Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA), Certified Nurses Aide (CNA), Home Care Aide, Home Health Aide (HHA)
In the Air Force:
Aerospace Medical Service; Aerospace Medical Service Apprentice, Flight and Operational Medical Technician; Aerospace Medical Service Craftsman, Allergy/Immunization Technician; Aerospace Medical Service Craftsman, Neurodiagnostic Medical Technician; Aerospace Medical Service Helper, Independent Duty Medical Technician; Aerospace Medical Service Journeyman, Allergy/Immunization Technician; Aerospace Medical Service Superintendent; Dental Assistant Craftsman; Dental Assistant Journeyman, Dental Hygienist; Health Services Management Craftsman
In the Army:
Combat Medic Specialist; Practical Nursing Specialist; Unit Supply Specialist
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:
Monitor the health status of an individual with disabilities or illness, and address their health-related needs, such as changing bandages, dressing wounds, or administering medication. Work is performed under the direction of offsite or intermittent onsite licensed nursing staff. Provide assistance with routine healthcare tasks or activities of daily living, such as feeding, bathing, toileting, or ambulation. May also help with tasks such as preparing meals, doing light housekeeping, and doing laundry depending on the patient's abilities.
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:
Operating system software
Video conferencing software
Electronic mail software
high school diploma/GED or certificate after high school usually needed
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.