma/GED or certificate after high school usually needed
Examples of Registered Apprenticeship programs include:
Health Support Specialist
HHA Dementia Care Specialty
HHA Hospice and Palliative Care Specialty
Home Health Aide
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.